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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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Answering questions with a hint

Scenario: someone asks: "Let such-and-such. How do I prove X?". I answer "Hint: because blah, blah, blah, all you have to prove is Y". Their response is to ask a new question: "Let such-and-such. How ...
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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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Too quick to close

A new user posted an unclear question, Proving that $\dim(\mathrm{span}({I_n,A,A^2,...})) \leq n$ Within an hour, it got closed. That's exactly what ought to happen --- on MathOverflow, where one ...
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Can't flag a duplicates a second time. What should be done on my end

A while ago I noticed a question was a duplicate and so marked it as one using the flagging option. The other question had recently received an answer and I am pretty sure I up voted it, but I may ...
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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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Who's digging up dirt in the close queue?

The close queue contains an extremely large number of old, answered (accepted) and downvoted questions. Even if these questions should have been closed, some of them now have a good answer worth ...
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Why was this on-topic question unilaterally closed and migrated by a moderator?

This question on context-free and regular grammars was unilaterally closed as off-topic and migrated to cs.stackexchange.com by one of the moderators; I should like to know why. We have a long history ...
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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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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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What is needed to have the right to close a question (as a duplicate) with a single vote?

I've noticed that some questions are closed by a single vote. What's needed to give an user such a privilege?
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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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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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Closing question as duplicate of another question that has been put on hold

I think this has already been discussed somewhere, but I can't find where. As an example, this question was closed as a duplicate of this question. But the duplicate question was already been put on ...
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Duplicate Question Where Neither have *Complete* Answers

I just voted to close this question as a duplicate of this other one. However, I am unsure if this was exactly the right action to take, given that, though the latter question has an upvoted answer, ...
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Closing as duplicate of blog post

Again there was a question about what $dx$ is. I know that this question has been up several times and that there has been a bit of disagreement on how to best answer the question. The natural thing, ...
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Why have I lost my ability to close a question?

It's not that I like to close questions, and indeed I haven't yet, just wondering why. I earned the privilege some days ago, when I gained a bunch of points in all SE sites, but then, as it turns out, ...
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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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A question about why a question was closed

I am wondering why this question was closed. It is closed as "unclear", but to me it seems perfectly clear (and I cannot see why it is not). I do not mean to claim that it is a wonderful, well-...
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A case of terrible Question with opportunity for terrific Answer

This Question, about random appearance of primes, is a bad one, no doubt. So far it has racked up 3 downvotes and 2 close votes in about half an hour. And yet I believe there is something impressive ...
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premature closings

I have noticed a number of attempts to close questions within hours if not minutes of their having been asked. This seems premature to me. I tried to search this meta site for "premature closings" ...
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What does a user see when their question is closed?

I think it would be useful for those that have the privilege of casting close votes to know exactly what happens when a user has a question closed. What does a user see when their question is ...
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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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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 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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Behavior about answering and voting for closing a question.

When I see some question when OP doesn't show any effort, just throws the exercise in, but is something relatively simple, in my conception, I answer it just giving general directions, not elaborating ...
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Do we need a FAQ question for "Guess what I am thinking" type of questions?

This question here: Interview riddle seems to have gotten a lot of views (perhaps by someone posting to reddit or something), with a lot of me too answers, leading to a protection. Such questions have ...
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Users should not be allowed to review Close Votes when they are out of close votes

I hit the limit of 25 close votes earlier today. Oddly enough, the Close Votes queue did not gray out, and I was allowed to "review" while not being able to vote to close. This is inconsistent with ...
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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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Closing as duplicate of MO question (redux)

Relevant old discussions: on MO on MSE It seems that closing as duplicate as the question has an answer on MO is not currently a valid close reason. Coming across ...
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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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Misused(?) closing votes.

I recently hit the 3k reputation bar and so got the privilege to vote to close questions. What strikes me is that most of the closing proposal are about questions of the form "[Some problem]. Please ...
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Entering the review queue with no close votes?

This morning I found 13 questions in the "Close Votes" review queue. Of them, four I considered odd - they were not the standard questions from that queue, so I clicked on the "link" to see how many ...
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increased number of votes for closing questions?

I used to have 24 votes per day for closing questions. Today I noticed that the number of votes was 50. True, this morning there was a bunch of questions (16) to be reviewed, but otherwise I saw no ...
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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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Can we close this question now?

What is the difference between a point and a vector is attracting a large number of content-free and/or repetitive answers, several from low-rep users. I think the signal-to-noise ratio won't be ...
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If I vote to close a question because of no effort shown, is the OP given a reason before closing? Why not?

Sorry for the long title. I have noticed that whenever I have flagged a question because it was a duplicate, a comment appeared immediately informing everyone that the question was a probable ...
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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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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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I lied about a closing reason

A question was posted to m.se. A few hours later, the same question was posted to MO. The MO post was migrated to m.se, so m.se then had two identical questions. I tried to vote to close the migrated ...
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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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Un-voting-to-close

Is it possible to un-vote to close a question? For example, I recently voted to close a question then I realised I was wrong and that it should be left open. I want to take back my vote. I want to un-...
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Why shouldn't low-reputation users see close votes?

This question received several answers before it was closed. This behavior seems common, not just for obvious duplicates but also for other bad questions. For instance, I would expect to see a few ...
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Unable to upvote comments when reviewing close votes

Whenever I am reviewing the close votes on the main site, I often (perhaps always) encounter the issue that I am unable to upvote comments to the question from the review screen, but have to open up ...
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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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Should there be a "No longer relevant" closing reason?

Is it possible to add a closing reason which is along the vein of "No longer relevant"? Such reason would be very useful for big-lists (which are not frowned upon here) when they become too big (i.e. ...
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How come a question got closed by 3 votes rather than 5?

This question: Infinite-dimensional translation-invariant measure is closed with the message: closed as exact duplicate by t.b., cardinal, Willie Wong♦ 1 hour ago That's 3 votes, but the FAQ says: ...
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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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Retracting close votes

Recently I have gained enough reputation in order to vote to close certain questions. Now after clicking the "close" button a tab appears asking me to select the reason to close such and such a ...
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Can I flag a question for moderator attention without voting to close it?

I just now happened to flag a question for moderator attention, for the reason that I felt it could be considered a duplicate of another question. I only wanted to bring it to a moderator's attention ...
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exercising the vote not to close

For the second time now I've found that a close vote has been cast for a question and I believe that the vote is based on a misunderstanding or misreading of the question. In such a case, I can only ...