How do I close a question?


I have read the faq page and cant see it in there. How do I get hold of a site editor to remove (or at least close) one of my questions? They have run into a cul-de-sac and I dont think they will ever get an answer that I can tick as being the actual solution to the problem. I now have enough rep to vote to close my own questions but that means I need 4 other people to also vote to close them. If its my question cant I close it without anyone else's input? I dont think the questions necessarily need to be deleted as they may inform others who wander into the problem areas they cover but there isnt any reason to leave them open (IMO).

Is there any way to make contact user to user on the site? If so I should/would have used that rather than ask another question!

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asked Jan 15, 2010 at 09:51 AM in Default

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3 answers: sort voted first

I think you need to be a moderator, but if you let me know which ones you feel should be closed then I can have a look...

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answered Jan 15, 2010 at 10:04 AM

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and thats where the DM ability would come in useful!! Clustered Index vs Unique Key -> http://ask.sqlservercentral.com/questions/2572/clustered-unique-index-vs-pk and TSQL to query Exchange Server Data -> http://ask.sqlservercentral.com/questions/2318/tsql-to-query-exchange-server-data
Jan 15, 2010 at 10:29 AM Fatherjack ♦♦
I've done those - although you got some pretty good answers on the first one, given the question...
Jan 15, 2010 at 11:49 AM Matt Whitfield ♦♦
Thanks Matt. I dont have any problem with the answers, lots of great info but there was only 1 comment that actually answered the question of "whats the difference in performance ..." with "nothing at all". Should I tick that answer as the chosen one or will that mislead others reading the questions in the future - it was the same user but the answer he added his comment on was off target? Cheers Jonathan
Jan 15, 2010 at 12:41 PM Fatherjack ♦♦
No worries - personally I tend to tick answers based on thinking about what will be most useful to someone who would come to the page in a year's time from a search engine... But I don't think there are particularly any rules!
Jan 15, 2010 at 12:54 PM Matt Whitfield ♦♦
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Not saying what you want to do, or what Matt has done is 'wrong', but just wanted to put the argument for the other side.

If your questions don't (yet) have answers that you are willing to accept, then why not leave them open?

Or if there is an answer, or a partial answer somewhat jumbled up in another answer, or even spread over many answers, then you could summarise them up into an answer yourself, and mark that as the accepted answer.

To me 'closing' the questions seems a bit final. There may be some useful additional info to be added 6 months, 12 months, 2 years down the line by new users. The most relevant ones will always bubble to the top, that's the beauty of this kind of site.

The reason you can't close your own questions without the agreement of 4 others is that this is a collaborative site, and once it's posted it's owned by the site and the users, not you :)

Mods will close down questions for inappropriateness, but for quality questions like yours, you wouldn't generally want to.

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answered Jan 15, 2010 at 01:34 PM

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I think I agree entirely with that, but I figure when asked it's probably polite! :)
Jan 15, 2010 at 01:52 PM Matt Whitfield ♦♦
Thanks for the comments Kev, I appreciate your opinion of the questions. I guess it was me trying to keep things neat and thinking that because they werent answered then it was best to get them out of the way.
Jan 15, 2010 at 06:00 PM Fatherjack ♦♦
also, been thinking about this, 'closing' is a precursor to 'deleting' - and I don't want to see your questions deleted. Have a think about it and see if you wouldn't mind 'un-closing' them :)
Jan 17, 2010 at 08:07 AM Kev Riley ♦♦
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Hmm... I have a 'delete' button on my questions, just under the tags.

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answered Jan 15, 2010 at 09:57 AM

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yeah, me to. Not sure if they are so bad that they need deleting, just need tidying away really ... Well, maybe they do needto be shot. I'll leave that up to better and greater people to decide ;)
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