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The question you mentioned should be closed. The argument given for closing it is arguably prone to cause confusion and dissent though. In our guidelines How to ask a good question. it is mentioned that some context should be provided. Some consider lack of context as a reason to close. There is a community specific close reason for just this: Missing ...


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Votes do not just accumulate, they can "age away" and how quickly actually depends a bit on the number of views. Moreover, questions with many views often are disproportionately viewed by users that cannot vote to close anyway. Finally, if they are closed and many disagree they are also reopened quickly. That said, for votes to delete the score of ...


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About the first part of your question (about low effort posts) - this is exactly what the "missing context" close reason is for. (Of course, context is wider than just effort - there are also other ways to include context than just own attempts at the problem. A reasonable explanation what is meant by context can be found in the "Provide ...


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Why is multiplication of integers commutative? Why does long division work the way it does? Does rounding too early make the bottom-line answer wildly wrong? Is there a more efficient way to find greatest common divisors than Euclid's algorithm? How can one find the smallest number representable in two different ways as the sum of two fifth powers? Can the ...


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The idea is that the focus of moderation should be on recent content, but curating old content is also important. There is certainly no rule against closing old questions. There are some users that are against closing well-received old questions that add value, on the mere grounds that they arguably fall short of current standards. I personally don't think ...


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I believe Gerry in comments got it right. There's a certain phrasing that many problem statement questions (PSQs) have. Some PSQs are of course very hard (e.g. big open problems) and some are e.g. people trying to cheat on homework, or insert other reason for closing such posts. Since post reviewing is not always done by experts in your field, it IMO would ...


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A question is closed when five users with sufficient reputation vote to close that question. When such a user votes to close a question, they must provide some reason. There are several reasons which are built-in, or a voting user can provide a custom comment. If the user provides a custom comment, this comment will be added below the post. Otherwise, ...


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Although I was not one of those voting to close as duplicate, I will usually prefer that action to closing for lack of context. Your Math.SE post says, "I've never solved diophantine equations of degree 2 so I didn't know how to approach this problem." This in your words justifies adding nothing of your attempts to solve the problem and leaves it ...


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Despite the title and body asking "What is exactly 'This question doesn’t meet a Mathematics Stack Exchange guideline',” the post concludes with this: I don't want a link to MSE guideline. I have an experience in MSE review that, MSE (AI) tests us sometimes. I want to know is this vote-to-close a bad result of that test? If not, why don't reviewers ...


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Needs clarity This question is not clear. Please edit the question to bring attention to a specific mathematical question and clearly highlight that question in your writing. You might consider paring your question down to one or two sentences which you write at the top of your post, and putting supporting details below. You should also eliminate ...


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I was the one who posted the comment, and I stand by my close vote. As I see it, the question was simply "What is $4\times 60\times 24$?" And that is not mathematics, as I understand the term. I would not like to see the site cluttered up with trivia like this.


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