I understand the need to remove duplicate proposals. But do the moderators do research when they say that it is a duplicate of another. I have been looking over this for a few hours today becasue mine was closed however it couldnt be more different to the 'duplicate' they suggested. Could someone please tell me the difference between writing novels,books and software documents such as testing scrips and specifications?

There have been other time when I have looked that the duplicate has had nothing to do with the proposal? Are the moderators experts on that particular subject? It would be better for moderators to only be able to close proposals that they have a strong background in. Would there be any way to have moderators experts in a number of tags but not everything. As it would seem strange for a moderators whos an expert in gardening close a proposal on 'chemistry experiments you can do at home' becasue it sounds too similar to 'Nuclear Chemistry' (over exaggeration but I think it gets my point across)

Does anyone else agree that moderators should have a set tag they are experts in and can therefore close down that type of proposal? Also it would be good for the mods to give a full description of why it is a duplicate or why they have closed it down.


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Technical writing questions are within the category of writing. In fact, it's one of the most used tags on Writers.SE.

As for your chemistry example, both nuclear chemistry and chemistry experiments are well within the area of chemistry.

  • This did not answer my question about mods have set tags or giving an explanation..... and yes I well understood my example (I was just using it to get my point across) but do you not see my case? Sep 19, 2012 at 8:27
  • And the technical writing bit is not directly aimed at the proposal I was suggesting. It was just for testing scripts, specifications, user guides. whereas a lot on the technical writing are writing full books or just articles. I was talking about just the SE documents Sep 19, 2012 at 8:30

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