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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 and before they get buried several pages back and out of sight. If OP comes back to provide clarification (surprisingly rare) the question can then be re-...


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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 just that some grand old hacker wanted to do it that way 20 years ago. Though an answer like that would need a reference, otherwise it will seem like a flippant ...


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The question was not closed by any moderators, it was simply closed by 5 users of the site with sufficient reputation who felt that your question should have been closed. This is not permanent. If 5 users (or 1 mod) determine that the question should be reopened, it can be. As such, if a question of yours is closed as a duplicate and it doesn't help you ...


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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 unlikely to help future readers. That is available in the flag menu when you reach 50 reputation and, after 3000 reputation, it's in the close menu. If this is ...


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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's not fair, IMHO, to cast a VTC-unclear without comment if there's any glimmer of effort on the OP's part. This is exacerbated if there are other reviewers ...


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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 users registered on the site, over 6 years ago!) while researching this: I make a judgement call about the overall quality of the question and whether it ...


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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, flag the comments as no longer needed, then vote to leave the question open.


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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 other close votes go unnoticed by the OP unless they have enough rep to see close votes and happen to check. And yes, this is a problem. At the moment, the only ...


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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 stomped on within an hour or two of it having been asked.) Sometimes there a question that could be answerable if the OP added just a little more information. In ...


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In any case, since the change a few months ago when "Closing" became putting "On Hold", closing a question is not such a big deal. Note that the message it is closed with is (emphasis mine): put on hold as unclear what you're asking by slm, Anthon, terdon, jasonwryan, rahmu yesterday Please clarify your specific problem or add additional ...


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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, please check whether the question has good answers. If there are good answers, prioritize editing over closing, even if that means putting words in the asker's ...


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Stack exchange has gone from useful site to a site where people try to close questions as fast as possible This is definitely not true of the sites I frequent, including Unix & Linux. People try to close duplicates as fast as possible because a duplicate gives you an answer immediately. It's more efficient for everyone, including the asker, than ...


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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't see a downside. I mentioned the downsides to the others here. People outside of SF don't understand their unique policies, so virtually all of the requests we ...


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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 completed. I would have expected it to remain in the queue and to be subsequently judged on its newer merits. After further consideration, I figured this ...


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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 duplicates is hard. You have to know what to search for, and then know enough about the topic to say whether the results match what's being asked. No one has complete ...


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As one of the people that voted to close this I'll comment as to my rationale. This question has a number of issues with it. For starters it's overly broad. There are a number of reasons that java might not be working on this users system. It shows little effort/research as to possible reasons why. Though would solve this user's problem, this type of ...


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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 people voted as "non-reproducible" while you and glenn voted to close it with some other reason (which isn't listed on the notice and which was also appeared ...


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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 detailed, if possible. In its current form it's a little light and if I were to come across it, I'd need additional info such as what version of Calibre along ...


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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 this other *nix program behave in another way", so I'd call that on topic, myself.


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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 now and for any future ones: Edit the appropriate tag descriptions and insert a warning that alerts the person applying the tag, with an appropriate text that ...


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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 rejected except the one to Magento. Having a migration path does result in more migrations, but still, that's 10 times more to SO than to SU. We don't need a ...


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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 didn't notice that these values weren't included in the screen shot) Most of the questions are closed by unclear, then duplicate and in a far third too broad. ...


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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 cases it really is quite obvious what's needed. Too many questions are "this doesn't work", without showing what "this" is, how "work&...


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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 "link" and vote.


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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" option after making the edits. Bit of a diatribe My general approach/philosophy to being a good community member, is that we should edit Q's and make then as ...


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It should be flagged for moderator attention, this question already was. The crosspost was removed of StackOverflow, and although this question originally really read like it was a PHP problem, a very close read instead made it seem more like a terminal problem or expectation problem. The accepted answer also confirms this.


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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 we end up with 5 separate reasons, but in all other cases, there will be at least one reason with more votes and that's the one which will be shown.


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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 cuonglm accidentally clicked leave open, then went back to the question to correct his mistake.


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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 voted to reopen the question. IMHO, comments should be taken into account when reviewing. In some cases, especially when the close vote is "off-topic: typo", ...


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It's best to close questions quickly when they are not suitable in their current form, and to reopen them quickly if they become suitable. The java question was perfectly comprehensible in its original form and should not have been closed. In its current form, it is actually too messy to reopen — it invalidates the existing answer and contains its own ...


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