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Edit:Edit: To address the second point, you'll notice that these questions are being addressed on Meta – are these topics appropriate? We should leave discussions of these issues to those threads, and address the topicality of closed questions (the new topic) here.

Edit: I feel as though I'm not being very specific, so I believe I should address the individual questions brought up:

Which martial arts focus on self defense? [closed]

I voted to close this question because I felt that the wording invited and was clearly engendering the solicitation of opinion, rather than fact. This is one of the criteria of a question being constructive. I know this is going to be a tricky and touchy subject for this board, but so long as the rules explicitly state that questions of comparison without any basis in fact should be closed, I will continue to vote to close questions that I feel are engendering this sort of response. I will, however, always attempt to (as time permits) post my reasoning for voting such that the OP has the information available to him to make corrections necessary to get the question back to the proposed level. Even if, however, the question removes the subjectivity of the use of "best", we're still left with an extremely open ended question asking for an evaluation of thousands of different forms of martial arts.

Which muscles do I use to stand? [closed]

I did not vote to close this question; it was closed by the time I got to it. I did offer in comment a proposition in which walking and standing might relate back to martial arts (specifically the study of Nanba). I do agree that the way that it was written and organized made the question inappropriate for this Q&A.

What's the best way to sew badges onto a uniform so they don't come off?

This question is explicit to the martial arts community, and one that tends to be a problem in many organizations – attaching badges that an organization requires that just keep coming off. I see no problem with this being asked.

Whats the best way to stop a nose bleed quickly?

This has been discussed on meta: http://meta.martialarts.stackexchange.com/questions/7/are-questions-about-treating-injuries-off-topic

I will not rehash the discussion here.

Whats the best way to get sweat stains out of a Gi?

I feel this is a low quality question, and did propose some edits to it this morning that I felt removed the subjectivity without changing the overall spirit of the question.

Edit: To address the second point, you'll notice that these questions are being addressed on Meta – are these topics appropriate? We should leave discussions of these issues to those threads, and address the topicality of closed questions (the new topic) here.

Edit: To address the second point, you'll notice that these questions are being addressed on Meta – are these topics appropriate? We should leave discussions of these issues to those threads, and address the topicality of closed questions (the new topic) here.

Edit: I feel as though I'm not being very specific, so I believe I should address the individual questions brought up:

Which martial arts focus on self defense? [closed]

I voted to close this question because I felt that the wording invited and was clearly engendering the solicitation of opinion, rather than fact. This is one of the criteria of a question being constructive. I know this is going to be a tricky and touchy subject for this board, but so long as the rules explicitly state that questions of comparison without any basis in fact should be closed, I will continue to vote to close questions that I feel are engendering this sort of response. I will, however, always attempt to (as time permits) post my reasoning for voting such that the OP has the information available to him to make corrections necessary to get the question back to the proposed level. Even if, however, the question removes the subjectivity of the use of "best", we're still left with an extremely open ended question asking for an evaluation of thousands of different forms of martial arts.

Which muscles do I use to stand? [closed]

I did not vote to close this question; it was closed by the time I got to it. I did offer in comment a proposition in which walking and standing might relate back to martial arts (specifically the study of Nanba). I do agree that the way that it was written and organized made the question inappropriate for this Q&A.

What's the best way to sew badges onto a uniform so they don't come off?

This question is explicit to the martial arts community, and one that tends to be a problem in many organizations – attaching badges that an organization requires that just keep coming off. I see no problem with this being asked.

Whats the best way to stop a nose bleed quickly?

This has been discussed on meta: http://meta.martialarts.stackexchange.com/questions/7/are-questions-about-treating-injuries-off-topic

I will not rehash the discussion here.

Whats the best way to get sweat stains out of a Gi?

I feel this is a low quality question, and did propose some edits to it this morning that I felt removed the subjectivity without changing the overall spirit of the question.

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stslavik
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This is a good question.

My view is this:

A question can and should be voted to be closed based on the bare minimum StackExchange requirements. That is, if the question appear to be written in a way to draw opinion, is unclear, are overly localized, etc. then they have a problem in the format.

Being closed is not the end of the world, and not even the end of that question. Since the reason that it's closed is written below the closed question, the author has an opportunity to address the perceived problem and correct it, then vote for it to be reopened. If the community as a whole feels that the problem has been corrected, then the question should be reopened.

Setting good foundations help to build a strong community. Voting and commenting about reasons for a closure are not a personal attack, and should not be considered personal by any means. We do, however, need to keep a strict eye on what should and should not be acceptable so we don't end up like Yahoo!Answers's Martial Arts board with 90% of the questions being "Who would win a fight of X vs Y?"

Edit: To address the second point, you'll notice that these questions are being addressed on Meta – are these topics appropriate? We should leave discussions of these issues to those threads, and address the topicality of closed questions (the new topic) here.