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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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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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Original post marked as duplicate

I was just asked to review a question that was posted in 2010, and that has now been closed as a duplicate of a more recent post (this was closed in favour of this). Is it normal and/or accepted for ...
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Why close old questions with accepted answers using the “no context” reason?

Recently, I have noticed there is an increasing number of closings (or at least, close votes) on questions like this one. That is, archaic questions with accepted answers, which do not match the "...
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On deleting vs. closing duplicate questions.

Recently a question was deleted by the OP after it was pointed out in comments that it was a duplicate. I was in the process of composing an answer, but I was not able to post it when I finished since ...
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How close a match we need to close a recurring question as a duplicate?

An hour ago I closed a question as a duplicate of an, in my opinion appropriate, generic question. Two gold badge holders have since expressed disagreement with my decision, and the question has since ...
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Why do I have superpowers?

I just voted to close a question as a duplicate, and it got immediately closed. How?? Why?? Should I use these powers for good, or for evil? Is the "set" of all algebraic extensions a ...
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Closing questions that show no effort - official policy?

I can't figure out what I think about this. Again (https://math.stackexchange.com/revisions/351591/1) someone just copied and pasted a question without showing any work at all. There is nothing about ...
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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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Why is a question needing more details called “off-topic”?

When voting to close, under "off-topic" we have This question is missing context or other details: Please improve the question by providing additional context, which ideally includes your thoughts ...
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Why is the close-vote review flooded with old questions?

The queue for close votes is currently filled with months-old questions, and is quite large - when I recently clicked on the queue, there were $39$ items waiting for review. Of the first $10$ or so ...
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edit and rephrase or ask new question?

If neither the commentators nor I (meanwhile) are happy with my question, should I edit it completely or post a new one? (how do I close the fist one then?)
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Proof Verification of Open Problems

Over the past few days, I've noticed several proof verification questions regarding open problems. On one, quid left the comment: I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it asks for ...
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What is the difference between voting to close as a duplicate and flagging as a duplicate?

I am aware that to flag you only need 15 reputation points. Only users with 3k+ reputation can cast votes. If a post is flagged as duplicate, what happens then? In particular, what is different from ...
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Downvoting vs voting to close on Meta

It's perfectly legitimate to downvote posts here on Meta with proposals one disagrees with — but looks like nowadays some people vote to close just because they disagree with proposal. A couple of ...
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Closure wars are caused by asymmetrical close/reopen voting process.

The close/reopen voting system has an asymmetry that promotes closure wars on meta and is vulnerable to abuse. Once the first vote to close is cast, the matter of a question's survival is raised ...
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Duplicate banner breaks LaTeX

On several recent occasions, after closing a question as a possible duplicate the automatic banner breaks the $\LaTeX$ requiring manual intervening. I don't recall it was like that before, and I ...
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migrated question incorrectly labeled as closed as off topic

I voted to migrate this question to physics.SE, as three others had done before me. I expected that it would be migrated once a fifth vote was cast, but when I checked on it I was suprised that it ...
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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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Should “missing context” be under “off topic?”

Has anyone else has wondered why the "missing context" close reason is labeled under "off topic?" After all, here's the description for "off topic" close reasons in general: Off topic: This ...
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Allow closing as duplicate for new questions

One of the changes to the closure system in the recent revamp was that to close something as a duplicate, the suggested duplicate needs to have an upvoted answer. I suppose that's a good thing when ...
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What to do with a “check/simplify my proof” type question?

After doing reading on the meta I have come to realise that asking for a verification of a proof is not necessarily a good idea. Among other reasons, it has a fair chance to be left without an answer. ...
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What should I do when I find circularity among duplicates?

Occasionally, when trying to vote to close some question, you get the error message: ...
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Close Questions - Off Topic List of sites where question belongs

When using "Close" and "Off Topic", a list is displayed of perhaps better fits for the question. It only displays three choices. Is there any reason it does not display all of the stack exchange ...
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Can we finally kill .999=1?

