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Should we explicitly include “piece recommendations” as a close reasons?

Our Help Center says that asking for recommendations of pieces of music is off-topic: If you have a question […] [that] is not about… recommendations of pieces to listen to, study, or play, or that ...
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Question closed, asked for song examples to illustrate modes

Regarding this question, it was immediately closed due to the reason that it asked for song identification. First, closing due to identification is another animal, usually where the OP is just firing ...
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Why was "Isn't it obvious the pitch value alphabet language of music is Chomsky regular?" closed?

The question Isn't it obvious the pitch value alphabet language of music is Chomsky regular? seems like a valid and potentially useful music theory question. It asks about whether music can be modeled ...
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How can we refine the "basic analysis" close reason?

Here's a great example of a question that generated several thoughtful and interesting answers in which advanced members of the community disagreed: How does one differentiate a song in Dorian vs. a ...
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Legal question prohibition vs. copyright questions and the [copyright] tag: Close them all and remove the tag [duplicate]

There is currently a contradiction between prohibition of legal questions and the existence (and usage) of the copyrights tag. The legal questions prohibition is long established. For example On our ...
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The Copyrights tag

There are a dozen or so questions with the copyrights tag, many currently pending closure. Legal issues are off-topic on SE: Music Practice & Theory (see: Are questions on copyright on topic?). ...
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Can opinion based questions be valuable?

At this moment the question How can I stop playing notes and start playing music? has already 14 answers, yet the highest voted one has only two upvotes, 3 questions have 1 upvote, remaining 10 have ...
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What are the primary rationales for banning "recommendation" questions (to help decide when something should be CVed and when it shouldn't)

I was looking at this question, "Are there any keyboards that can let you do pitch-bend by directly manipulating the key," which has attracted several close votes as a "recommendation ...
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Hey, where'd our "belongs on musicfans" close-reason go?

I went to vote to close a question just now as being better suited for musicfans.stackexchange. When I clicked on "A community-specific reason" and "belongs on another site," the ...
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Updating close reasons to fit the new format

As another year of Music SE comes to a close, it brings an opportunity for us as a site to reflect and make the site better. One way we can do this is through a newish global SE improvement. The close ...
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How can a question closed as "seeking recommendations for specific equipment" be made on-topic?

In particular, I am looking at this Q&A: Detect piano notes and chords. The original post was an explicit request for software recommendations: Is there an app or open source software that can ...
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What is a sufficiently "substantial" question?

This question began with my curiosity about the close votes and decision on this recent question: Help me figure out the mode of this Howard Shore piece The rationale given for closing is as follows: ...
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My Question was closed a software/equipment recommendation. What does that mean and what can I do?

A question I asked was closed with the reason: Questions seeking recommendations for specific equipment are off-topic, because they are primarily opinion based. Instead, describe the required ...
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Should "Does tuning music to A = 432 Hz versus A = 440 Hz have a measurable effect on listeners?" stay or go

A few hours ago I asked and self-answered "Does tuning music to A = 432 Hz versus A = 440 Hz have a measurable effect on listeners?". Since then, based on comments and another answer, it's ...
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A proposal for dealing with certain over-broad questions

Background The question What is the function of this chord progression in Schubert's “Winterreise”? was closed as needing "details or clarity." In response to various comments, the OP did ...
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Can an old question be a duplicate of a new question?

Recently I have seen a flurry of old questions being flagged as duplicates of newer questions. Surely this is the wrong way round?
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I think this question has been closed by mistake

Original title: Can I power my pedals and amp from a single power supply from a single wall outlet? Question asked in the body: Is there a product that I can plug into a wall outlet and use to power ...
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Reopen request: Daily schedule of a composer

Just calling attention to the title question Daily schedule of a composer. I've voted to reopen. From the comments: Voting to re-open: I think this question fits well within the "constructive ...
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How can I appeal a closed question?

I asked a question here and its reason for closing is... not even relevant to what the question is asking. It's so irrelevant that I'm having a difficult time defending against it outside of "the ...
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Add migration to Music Fans to the close vote options [duplicate]

I see this was proposed 5 years ago. Can we do it now? Add migration to Music Fans as an option to the close vote menu?
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How "basic" is basic for "basic analysis question" from the off-topic close description?

Sure, no one likes "What key is this completely diatonic pop song in", or "what is C-E-G-A♯", or their million uninspiring counterparts. But the close reasons we have seem to expressly forbid "chord/...
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What criteria should we use when choosing close reasons for marginal questions?

Sometimes we get questions that seem like they may be closed or put on hold for multiple reasons. I have in mind this question at the moment. The question is asking about analyzing MusicXML files ...
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What is the correct flag for questions which simply request external resources or book lists?

Sometimes we see questions which seem to be simple requests for external resources. Another variant on this is the request for titles from the literature on some topic. This is something that I have ...
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Do the "do my homework for me" questions deserve a canned close reason?

I just ran into a question asking to place a couple dozen notes described in scientific pitch notation onto a scale. That's obviously someone trying to get the community to do his homework for him, ...
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Request for software with specific features closed as off topic: Any use rewording it?

I know the meta section is overflowing with these kind of questions, but I'm still having trouble interpreting the policy. I recently asked if there is any guitar learning software that offers a ...
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Why is Genre Placement Off Topic?

Take a look at this question: https://music.stackexchange.com/questions/45218/rhythm-blues-vs-blues It has been put on hold for being off-topic, because genre placement is off-topic. Now, the only ...
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Why is this question on hold as asking for a recommendation for specific equipment?

Keyboard for a beginner to learn to play some popular tunes It doesn't mention specific equipment, nor does it ask for recommendations for specific equipment. It did have the word 'recommendation' ...
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Change close reason about finding sheet music

Before anything else, I agree question of type "[link/name of piece or song] sounds/is/looks/whatevers cool, search the sheet music for me" should be closed. Nowadays, with the internet and advanced ...
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Bad formatting: "Questions about transcribing or finding a particular song —"

Today, on the Off Topic Closing Reasons I found this bug:
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Wording of the close reason for "bad" analysis questions

We've come up with some criteria for allowing analysis questions here: If some analysis of specific works is to be allowed, what are the criteria? What should the wording of the close reason be for ...
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Question closure: inconsistency?

This came up just a couple of days ago on this question. Commenters seemed to side on the side of not closing it, but it was closed, citing that listing ways for musicians to find other musicians was ...
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New close reason suggestion for health and legal question

Recently we got this question and over my time here I feel that there have been other questions where the only advice we can give is to see a doctor, lawyer, ect. Off the top of my head here are two ...
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Should external resource lists be allowed on the site?

I was looking at the question Guitar fretboard diagram generators Providing a list of ways that are often used to diagram fretboards is fine, but when It's specifically asking "Are there any ...
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the definition of opinion-based

Excuse me. An opinion-based question: Which question is more opinion-based: liszt-s-566-schumann-widmung-v-s-liszt-liebestraum-no-3 or can-a-24-year-old-learn-to-play-violin-viola-proficiently? May I ...
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Redundant off-topic reasons?

Ok? 0.o Questions on identifying a particular song, genre, instrument, etc. based on a sample or picture are off-topic as they're rarely useful to future readers. Questions on identifying (or ...
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