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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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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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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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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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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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What to do with a “check/simplify my proof” type question?

After doing reading on the meta I have come to realise that asking for a verification of a proof is not necessarily a good idea. Among other reasons, it has a fair chance to be left without an answer. ...
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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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Grace period when a question is closed

Didn't there use to be a grace period of 5 minutes after a question was closed where answers could still be submitted, but where one can't start writing an answer? If there wasn't (and I have just ...
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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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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 ...
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Number of votes needed to close a question

I know it takes 5 votes all of which are from non-moderators to close a question. However, I have noticed that it only takes one vote from a moderator to close a question. I don't understand why a ...
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Why close question about what to study?

The question Math for computer science? was recently closed, without a single person leaving a comment presenting any reason for closure, and this despite my asking for such justification in a comment ...
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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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What's the policy of SE on a question like this?

A really poor-formatted question was being asked on the main site. I honeslt was tempted to flag it as spam! Do we need to perform large edit on a question like that as it has been done, or is it ...
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An interesting question that deserves to be reopened

I think that this question deserves to be reopened. Hopefully now that we have more meta members, enough others will agree. Please vote to reopen if you agree. Edit $\ $ The question is now reopened. ...
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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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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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Philosophy as target for moving question

I voted to close this question as "off topic". The list of possible sites presented to me did not include the one I had in mind, the philosophy SE site. Having that as an option would be nice for this ...
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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 was the Hamlet question reopened?

After the Why was the Hamlet question closed? reinvoked the interest of some users, the question was reopened. I would like to open this to discussion, since I think that we should have let the ...
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Why was the Hamlet question closed?

I was browsing some questions, and I noticed that Given an infinite number of monkeys and an infinite amount of time, would one of them write Hamlet? was closed because it was off topic. While it is ...
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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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What does “too localized” mean?

"Too localized" is a term I encountered on mathoverflow, where it is grounds for closing a question that is a routine exercise for undergraduates, as opposed to a research question. But here on ...
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When are questions the same?

This is a rather philosophical question, but reflects the fact that essentially the same question can be asked at different levels of mathematical sophistication and with differing motivation. Here ...
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Use of “too localized” as reason for closure, perhaps too “subjective and argumentative”?

With respect to the stated reason for closure, I'd like to get some clarification as to what, precisely, "too localized" encompasses (at least a definition, or explanation, that is more specific and ...
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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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Duplicate “Possible Duplicate” box

Amusingly, the question Is there a subfield F of the complex field with [C:F]=3?, which was closed as a duplicate, has two "Possible Duplicate" boxes, each indicating the same question as the possible ...
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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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Is it time to reopen: How do I calculate gambling edge using average win?

A probability theory question (here) was asked when this site was fairly new. I suspect that the closure of this question might be a result of being asked during the website's infancy -- to me, while ...
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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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Are we opposed, a priori, to 'fishing expedition' questions like this one?

This question falls under the heading of what has come to be known at MO as a 'fishing expedition', that is: A question whose sole purpose seems to be to collect mathematical ephemera, motivated by ...
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Can we finally kill .999=1?

This has been mentioned before (notably, here by Akhil). But this question is tenacious indeed. For the past three(maybe four days), it has jumped up to the top. Frankly, I am tired of seeing it. I ...
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Closing questions as “too localized”

It's probably worth starting a few meta threads to discuss and debate policy for closing questions, even though this is -- as MO experience suggests -- likely to evolve over time. Note that typically ...

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