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Over zealous desire to close questions

As Terdon mentioned in a comment these questions can easily be re-opened after being edited by the OP. I think it's more beneficial to close them as off-topic or too-broad while they are still fresh ...
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Closing votes on a historic question about Plan 9

FWIW: I don't see the point in taking questions on historical design decisions as "opinion-based" either. As you say, there's usually a factual answer as to why the choice was made, even if it's ...
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When a computing problem becomes moot what should you do about the question?

There's a specific close reason for this: Questions describing a problem that can't be reproduced and seemingly went away on its own (or went away when a typo was fixed) are off-topic as they are ...
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Over zealous desire to close questions

I, too, have found the close-review queue a bit "fuller" lately. I suspect (based on almost no data at all) that someone is VTC'ing many new questions with little attempt to request clarification. It'...
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Close questions as "Needs details or clarity"

Technically, yes, as comments are temporary and could be deleted. Ideally, a close reviewer could see that situation (not easy from the review queue!), and edit the clarifications into the question, ...
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Learning the art of the close-vote review queue

While the following outline breaks down the various close types, the heart of the matter is really "is this question answerable (here)?". I found a relevant quote from jasonwryan (one of the first 20 ...
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Is an asker alerted when his/her question is nominated for close?

To answer the question in your title, no, the OP is not notified of close votes. The exceptions are votes to close as a duplicate or with a custom reason since those trigger automatic comments. All ...
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Over zealous desire to close questions

Maybe we need a "Postpone a decision for 24 hours" option amongst the buttons. I'd be happy to re-review questions if they got fixed. (It's not answerable directly, but shouldn't necessarily get ...
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Lots of ancient questions being VTCd

I haven't paid attention recently, but on the topic of closing questions with useful answers, I'll repeat some of what I wrote on another meta question. If you're working the close review queue, ...
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Yearly Revisit of List of Sites to Migrate

The main sites we would probably want new paths to are superuser (SU), serverfault (SF), and askubuntu (AU). I'd be fine with SU for when we get Windows questions; I think it's fairly rare, but I don'...
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How does one relinquish his/her right to close questions without review?

You don't like it because the normal vote-to-close behavior tricks you into thinking your opinion is worth less than it really is. But it is a trick. Your opinion is worth a lot. Finding ...
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Trivial edits to remove posts from the close queue?

Personal thoughts Only yesterday, I discovered similar behaviour after I edited an answer in the Low Quality Posts queue. At first, I was surprised to find that the review was immediately marked as ...
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Did I vote close this question?

I think that the close reason is the majority of the type chosen by the close-voters; those voters are spelled out at the end of the notice: Kusalananda, jimmij, mosvy so I would assume that those ...
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Closing questions as "Needs details or clarity" when the required details are not communicated to the asker

If the question does need details and people have been too lazy to explain what details are missing, then instead of voting to leave open, please comment and explain what's needed. That said, in many ...
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Over zealous desire to close questions

Here's the closure statistics of the last 90 days: Questions Closed: 1970 Questions Asked: 8021 Close percentage: 24.56 % (this is slightly misleading since this isn't the same 90 days period but I ...
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What to do with answers to off-topic questions?

Nothing. Just vote to close the question as off topic. That said, I don't really see why that question is off topic. It basically boils down to: "Why does this *nix program behave in one way and ...
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Is an asker alerted when his/her question is nominated for close?

A question such as this is often times closed until it's improved. Don't confuse closed with something that's finite. I would encourage you (or anyone) to improve it by editing it, so that it's more ...
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Yearly Revisit of List of Sites to Migrate

In the past 90 days (10k only), we've migrated: 55 questions to Stack Overflow (7% rejected) 6 to Super User 1 each to Apple, Server Fault, Software Recommendations, Security, and Magento. All were ...
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How does one relinquish his/her right to close questions without review?

As long as the system doesn't warn you or allows you to relinquish the right to close "immediately" there are at least two things you could consider to do, for the tags you have a gold badge for right ...
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Editing before vote to close

This doesn't fix what your suggesting, which I 100% agree with, by the way. But I'll typically open the Q outside of the review queue, in another tab, make the edits, and then click the "Leave Closed" ...
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Is the "On hold" message sometimes wrong?

What Jasonwryan said. When more than one close reason has been chosen by the people who voted to close, the most popular one is shown. I'm not sure what happens if each voter chose a different one and ...
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strange question closing (after "leave open")

He voted outside the queue. The "Leave open" review was done at 2015-01-20 09:56:56Z while the last close vote was at 2015-01-20 09:57:17Z. 21 seconds of difference, which is enough to go back, click "...
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Closing questions as "Needs details or clarity" when the required details are not communicated to the asker

Questions that happen to be unclear or lack focus are primarily closed to prevent users from posting answers that would unlikely be useful or that would be hard/impossible to rate or that would likely ...
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When voting close should the comment be considered

I have added a representative sample from the file that the user linked to the text of the actual question. I should really have done that when I answered it. Thanks for bringing it up! I have also ...
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strange question closing (after "leave open")

If you visit the question directly and vote (instead of through the review queue), you won't show up as having reviewed it. So that's probably why the three others are not shown. I would guess ...
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Editing before vote to close

There's no need to polish a turd, but even with mediocre questions it's often best to edit them to some extent. Even if the question should be closed, often an edit makes it more clear that the ...
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Can't close as duplicate with no answers

Ok, I've not been able to reproduce this but here are my thoughts: The first vote happened when the question had an upvoted answer. When you tried to vote, the upvoted answer lost it's vote or ...
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duplicate vs. other reasons for close votes or flags

The situation is IMHO even worse than you describe, in that the person originally doing the research for a duplicate does not get to review the question as they already have voted the question to be ...
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Did I vote close this question?

another funny fact, you can't close your own question. I mean, if you do it is Community♦, see unable to remotly query rpm
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Over zealous desire to close questions

Being a new user of StackExchange in general, I felt very attacked posting questions because I immediately was attacked and shut down with close to no explanation whatsoever. I felt that you could be ...
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