So I asked a question regarding a chord which could possbily have more than one chord symbol. The answers to the question also said that there could be more than one chord symbol. But now my question is put on hold, as it is considered "off topic". Why is it so?

What is the chord symbol for the marked chord? [on hold]

  • You need to link to the closed question here if you want to have a discussion about it.
    – Dan Hulme
    May 1, 2019 at 7:46
  • Hi Grace - it is worth reading through our extensive tour and How to Ask pages, as well as anything on here or the wider meta.stackexchange.com tagged faq. Loads of guidance there.
    – Doktor Mayhem Mod
    May 1, 2019 at 10:30
  • Ok thanks for letting me know
    – Grace
    May 1, 2019 at 16:50

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The closure banner on your question explains the reason it was closed:

Questions about transcribing or finding a particular song, including identifying chords, notes, key and time signatures, or similar elements, are off-topic since they are rarely useful to future readers.

That is, "identify this one chord for me" questions are off-topic because they're not useful to anyone else. It makes no difference whether there might be one or several ways of writing the particular chord.

If you have a more generally applicable question about writing chord names - a question that's not specific to a particular piece but could help others as well - then that's more likely to be on-topic. For example, you could ask about what rules to follow to decide which name to use when transcribing a chord that has more than one name. Such a question would be useful to anyone transcribing any piece.

  • Alright, got it
    – Grace
    May 1, 2019 at 16:50
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    Hi @grace - if an answer helps you, instead of commenting, please upvote it and click on the accept checkmark
    – Doktor Mayhem Mod
    May 1, 2019 at 22:12

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