I want to know why the following question was closed. closed question on dba

That question is nothing, but a link to a valid question on SO ( with an excepted wrong answer there).

I agree that a valid question has to be more than a link, but I think that some comments why the question is closed would help to make it more transparent and give the questioner a chance to rewrite it as valid question.

I state, that the original question from SO What programming language is this? would be a perfectly valid question here.

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Precisely because — as you said — "that question is nothing but a link."

The text of the question (the information contained on this site) should be as complete as possible. A large percentage of your traffic will come from search engines and simply placing a link in a question does nothing for this site. If the user couldn't be bothered to actually ask a question, it should be closed.

  • I wanted that question to be migrated. I figured mine should be closed, but while people were fleshing out the site I wanted to see if anyone recognized it.
    – jcolebrand Mod
    Jan 10, 2011 at 3:45
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    @drachenstern: No problem. If you would like to see the question asked on this site, go ahead and ask it. Jan 10, 2011 at 7:24

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