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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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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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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, ...
Jeff Schaller's user avatar
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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 ...
Chris Davies's user avatar
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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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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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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 ...
terdon's user avatar
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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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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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Should we close questions because they only MIGHT be caused by MS Windows?

The rule of thumb is: if in doubt, skip. So if you are not sure it is off topic, just skip it. That's absolutely fine. Only vote to close if you are sure that the question is off topic. If you are not ...
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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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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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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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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
Archemar's user avatar
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Should we close questions because they only MIGHT be caused by MS Windows?

I leave questions open unless I know for sure that they should be closed. Sometimes I'll put a reason for recommending closure so that others who are asked to vote have the possibility of seeing a ...
Chris Davies's user avatar
1 vote

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 ...
Zach's user avatar
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When voting close should the comment be considered

Why ignore it? If you see useful information in the comments, just edit them into the original post. That's what should be done with useful comments in general, anyway.
terdon's user avatar
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Should there be a moderator flag for cross-posting?

There is a flag for cross posting. Click should be closed… , off-topic, then This question has been posted on multiple sites. Cross-posting is strongly discouraged; see the help center and community ...
John Militer's user avatar

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