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The process by which users can vote a question closed if it is off-topic or otherwise disallowed by the FAQ.

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This question has been deleted…

Not sure how many have the same experience... After writing a llllong answer, just shortly before clicking on "Post Your Answer", the OP deleted the question for whatever reason, and no more answers ...
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We have three question pairs closed as the dupes of each other

Digging in the SEDE, I've found 3 question pairs being each other's dupe. Namely: this and this, this and this, and this and this. Today we can't close a question as a dupe, if it would create such ...
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“Strategy” for voting to close

I have recently cleared 3,000 rep, so I am new to casting close votes. I am ready and eager to use my power for good! But I'm struck by the fact that there seem to be 40+ polls in the queue around ...
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Closing a poor question as off-topic or as a duplicate?

Few times I've faced the following dilemma: To vote for closing a poor question as off-topic or as a duplicate of another one (sometimes equally poor)? The last example is this: https://math....
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Robotic comments. [duplicate]

Many times I have seen a question put on hold where the stated reason has no relation to the question. It looks like a formula statement. "" put on hold as off-topic by StubbornAtom, Leucippus, ...
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Why was this duplicate question deleted?

When does a function NOT have an antiderivative? This question was closed as a duplicate. I agree that the question was a duplicate (although I would have also added a second link, one to some post ...
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Why does it take 5 close votes, to close a question?

I had a similar question a few days ago. There I was banned from review queues, because I seem to disagree on close votes to much. I promised to never review again, but I made a little experiment and ...
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Kafkaesque question closure(s)

This question seems about to be closed (4 votes currently), because it is (supposedly) "not about math as defined in the help center." Can anyone explain this to me (if there is an explanation)? I ...
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Is there a way to contact a person who voted to close a question

I typically put 20-30 minutes into each of my questions to make sure they are as clear possible. Someone recently voted to close my question because they felt the question wasn’t clear and didn’t ...
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Why there are still so many opinion based questions? Should they be closed?

One of the reasons that we delete questions at math.stackexchange is because the answer is primarily opinion based. However, my observation is that there are still many such questions; they are not ...
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Where's the dupe in close review?

In close reviews, a post flagged as a duplicate and the claimed duplicate target are rendered as tabbed pages so that reviewer can compare them without leaving the page. However, the tabbed pane is ...
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Close reason: “lack of research effort”

The custom off topic close reason is very rarely applied for the reason that the words actually say and is basically used as a catch-all close reason, even when something like "unclear what you're ...
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What should be the role of *Welcome to MSE*?

When a constant stream of new users come to MSE and repeatedly flout policy, deluge the site with bad questions, write them as PSQs, post images instead of MathJax, then get them serially downvoted, ...
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Useful vague question closed?

This question What does a $\sigma$-field have to do with foundations of probability theory? was closed as too broad. In the strict sense that's true: there is no precisely stated problem to be ...
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Should a diamond moderator having voted to close a question, delete counterarguments from that question's comments?

Like many people with an interest in mathematics right now, I want to get a deeper understanding where Atiyah's proof of Riemann Hypothesis might fall down. I searched and found no such question here ...
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Premature close and down votes - how can we stop this? (+ my suggestion)

While I haven't been a part of MSE for too long, in my time I have been fairly active and seen a wide variety of questions. Obviously, the most common of these question have been homework-style ...
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Failed migration should result in a corresponding notice [duplicate]

I provided the fifth vote to close this question as off topic because it belongs on http://physics.stackexchange.com. From previous cases, I was expecting this to cause the question to be migrated to ...
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On Hold/Closed for broad or unclear, Then edited, then…

Kinda dumb/n00b/challenging conventional wisdom question, but what is the procedure for questions that are on hold or closed for being broad or unclear and then edited to hopefully become less broad ...
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Should I close my question if I found an answer? [duplicate]

I've asked a question and then with the help of commenters I've found the answer. Should I close it/post the answer by myself or wait for other to post an answer?
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What is the problem with this post? [closed]

I asked this question: How to find the fraction of integers with the smallest denominator matching an interval? Maybe you looked over something? What "context or other details" are missing? Why ...
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Does the overall closing questions policy too procrastinating? [closed]

I find that when asking e.g. slightly cunning DEs, some corps will make those questions close quite quickly, but reopening those questions are often very difficult, influence greatly the image of MSE ...
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Feature request: close reason “unresponsiveness”.

The problem: Sometimes, an user begins acting adversarially and is unresponsive to improvement of their post. This is bad behaviour in general and part of the community feels urged to address it. We ...
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Why is the reason for the down and close vote for this question?

Closed and reopened I'm member of this site for almost 3 years, and I cannot understand why this question takes one down vote and 4 close votes. Can someone who can understand the reason for this ...
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What is the record for the fastest close vote, and which question achieved this accolade?

What is the record for the fastest close vote, and which question achieved this accolade? I wondered if somebody has access to this data and I was curious about the distribution around the shorter ...
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What to do with a question that is no longer relevant?

