Questions tagged [closing]

The process by which users can vote a question closed if it is off-topic or otherwise disallowed by the FAQ.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
59
votes
5answers
4k views

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 - ...
-2
votes
1answer
209 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
121 views

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 ...
11
votes
1answer
512 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
340 views

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 ...
45
votes
4answers
851 views

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 ...
38
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
10
votes
2answers
216 views

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 ...
8
votes
1answer
488 views

What should I do when I find circularity among duplicates?

Occasionally, when trying to vote to close some question, you get the error message: ...
9
votes
2answers
434 views

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 ...
26
votes
3answers
938 views

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 ...
4
votes
0answers
93 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
220 views

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 ...
-17
votes
2answers
781 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
380 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
90 views

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 ...
12
votes
0answers
262 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
107 views

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 ...
11
votes
0answers
137 views

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 ...
11
votes
2answers
560 views

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 ...
7
votes
0answers
62 views

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 ...
7
votes
1answer
440 views

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 ...
9
votes
1answer
431 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
369 views

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.
24
votes
4answers
1k views

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 ...
12
votes
4answers
866 views

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"?
-1
votes
1answer
225 views

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 ...
17
votes
1answer
751 views

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 ...
3
votes
4answers
601 views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
221 views

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 ...
26
votes
1answer
495 views

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 ...
7
votes
0answers
112 views

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", ...
4
votes
1answer
126 views

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, ...
9
votes
3answers
215 views

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-...
1
vote
1answer
110 views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
358 views

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 ...
5
votes
3answers
191 views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
58 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
67 views

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 ...
44
votes
0answers
661 views

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-...
13
votes
1answer
377 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
171 views

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, ...
28
votes
10answers
3k views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
207 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
187 views

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 ...
6
votes
3answers
155 views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
314 views

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 ...
7
votes
2answers
289 views

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?
1
vote
1answer
355 views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
361 views

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. ...