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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Closed as “Possible Duplicate” [duplicate]

This question was closed as a "Possible Duplicate," which confuses me because I've never seen that before once the question has been closed.
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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? ...
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Why was this question deleted and not closed?

I flagged this question as unclear what you're asking (the problem was later fixed) and my flag was moments ago marked as helpful, however, instead of the post being closed as unclear what you're ...
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Is it time to retire the 0.999=1 question (and other historical questions)

Some questions, like the Is it true that $0.999999999\ldots = 1$? attract a lot of answers, and that's good. But after six years, a lot of these answers repeat themselves, and literally add negative ...
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Which tags have the largest proportion of closed questions?

It was already asked How many questions get closed, and how often are they edited or reopened? but I would like to have statistics depending on the tags. I have the feeling that among my favourite ...
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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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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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Why can we vote to close as “primarily opinion based” on meta?

Aren't almost all questions on meta primarily opinion based?
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Down voting and close voting for missing context

Today, I asked a question and it will probably be closed for missing context.I'm a freshmen year Physics & Mathematics student, and for me this question has enough context, which is not true based ...
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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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Why is the policy and process for closing off-topic questions so closed?

I think any casual passer-by in MSE interested in intellectual freedom and openness would be appalled that questions get closed as "not about mathematics, within the scope defined by the help center" ...
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Voting to close on the question vs. in the review queue [duplicate]

Thinking this is a bug unless I missed something in the guidelines. If I click on "review" and vote to close items from there, my badge progress counter increases as expected, and the vote is in my ...
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Responding to imperfectly phrased questions

When a question is phrased in a way considered not suitable for m.s.e., often within seconds it collects numerous down-votes and votes to close. There's no way to know who down-voted, nor who voted ...
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Should you ever answer a question you vote to close?

Just wondering. I was thinking if you vote to close you're saying the question is not answerable/should not be answered which is in direct contradiction of answering it. Is there a counterexample?
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What happens when I flag as duplicate?

What happens when I flag as duplicate? Usually they are closed by others, but sometimes I saw that the flag was helpful but nothing happened to the question. Are duplicate flags shown to some special ...
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What is an effective close-vote reason for wrong questions? [duplicate]

I just noticed a question that is obviously wrong here, and the OP doesn't seem to acknowledge it when somebody pointed out. (To clarify, the question was ok, but the OP seemed convinced that his ...
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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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Subjective behavior regarding to which question are immediately closed

I recently asked this question. Immediately there were votes cast to close it and it several people downvoted it (although some also voted it up). But my question is no more subjective than this or ...
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Exact duplicate doesn't require answer but claims one exists

This question was (rightly) closed as an exact duplicate: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1717381. (If I'm not mistaken, only moderators can do that.) The message at the top differs from the ...
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Do we need a separate close-reason for not showing your own effort? [duplicate]

One of the most prominent reasons why questions are closed is the fact that people are posting e.g. home work excercises without any additional info on where they are struck, and what they tried. So ...
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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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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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How should one handle posts offering money?

Sometimes OP will be so desperate (or so unfamiliar with the site) that s/he offers money (or at least says s/he does) in order to get an answer. The one time I've seen someone act on it (not because ...
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Is it important that a question is closed for the correct reasons?

I've recently gotten the privilege to close-vote and I'm uncertain about one aspect of it. It'll be easier if I describe it through an example: Say I'm reviewing close votes and I come across a ...
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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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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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Serial close votes on pronunciation questions

I have noticed that since, an hour ago, I asked for my question on how to read a formula aloud to be reopened ( http://meta.math.stackexchange.com/questions/22189/why-is-my-question-on-hold ) at least ...
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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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Opposing `vote to close`

I see an almost duplicate here, but the emphasis seems to be on retracting. There is a vote to close option, but (in the interests of democracy ;)) is there an ...