Refer to this question I asked a little while ago. I thought I spotted a mistake in a textbook, but actually I made a mistake myself when I tried to write a counterexample. There is no longer a ...
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closing weak questions

I'm trying to do my part clearing the close vote queue. Here's one with an accepted answer: Vector addition of opposing vectors It deserves to be closed since it shows no work. It's unlikely to be ...
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Duplicate question notice checks closed duplicate for answers instead of target

In March 2016, Exact duplicate doesn't require answer but claims one exists was implemented, which purported to show a different notice if the duplicate target has had no answers. However, for ...
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How can we, as a community, reduce some of the tension on the site?

It feels like there's a lot of tension on this site, broadly about closing/downvoting/deleting questions. I am quite prolific in closing/downvoting/deleting questions myself because well...there's a ...
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Closing as duplicates for migrated questions.

This is mostly an announcement in case anyone wondered what happened to these two questions: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/98121 https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/98162 Question 2 ...
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Closing a question because it contains an error

I asked a short time ago whether there is a policy the following: If a question contains a mathematical error that could be pointed out in a posted answer, or is ill-formulated for reasons that could ...
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Five close votes is not enough to close a question?

I voted to close a question in a Low Quality Post review. There are more than five users who voted to close in the review, but why is it open?
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Closed vote invalidated before triggering review

I recently voted to closed several questions as duplicates: 1, 2, 3 and 4. Somehow they have different fate: and first and the fourth one got into the review queue, and the fourth closed (by a gold-...
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Why do even high reputation users do not pay attention on close votes? [duplicate]

Recently, I have seen high reputation users, and top-reviewers (Such as amWhy, Shailesh etc.) voting for closing of questions, just out of the way. See this question. This is a nice question IMHO. It ...
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Is it okay to close a question due to bad/non-cooperative behaviour of OP?

Suppose, there is a question, which follows the guidelines for asking a question on this site. But, OP aren't being cooperative and nice in the comment section. Someone flags those comments, all the ...
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Poor treatment of new users - especially those asking interesting questions

Have others noticed a tendency for new users of mathSE to be treated poorly by existing users? The worst cases remind of some low-brow college fraternity where new users are expected to show they have ...
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Voting to close after someone answered

I took 15 minutes to write an answer, nobody comments, asks for precision, instead they do vote to close because "it is unclear" ? I don't understand this attitude. I believe my answer explains in ...
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What context was this question missing?

Why does $n = \lceil 1/\sqrt{x-1}\rceil+1 $ imply that $\frac{1}{n^2} < x-1$? Since this clearly doesn't require any complex 'context', the only reason I can think of for it getting closed is ...
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Closing a question with a bounty [duplicate]

This is more of a thought experiment than anything, but what happens if a question is closed when there is an active bounty? The "help" page on closed questions says nothing about bounties, and the "...
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Merging a migrated duplicate rejects the migration

Migrated questions get rejected if they are closed on the target website, with the exception of duplications. Earlier today I saw that a question was posted here and on MathOverflow simultaneously (...
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The overeager use of the “unclear what you're asking” close reason [closed]

To my mind, the only reasons to close questions at all are to: Express the official policy on what questions are acceptable, in other words, quality control. We don't want to accumulate lots of ...
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Is it appropriate to downvote answers for the sake of deleting a question?

I have noticed that sometimes answers are downvoted in order to cause the automatic deletion of a question by the community user. In particular, there are closed questions with $1$-point answers - ...
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Which actions by moderators cannot be reversed by community?

There are some actions where a vote from moderator has immediate effect (i.e., there is no need for votes from other users). This is the case for closing and reopening posts. However, in these cases ...
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Why do we keep meta questions with lots of downvotes open?

I was recently told that meta questions should not be closed because you disagree with them. I then found Downvoting vs voting to close on Meta And have since removed my vote to close. However, I ...
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Is the review queue incomplete as a list of questions that someone has voted to close?

I find a question bearing two tags and having two votes to close it. I go to the review queue and "filter" the search to include only questions bearing those two tags. The queue turns out to be short,...
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On the irrelevancy of putting good questions on hold and later closing them

There is a great problem on this site. I have posted many good mathematics problems on this site but they are usually put on hold and then later closed and now I have reached my question limit not ...
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Notifications to participants are needed.

Two persons voted to close this question as "off topic" at a time when its entire content was this: In a graph model like wikipedia, with 5.4 million pages/nodes (a) and 20 links/edges per node (b),...
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I edited an “on hold” question but it is still closed

I edited this question today to provide some context for things I've tried but it was still closed. Is this because the original poster posed the question too simply or is it still in a state to be ...
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Is it appropriate to close every question that doesn't show efforts and/or lacks of context?

Yesterday this question was asked: Finding solutions to $2^x+17=y^2$, then it was closed and finally it was reopened. My concern is about if every question showing no effort or lacking of context ...
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When closing question for lack of effort, leave a comment to OP explaining what to do

Recently there was an extensive discussion about closing the questions containing only the problem statement: http://meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/9201/proposal-discourage-questions-that-are-...
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Should close votes be used to answer questions?

I have noticed a user (won't name names) that close voted questions with the custom reason "this question is completely trivial: answer". Should we write our answers in answers or in close votes? ...