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Voting to close due to OP's unresponsiveness

First of all, the question got closed only 7 hours after its posting: if this is because it was offtopic, that's fine; but calling an OP unresponsive after at most 7 hours from posting a question is ...
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Engage with people from the fringes - or not?

Allow me to weigh in, in part as a long time contributor, in part as a set theorist who gets exposed to these type of questions perhaps more than the average mathematician, and in part as a moderator. ...
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Why was this on-topic question unilaterally closed and migrated by a moderator?

The author of the question flagged and requested it be migrated to Computer Science. Although such questions are also on topic here, if the author requests migration, and the question is also on-...
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Why are clumsily formulated questions downvoted & closed so much?

Isn't this just a form of gatekeeping, where you only get to ask a question about mathematics if you've already learnt enough of mathematics to rigorously formulate your problem? This question seems ...
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Should questions asking to prove false claims be downvoted or closed?

It should be neither closed nor downvoted, if anything because both are quite contrary to the whole spirit of the mathematical endeavor!
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When a moderator closes a question, do they consult with the other moderators first?

Consulting others for every decision we make would not scale, so if we are sufficiently sure of our judgement, we act without consultation. The level of certainty that is considered sufficient depends ...
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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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Five close votes is not enough to close a question?

Not all users actually had the close privilege thus there were not five votes to close even though the review-ticket lists more than five reviews with that recommendation. Likely this distinction ...
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User answering poor question while also voting to close

This is perhaps a little slanted towards the user who answered the question. Here goes: I've been caught between a temptation to answer and a desire to close before, and I agree it can be an ...
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Is there anything to improve in this post which is about ambiguity in question about field axioms?

Is there anything to improve in this post? Yes. A lot. Remove your commentary about the downvotes. Remove your commentary about the close votes. Move your comment about the cross-posting to a ...
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Useful vague question closed?

It seems a reasonable (not overly broad) Question to me. I made an edit to improve it. In the original post the motivation is described, reading a claim about the "foundation" of probability theory. ...
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User answering poor question while also voting to close

I would like to summarize the key takeaways from this meta thread here. I will be brief (as I am not an expert meta poster, see my meta profile if you need proof). So here it goes: If you vote to ...
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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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How to tell a user that his/her actions are inappropriate (and should I)

If you are of the opinion that a vote to close or a review or another action on one of your posts was inappropriate you can signal this to the moderators via a flag, chose "in need of moderator ...
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Proof Verification of Open Problems

The absence of a set policy regarding open questions seems reasonable, since questions about them (including naive attempts to prove) may entail nothing more than high school algebra or a simple ...
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Close reason: "lack of research effort"

Complementing Alexander's answer, a close reason of "lack of research effort" is, in my opinion, intrinsically bad for multiple reasons: it is impossible to ascertain how much research effort there ...
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Can we please stop voting to close a question just because the question is short?

The question raises a valid point, but does so in a non-optimal way. Can we please stop voting to close a question just because the question is short? Yes, sure. Everyone agrees. Let's move on. ...
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How to deal with just-google-it questions?

If a question includes a precise statement of the question they wish answered, includes enough context for us to judge where the OP's misunderstandings may lie and what sort of facts may be obvious to ...
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How to proceed when a bad question floods the site?

The question is not spam in the literal sense of the word. And since the system is automatically trained by spam flags, you shouldn't use spam flags. You should downvote and vote to close. And you ...
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Is it time to retire the 0.999=1 question (and other historical questions)

TL;DR. Stack Exchange does not have any functionality to "retire" on-topic questions. The "Historical significance" lock reason is for very specific use cases where the question itself is now off-...
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Close reason: "lack of research effort"

"No context" does function as a bit of a catch-all, and certainly 90% of the time, it is applied to "do my homework!" PSQs. However, there are several reasons it is stated like it is. Its "forms of ...
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"Strategy" for voting to close

A couple of points to consider: It takes five votes to close any question. If everyone saves their votes for some greater need, nothing gets closed. Do your share and vote. It's a community effort, ...
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Engage with people from the fringes - or not?

Inherently, I don't think that "fringe" is a useful category to judge questions - as always, a good test to apply to a question is to consider if it does all it can to support a good answer. Some ...
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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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