Can someone explain to me what is the difference between a question put "On hold" and one that is "Closed"?

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So from stackoverflow

Why are some questions marked "on hold"? Questions that need additional work or that are not a good fit for this site may be put on hold by experienced community members. While questions are on hold, they cannot be answered, but can be edited to make them eligible for reopening.

Questions that are edited within five days of being put on hold are automatically added to a reopening queue for community review. Questions that are not reopened within five days will change from [on hold] to [closed].

So it seems question that are flagged go into onhold for clarification and then after 5 days go to closed.

I am sure Mods can close directly and it appears that some reasons for closing question go to on hold and some go to closed. Unless I am writing this on a Monday morning in which case all this could be part of the Garfield Effect.

  • Thanks. I searched for an answer to this on SO, but it seams that the week-end killed my search skills.
    – Marius Mod
    Jul 28, 2014 at 7:13
  • @Marius weekends are fine for me, but Mondays are normally terrible so I am surprised I found this today :) sphotos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/t1.0-9/… Jul 28, 2014 at 7:14

"Closed" and "On hold" are the exact same thing in all ways except one: in the first five days a question is closed, we write "on hold" instead of "closed." For the full backstory, see I propose changing the term "closed" out for... something else and Every "close" has its thorn: replace "close" with "on hold" for the first five days on Meta Stack Exchange.

Also note that the help center page that David linked from SO has an equivalent on this site: https://magento.stackexchange.com/help/closed-questions

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