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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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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 ...
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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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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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Duplicate question that deserves an answer anyway

I recently voted to close a question about the limit of $\sin x/x$ because it's a duplicate of a very popular question. However, user Hayden told me in a comment that "I think the main issue here is ...
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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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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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Closing question without comments.

Today I Just asked a question and in few minutes I got 3 close votes (now 4) and zero comments and questions. Why I ask if this is a serious site? Easy: how is possible that I put all my efforts to ...
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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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Why is this a duplicate?

A question I asked: A problem with 26 distinct positive integers was characterised as a duplicate of: Creating a sequence that does not have an increasing or a decreasing sequence of length 3 from ...
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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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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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Why was the question "Could the concept of “finite free groups” be possible?" closed?

Why was the following question closed as "unclear what you're asking"? Could the concept of “finite free groups” be possible? The question seems perfectly fine to me, with no unclearness or ...
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Why are there close votes for "The kernel of free group map to surface group"?

Why are there 3 votes to close the following question? The kernel of free group map to surface group It seems like a perfectly legitimate (and interesting) question to me.
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What's the point to put/keep "On Hold" a question that has already an accepted answer?

The title says all. For example, this question has two answers, one accepted. I don't know exactly how this happend, but now what's the point to keep it "On Hold"?
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Increased frequency of close votes. Why vote to close this one?

Is it just my perception or is there a greatly increased frequency of votes to close as "off topic" for perfectly valid questions? As an example, why in the world would you vote to close... Space of ...
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Closing Old Questions when Resolved by OP

I've been skimming through some unanswered questions, and have come across some where the OP has left a comment saying "I figured it out--never mind," and no answers have been posted. On questions ...
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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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Given new closing nomenclature, how do I close a contest problem?

What should I use to request that a problem be closed as it has been posed by Brilliant? In the past, I tended to use "not constructive / too localized". Currently, none of "duplicate, off-topic, ...
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Where can I find the rules about closing a question?

I have been looking at the Closed sign several time recently. Once I posed a firstly erroneous, later edited, but in any case relatively vague question, that I believe was close probably for being ...
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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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Closing a "not a real question" that *could* make sense

Edit: This is not a proposal. I am just asking what I should be doing. In this question: Number theory - Primitive root of $338$ the question as stated doesn't make any sense. However, in the ...
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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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Can anyone explain to me why was my question closed

I posted this question which at first seemed related to the linked question though I was trying to complete a method. I then edited the question so that it serves that purpose yet it was still closed, ...
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Scaling votes for closing (and reopen) a question

As the question about the beauty of mathematics was closed, reopened and there is already a close vote again. For sure it is possible that we close and reopen the question several times, I think for ...
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Closed as not a real question clarification

This question is the first that I've seen that has been closed as not a real question when the post contains just maths and no words. Should this type of post fall under this type of closure? In ...
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What's the point to close a question as a duplicate after an answer was posted?

For instance, I've voted to close this question as an exact duplicate, but now there are two answers added and one is already accepted. What's the point to close it now?
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Generalization case vs Particular case

Could the - generalization of a problem - post be a good enough reason in order to vote for closing a question? I agree that in some cases is proving to be useful and the effort is significantly ...
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What's the point of the "advice" tag when people always want to close it?

For example, I have posted quite a few questions regarding mathematics in general, because I want to learn more about the field and I just want to make sure I get an answer or an opinion from someone ...
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On duplicates and linking to the original question

One of the purposes of Stackexchange is to create a sort of library of questions, which is easily searchable. Surely this means that when a question is closed as an exact duplicate a link should be ...
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Another questionable closure.

I hate to sound like a broken record, but closing this question as not constructive makes no sense to me. The canned explanation reads in relevant part: We expect answers to be supported by facts, ...
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Closing a question because its solution is subpart of another question

So, I've noticed a couple questions in the last few hours that have a few votes for close because they are "exact duplicates", but in reality, they are not exactly the same. I know my opinion on ...
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What is the real reason for closing math.stackexchange.com/q/218571/12042?

Why was this question actually closed? Those who closed it chose not a real question from the admittedly rather limited menu, but in fact the question is perfectly clear: Let $G$ be a group, and ...
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When to Cast a Close Vote

I'm having trouble expressing myself clearly about this issue, so please ask me to elaborate (or perhaps someone has better words than I). This question about how to effectively teach mathematics to ...
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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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mysterious closing of a question

This question was "closed as too localized by cardinal, Benjamin Lim, The Chaz, did, Zev Chonoles" on May 8th. A statement below it said: "This question is unlikely to help any future visitors; it ...
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General reference : not constructive or what?

I flagged this question since it could be answered by a simple Googling and especially from the Wikipedia article posted in a comment. This is what I discussed here and got no attention. It can be ...