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Were you really expecting a different result? This is simple mathematics; you reduce the number of votes to close, and the number of questions that get closed is going to increase. That's not what this is about anyway. It's about whether or not the right questions are getting closed. I do think that some salvageable questions get incorrectly closed, but I ...


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In my opinion this "spam" problem that gnat speaks to is one of those problems that is so deceptively simple, so completely obvious in hindsight, and something brought up before hiding in plain sight. Here it is guys, the solution to the vast majority of bad content that I speak of is... Our Domain Name It is as simple as that. Change the domain name of ...


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Robert Harvey's answer is almost perfect. He touches on one point at several points, but I do think it needs more emphasis. On Programmers, we close questions ruthlessly and viciously. And that's a good thing. Closing questions quickly is a very good thing. It stops them from getting low-quality answers and lets the asker and the community work to fix them....


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tl;dr: Most question closures, when questions in aggregate are analyzed, are valid. This suggests the experiment was successful - not a failure. This meta post won't be for the faint of heart. Abstract I have often heard/seen the "p.se closes too much!" cry but rarely see this supported by a random selection of questions which are closed and an analysis ...


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I wasn't going to update the experiment this week, but the results this week were so encouraging I can't help myself: Week posted Qs Closed Close Rate Closed->Edited Reopened Cl->Ed->Re Deletion Rate ----------- --- ------ ---------- -------------- -------- ---------- ------------- 2015-10-12 325 190 58.5% 8.9% 2.6% 11....


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I think a significant part of the disagreement here might be as simple as conflicting uses of terms like "off-topic". Some people use "off-topic" in a far broader sense than I do, encompassing what I personally refer to as "unanswerable" questions in addition to questions which are objectively off-topic. I fear these distinct uses of the word are clouding ...


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I'd like to rebut some of your responses, if I may. I don't understand this site because... Software Design and Development means those things that are directly involved with producing software. I could go into great detail about this, but since it has been discussed exhaustively, I'll give just two examples: scrum is on-topic; licensing questions, by ...


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Getting more questions rehabilitated is a laudable goal, but having the ability to close clearly off-topic questions more quickly and get them off the front page is much more critical. I would like to address something that you stated in the comments, in detail. I see a lot of well-written, well-intentioned, and even well-formulated questions closed ...


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After one week, the results are not encouraging: Week posted Qs Closed Close Rate Closed->Edited Reopened Cl->Ed->Re Deletion Rate ----------- --- ------ ---------- -------------- -------- ---------- ------------- 2015-10-12 324 190 58.6% 8.9% 2.1% 5.9% 40.7% 2015-10-19 349 204 58.5% 8.8% ...


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Another aspect you may not have considered, which I believe is also unique to PSE, is the number of close votes being used on old questions. I have a SEDE query I run occasionally that frequently catches questions closed from several years ago. Even relatively recent questions that were fairly well received, are often closed after a delay of a week or so, ...


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It does seem to me that the state of affairs on PSE is exactly what you'd want - questions are either good or bad and voted on accordingly. Superuser seems much more vague with questions that might be good, or might be bad, or might be meh and as such you see that voting pattern. I don't think the issue is one of close vote quantity then, but question ...


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