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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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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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Help me find an original for questions like “Why $(-1)^{ab} \ne [(-1)^a]^b$ when $a, b, \in \Bbb R$?”

There are many questions that boil down to "why is it not true that $(-1)^{ab} = [(-1)^a]^b$ (or $z^{ab} = (z^a)^b$) for $z \in \Bbb C$ and $a, b \in \Bbb R$ (or $\Bbb C$)?" and, respectively, "...
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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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Stop the decay of closing votes when a bounty is set

Some week or so ago I answered a question, after some comments with the OP it became my suspicion that the question was not made in good faith, but rather to "confirm that they are correct", rather ...
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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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Edited-and-Reopened Questions Should Ping Downvoters

A somewhat common pattern on this site seems to be that a new user will post a poor question, receive a bunch of downvotes and have their question closed. If we're lucky, they'll (or someone) improve ...
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Changing reason for close votes

I accidentally retracted my close vote on this question. How can I (have this) reset? Also, I think there should be a grace period (say 5 minutes, like with comment editing) for that, since the error ...
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Does voting to leave open do anything or is it like the 'close door' button on an elevator?

I enjoy voting to leave open a question when the OP has clearly modified their original post or when it seems like others are bullying the OP. But I don't see how it is at all different from "Skip", ...
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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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How could the “Properties of 2015” question be on-topic?

The question Is there something special about 2015? has just popped on the reopen queue. Although I agree that it is not right for Math.SE as it is (too broad and it inherently doesn't have a correct ...
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Can you retract reopen votes?

I recently, for a miss-guided reason (it is complicated, but my logic was in error) clicked to re-open a meta question which I believe should be left closed. I immediately tried to retract my vote, ...
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What to do with: “You may only load the closed dialog every 3 seconds”

If I try to close a question then the following text appears: "You may only load the closed dialog every 3 seconds" and closing is not possible. I encounter this problem not on my own computer.
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Moderators: please straighten out loop in “duplicate of” graph

Recently a user asked Is "applying similar operations from left to right" a convention or a rule that forces us to mark one answer wrong? , which is a duplicate of 6/2*(1+2) is 1 or 9?; they ...
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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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When using 'Close' through “Tools”, system does not appear to register vote

When you use the 'Review', 'Tools', it will sometimes have a 'Close' option if someone flagged it as a duplicate. When you use this 'Close', it displays a message that it counted your close vote, but ...
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How can I share interesting problems I know the answer to without having my question closed for lack of context?

I've run across a few fun problems I want to share. Some are just fun problems with quick/clever answers. I want to share them on here, but I don't really know how to do so without people (rightfully) ...
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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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Post closed as (whatever) by *everyone*?

I recently cast a fifth and final close vote. I voted to close as "unclear", but the other four went for "too broad". Although I do not disagree that the post was too broad, I am slightly miffed that ...
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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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Why not flag questions because they're homework?

During last days a lot of people have sent so many questions that are like homework, for example: this this this this this this and basically they don't make any effort to show what they have tried. ...
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Closure as duplicate navigating in a circle

I was reviewing the close votes today when I came across this question , for identification purpose, lets call this $\mathbf{A}$. Someone had given it a close vote, marking it a duplicate of this ...
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Why is my question getting downvotes, an unclear vote but no explanations? How can I improve this question?

The question: Show the equivalence of these definitions of independence of random variables Two books give two different definitions of independence of random variables, and I am trying to show that ...