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3 votes for closing/reopening experiment: the results

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 ...
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3 votes for closing/reopening experiment: the results

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 ...
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3-vote close - how's it going?

I absolutely love it. Please consider leaving it in place. As a moderator, there have been significantly fewer flags asking for a moderator vote to close a question. Before, questions would get to 3 ...
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3 votes for closing/reopening experiment: the results

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. ...
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The number of votes required to close and reopen questions is temporarily reduced . . . for science!

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 ...
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Should I downvote/close a question which I don't understand while it looks clear?

In the case where you are lacking the knowledge needed to fully understand the subject matter, do nothing. It could be clear, it could not be. There's no need to reduce the reputation of a user or ...
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3 votes for closing/reopening experiment: the results

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 ...
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Should I downvote/close a question which I don't understand while it looks clear?

The question looks right. Still, I have absolutely no idea what the person is talking about. I would say do nothing. If you have no knowledge of the questions subject matter, but it looks clear, ...
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The number of votes required to close and reopen questions is temporarily reduced . . . for science!

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 ...
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On duplicates and other close reasons

Seeing as our dupe-closure practices are something I've complained about ad nauseum; I suppose I should pipe in here. To be sure, a bit of your question is not super clear to me after reading it ...
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The number of votes required to close and reopen questions is temporarily reduced . . . for science!

After one week, the results are not encouraging: Week posted Qs Closed Close Rate Closed->Edited Reopened Cl->Ed->Re Deletion Rate ----------- --- ------ ---------- -------------- -------- --...
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3 votes for closing/reopening experiment: the results

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. ...
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The number of votes required to close and reopen questions is temporarily reduced . . . for science!

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 ...
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Provide 10k users more close votes

According to the data, of 464 users who can vote to close, 35 have hit the limit at least once: days ---- 583 488 176 68 31 27 21 13 12 10 10 ... (35 row(s) returned) For ...
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Would it be worth forcing a community member to specify a reason for voting to close a question?

No. The explanation is in the close reason itself. Adding another comment would just be duplicating information.
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Are there actions taken on a question that are incompatible with voting to close?

Some thoughts: People sometimes change their mind. They also sometimes forget to retract their vote after an edit. There are many questions, both here and on Stack Overflow, that are closed but not ...
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The number of votes required to close and reopen questions is temporarily reduced . . . for science!

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 ...
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Are there actions taken on a question that are incompatible with voting to close?

In the past I did the following in order on Stack Overflow at least several times: Found a question, couldn't make much sense of it, voted to close it as "Not a real question" (the predecessor to '...
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