This has been mentioned before (notably, here by Akhil). But this question is tenacious indeed. For the past three(maybe four days), it has jumped up to the top. Frankly, I am tired of seeing it. I ...
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How should we handle cross-site duplicates?

There are some questions which are answered quite well by a nearly-identical question on another site (say, computer science's stack exchange, or math overflow). Should those questions get answers ...
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Ban or delay close votes from users who answered a question

Where a user has answered a question, I propose that either that user cannot vote to close the question or the user's close vote ability is suspended on that question for one week ...
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Is it OK to automatically downvote homework questions that show no effort or etiquette?

I have seen a lot of very similar questions here, so I apologize if this is a duplicate. There is a related question at Closing questions that show no effort - official policy? I see this very often ...
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What to do with questions that are exact duplicates from MathOverflow?

It sometimes happens that at question asked here already has an answer on MathOverflow. It has been suggested in the Meta.MSE here that a feature should be introduced to close such questions as ...
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Intended use of “seeking personal advice” close reason

In case you missed it, there's a new close reason: Seeking personal advice. Questions about choosing a course, academic program, career path, etc. are off-topic. Such questions should be directed ...
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Clarification of what should be closed as a duplicate [duplicate]

Until today the word "duplicate" was clear to me, or so I thought, but I have just been confronted with the following situation: there is a question A from 2011 (with an accepted answer) and one other,...
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How to promote explanation of closure in comments?

Earlier someone posted this question, suggesting leaving messages when closing a question, to inform the poster of specific things to do to improve the question. My question is: How might we best ...
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Should we allow moderators to unilaterally close questions?

At least one moderator has been unilaterally closing questions (e.g. with the first vote, for "missing context"). In the past, it has always been agreed that moderators should only use unilateral ...
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Grace period when a question is closed

Didn't there use to be a grace period of 5 minutes after a question was closed where answers could still be submitted, but where one can't start writing an answer? If there wasn't (and I have just ...
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How to deal with just-google-it questions?

This post was reworked by me to more accurately convey my point. This may have rendered some comments obsolete. This question has a follow-up here. The problem There are quite a few questions wich ...
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Why was the Hamlet question reopened?

After the Why was the Hamlet question closed? reinvoked the interest of some users, the question was reopened. I would like to open this to discussion, since I think that we should have let the ...
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The “Reopen request” thread and closures on meta

There is a thread that is used for reopen requests Requests for Reopen & Undeletion Votes, etc. Some users do not use this thread for their questions on closed or deleted questions. A main ...
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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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Is it time to reopen: How do I calculate gambling edge using average win?

A probability theory question (here) was asked when this site was fairly new. I suspect that the closure of this question might be a result of being asked during the website's infancy -- to me, while ...
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Close votes review tasks and close votes directly on the question: different counters?

When we do a "close vote" review task, then this increase the counter by one (and we get a badge when the counter reaches $250$ for example). However, when we decide to vote to close by clicking ...
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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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An auto-comment on first questions that motivates sharing doubts and thoughts

Very often I see a user's first question getting down-voted and eventually it ends up being closed. Usually I find this to be too rough of a treatment, as the user is not accustomed to the site. I ...
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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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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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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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Voting to close due to OP's unresponsiveness

Recently, a user voted to close a question after answering it due to the OP being "unresponsive". (The answer is now deleted and available only to users with more than 10k reputation.) What is the ...
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Reconsidering custom close reasons on Math.SE

In the discussion this meta thread it was discovered, that the current custom close reason missing context or other details is much less specific than the other close reasons. The answer to what is ...
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Should questions asking to prove false claims be downvoted or closed?

There is this question where the poster asked for helping proving a claim that in general is not true. Many people gave counterexamples to the claim. The question received downvotes as well. Later ...
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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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Should there be a close reason for questions with detrimentally narrow scope (“too localised”)?

Background We used to have the close reason "too localised", whose text was: This question is unlikely to ever help any future visitors; it is only relevant to a small geographic area, a specific ...
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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 ...