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Can I forsake my superpowers?

First and foremost: You are not alone feeling/thinking that on some occasions you would prefer only to cast an ordinary vote! I don't think you can forsake the superpowers, but you can use them ...
11 votes
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How close a match we need to close a recurring question as a duplicate?

The OP asked in original version (now substantially rewritten a further from a rant): "Am I the only one concerned about duplicates?" My answer to this would be certainly not, as witnessed by many ...
10 votes

Should we be able to close questions only when we have the tag of field of the question asked?

No. The ability to vote to close questions should not be reserved for those users with a badge in some tag attached to the question. As a practical matter, there are two points: There are tags which ...
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8 votes
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Mjölnir malfunction

No, as meanwhile the deciding factor are the current tags, but the voter must not have been involved in the tagging. Source: It looks like the duplicate banner changed. How does it work now?
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7 votes

Question having excellent answer marked as dupe of a newer question

Not only did the older thread have an excellent answer already Maybe, but see below. but the user who marked the old thread as dupe of the new thread apparently knew of the older thread and yet ...
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How close a match we need to close a recurring question as a duplicate?

I had posted a Comment on Remainder when dividing $13^{3530}$ with $12348$ suggesting one (potential) duplicate/closely related Question. I'll share my thought about where the line might be drawn in ...
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What is needed to have the right to close a question (as a duplicate) with a single vote?

A non-moderator user can cast a binding duplicate vote if they have a gold-badge in a tag originally on the question (and the usual criteria for dupe-closure are met). Note that these users are marked ...
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spurious interaction between close votes for different reasons

With a gold-badge in a tag a user since some time has a binding vote (as regards duplicates). The behavior seems the same as it is and was for other binding votes. The specific issue with clearing ...
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How close a match we need to close a recurring question as a duplicate?

The following is just my personal opinion The question is: What makes a duplicate? I don't think it is easy to provide a clear cut answer. There will be some disagreements and grey area questions ...
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How close a match we need to close a recurring question as a duplicate?

A summary of what I have learned/observed from the responses and the discussion in this thread (thanks all) up to June 22nd: Many users have argued against the use of so called abstract duplicates as ...
2 votes

How close a match we need to close a recurring question as a duplicate?

My opinion: $A$ should be closed a duplicate of $B$ iff answers to $B$ are complete and appropriate answers to the question asked in $A$ (ignoring everything else). So in particular: Most forms ...
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2 votes
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Can one avoid gold badge superpowers by temporarily removing tags?

404's answer is apparently not true anymore -- this question had the logic tag (for which I have the hammer) originally. I edited it to remove it, and then voted to close as a duplicate; the vote was ...

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