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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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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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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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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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Are we closing short questions too hastily?

Thanks for bringing that specific Question (your first example, about category theory) to my attention (it has now been reopened). There is a dedicated thread for asking for reopen and related ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Are we closing short questions too hastily?

This is partially answering a related question (if by harsh, you mean closing a question "too soon"): Yes, shorter questions are subject to harsher judgement. According to this page, short ...
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Closed Question Despite 8 Upvotes and Detailed Attempts – Seeking Clarification

The very first comment asked "What exactly is your question?". It got 9 upvotes - that's a lot. And as I glance over it now, it's still not clear what you're asking. And now with this ...
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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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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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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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Was this question closed by a human or a bot? what more details could be added?

The question is not closed by a bot, instead it is closed by 5 users. The question is unclear. Two users commented (1, 2) on your post, I guess they expect you to clear their doubt. However no ...
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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 ...
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What's the deal with closing "What are some conjectures of your own"?

While this kind of question raises a lot of interesting questions, each of the answers is essentially a question that should be asked on the site, not posted as an answer to a question. For this ...
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What can I do about my question being deleted?

I understand it may be surprising and unexpected to discover that your question was not well-received. What you might not realize is that this community has specific norms and expectations, ...
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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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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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Can you explain me why my question was closed?

Remember that the goal of the SE network is to create a repository of knowledge, in the form of high quality questions and informative, authoritative answers. A question should be easily discoverable ...
Xander Henderson's user avatar
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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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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." ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
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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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