27 votes

Should we close/lock old questions with many answers at some point?

If a new answer does not add anything at all it might reasonably be considered as "not useful" (in the given context) and thus could be down-voted. Basically, I think this suffices to control such ...
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22 votes
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Why is the number of required close votes constant?

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 ...
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22 votes

A question quickly closed and deleted

There is a very simple reason why we should not encourage posting about open problems by plain amateurs. If we allow just one, to be consistent we would need to allow a hundred. With the recent ...
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20 votes

My problem with the closing brigade

https://math.stackexchange.com/revisions/1072132/1 Seriously? You consider this a reasonable question for the site? I would have voted to close in a heartbeat. We already get too many question, to ...
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20 votes

What happened to my question on discrete valuation rings?

The question was automatically deleted by the Community♦ bot: Apr 11 at 0:16 history deleted Community♦ Scheduled: RemoveDeadQuestions It had a score of $-2$, was more than 30 days old,...
19 votes

Why are questions closed?

It seems that the underlying assumption of the original question here is that questions on the main site are closed because they "don't make sense" to the close voters. This is an erroneous ...
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18 votes

Non-experts closing questions

The first obvious issue (which I feel is what may have triggered this post, and has been identified by other users in the comments) is that experts can guess the context from a question, and ...
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17 votes
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Massive rework of a closed question by another user several months later

I agree that in general it is preferable to ask a new question rather than to do, months latter, a massive overhaul of some question that is not ones own. There are exceptions, however, and I feel ...
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17 votes

Massive rework of a closed question by another user several months later

FYI, I'm the user who posted the edit that is being discussed here. I completely agree with quid's assessment above. I made the edits because I thought the original question was a good one (even if ...
17 votes

Why was this duplicate question deleted?

I've had calc students make the $e^{x^2}=e^{2x}$ mistake before, as non-associativity of exponentiation does not come up very often in lower level coursework. Beings that $\int e^{x^2}$ is often ...
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16 votes
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Why the questions of which an answer has been accepted won't be close automatically?

Because many times you can get a better answer, you can get more answers, you can change your mind and decide that one answer is better than the others. Because the questions are also for [future] ...
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16 votes

What should I do if I think I have an answer to an on-hold question?

You ask: What should I do when I think that I understand and/or have an answer to an on-hold or closed - and, more specifically, "unclear" - question? You should help to make the question more ...
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16 votes

Should I 'recuse' myself on reopen votes for questions I voted to close?

If you voted to close a question and if are asked whether or not it should be reopened, there is no reason for you not to reevaluate it. And if it turns out that the flaws that made you vote for ...
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On the irrelevancy of putting good questions on hold and later closing them

You posted Sum of digits, sequence (no theory). You were told, "Please improve the question by providing additional context, which ideally includes your thoughts on the problem and any attempts you ...
14 votes

Non-experts closing questions

No question in mathematics is unmotivated or intrinsically interesting. Despite the fact that I, myself, often use the phrase "this is a natural question," no question in mathematics is ...
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14 votes

Non-experts closing questions

Here is a thought. If you, an expert in a topic, see a problem-statement-question that is interesting, and if you know this question is not a duplicate, and if you judge that adding some context would ...
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13 votes
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What can be used for checking on posts you downvoted/closed?

Two methods to follow votes are: The standard method to follow a question in general terms is to bookmark it. This also can be used to this more specific end. When one anticipates that one wants to ...
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13 votes
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Must low-quality questions be updated with edits instead of comments?

Yes, absolutely! All relevant information must be included in the question. Comments are temporary, and are intended to help improve the question or to leave minor or transient information. Relevant ...
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13 votes
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Why not allow closing of bountied question by normal users when they are in bounty stages?

It is important to keep in mind that a question cannot be bountied immediately. It first needs to "survive" for some time on the site. I think there is some point to preventing closures of ...
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12 votes
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Statistics of fraction of questions closed per month (posted that month itself)

For such inquiries, SEDE seems like a reasonable tool. I have tried to do some queries - I have no doubt that they can be modified and improved in various ways. Description of the queries posted below ...
11 votes

Question Closed over a valid Tag

I don't know why such a permissive summary was given for this tag. I typed in an extra line, pointing out that a question that asks to "guess the next number in the sequence" and gives no mathematical ...
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11 votes
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What to do when a specific user's posts are always flagged for a closing?

Assuming that this is a case of one user serially close voting/flagging the questions of another specific user, the main thing to do is to honestly review each question independently when you see them ...
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11 votes
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Why was specific mathSE posting closed?

The question-post asks three separate questions that are not very closely linked. They are on the same subject but not at all naturally linked. It is generally discouraged to ask more than one ...
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What is an effective close-vote reason for wrong questions?

If you vote to close the standard reason is "unclear." As "it’s hard to tell exactly what [OP is] asking," in the sense that one cannot know what type of answer they are expecting when they insist ...
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Dealing with questions that the community appreciates but are yet closed

In my understanding the "official stance" (to the extent it exists) network-wide is that such questions are essentially off-topic. The "Don't ask" contains this: Chatty, open-ended questions ...
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10 votes
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Why was my duplicate and deleted post reopened and undeleted?

That is because it was flagged that the duplicate was inappropriate-- specifically, that the duplicate target was about implicit parenthesis, which was not applicable to your question. I do think this ...
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Why is this question about functions off-topic

It is worth mentioning that close reasons are displayed differently to different users. You should see this: "Closed. This question is off-topic. It is not currently accepting answers." ...
10 votes

Instead of closing questions first specify what needs to be improved

The basic reason to close Questions is to prevent Answers from being posted until the problem statement is in clear enough form to admit a mathematically reasoned argument that solves it. So Reviewers ...
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