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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, ...


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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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Adapted from Cryptography meta, originally posted by Ninefingers Rationale: why do we close questions? There are really two ways to do moderation. If you've been on any of the .moderated newsgroups you'll be well aware that to get a post on there, it needs to undergo a review process first and be accepted. The aim is to keep problem discussions from ...


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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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You should vote as you think. So vote to close if that's what you think should be the correct response in this case. However, if it looks like the post is going to yo-yo between states then raising here on meta or flagging for moderator attention is the right thing to do. Then it can be discussed and we (as moderators) can act on the result of that ...


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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 kick something to a queue if you can't be sure. If you understand the subject matter, I wouldn't vote to close or downvote immediately. I'd recommend asking ...


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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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No, they should not get automatic close votes Per the meta FAQ question Are book recommendations on-topic? I would say that like "what language should I learn" questions, questions that effectively ask for a list of books on X should be closed as "not constructive". However, like programming language questions, if you have specialised ...


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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, useful and you think they've done their research then don't vote and move onto the next question. You don't have to vote on every single question on the site.


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I'm not totally opposed to looking into upping the limits here, but I want to run some data first. However, there's two things at play here that we need to deal with separately, while at the same time not forgetting that they're symptoms of a whole. Let's go by each problem, on its own. Q-blocked users trying their luck here This is a growing problem ...


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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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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 through... It appears there's a couple things you advocate for and a couple things you're questioning and trying to lay out choices for. I'm basically going to ...


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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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A little background on the bounty: Earlier today I closed the question referenced in this Meta question, which is the same question @karlphillip mentions on his bounty. He felt he should award one last bounty to one of the answerers, but as the question was closed I advised him to find another one of the answerer's answers, on an open question, and award ...


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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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Can it be? Sure; should it be though? The biggest danger in adding more options is causing analysis paralysis in close voters. Without any custom OT reasons defined, there are already 9 different options for closing a question here (including "other" and the two migration options). The first custom option replaces the default, putting the current set of ...


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I didn't handle this flag, but since I'm hanging around anyway... I flagged this question for immediate closure Actually, you used this flag: ...That's the description for the "very low quality" flag. Clearly, it's intended for questions that are little more than festering boils - skip closing and editing, go straight to deletion. But further than ...


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A feature similar to this one has been implement, you can counter-act close votes by voting to "leave open" in the close vote review queue. It's not exactly what you've asked for, and it's only accessible through the review queue, but it's certainly a step in the right direction. For more details, read this answer on MSO.


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Possibly. However, it's a relatively high scoring question with 14 answers - one of which has been accepted - asked over a year ago. Migrating old questions - especially high scoring ones - is not a good idea as it skews the reputation on the target site. Users who aren't very active on the target site suddenly get a reputation boost. The people who voted ...


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