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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 uncomfortable place to be! If only the asker had taken the time to write a better question, but alas, here you are, with a solution burning a hole in your pocket and a ...


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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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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 close a question then don't answer it even if you feel that the math involved is interesting and gives you a high. Show patience while voting to close and if you ...


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Closed questions can be deleted more easily. They also send a message to the other users of the site "this is not how you are expected to ask a question". Moreover, closed questions contribute to "negative participation score" which can lead to rate limits (e.g., being blocked from asking questions for some time). So yes, bad questions ...


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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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I am promoting my comments to an answer, as this came up again in CURED again today. My flowchart is as follows: Is the question of sufficient quality to keep on the site? Yes. Go to step 2. No. If a question is of low-quality, then vote-to-close for lack of quality (e.g. vote one of "needs context", "unclear", "too broad", etc). If a question is not of ...


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A question can have more than one duplicate target. You can find some examples in this SEDE query. As far as I remember: This happens if various users choose various duplicate targets when voting to close. And also if the list of duplicates is subsequently edited - this can be done by moderators or by user with a gold badge in the specific tag. So to ...


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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 is a good point, so I reopened it. I expect it will be closed again, most likely, but with a more appropriate duplicate target.


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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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No, they are not notified. That is unless you vote to close as a duplicate, or use a custom off-topic reason; those actions generate a comment and they are notified of comments. Note that users need to have 250 reputation to even see the close votes; other users do not notice them until their question is actually closed. If you're reasonably sure the ...


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It is definitely a judgement call - so various users might have various views on a specific question. One issue is whether you consider this a question about the inequality $$\frac{x}{y^3+2xyz} + \frac{y}{z^3+2xyz} + \frac{z}{x^3+2xyz} \gt \frac{15}{2} \tag{1}$$ or whether you consider this a question whether about the inequality $$xy^2+yz^2+zx^2 < \frac{...


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If one really wants to answer a closable question, one might consider editing the question to make it conform more readily with the site's standards. This works especially well when the original question lacks background and motivation, which is often the case, and often the question's only flaw (i.e. the question is mathematically sound). I have seen many ...


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Regarding the closed question, which I voted to close, the guy specifically asks about a code problem with R, which has nothing to do here. Maybe the question could be rephrased to be on topic, but as is, it's not. That he asks for another algorithm is only tangential, his main problem, is with code, and his question "Can anyone understand why this is ...


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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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I've iterated on the SEDE queries that were already there and combined that into this query I've added three new data series: number of review tasks not completed, number of reviews (it takes a couple of reviews to complete one review task) and the average time in hours it took for the the task to be completed (I've added a + 50 offset to have the plot in ...


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I've found my answer on the Stack Exchange data explorer. This query is up-to-date and shows the last few months' worth of data (in fact, there are more than $3$ years of data in total). The query updates the number of questions awaiting review once per day at midnight UTC time, which is just what I need. As far as I can tell, the number of questions that ...


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For post reopening: Post owners receive an inbox notification when their closed question is reopened. See Are users notified when their questions are reopened?. Post followers receive an inbox notification when a closed question they follow is reopened. See How can I get a notification when someone else's question is reopened?. For post closure: See “...


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