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Post an answer that would be significantly outside the original answer (A guide with many additional answers and steps. I've done this a few times and it's been fairly well-received, so I don't see the problem with just doing that.


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Well, since it's been frozen at least twice and bumped … several times, farewell Vote to Close room. It roomed us all faithfully back in the bad old days when we needed more room. — allquixotic The Review queue will take care of the close votes, and if there's anything to be discussed, we still have Root Access or the Ask a SU Moderator room.


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Any set of guidelines is going to be inherently subjective, but here are mine: Look at the OP's rep / other questions on the site that you are thinking of migrating it to. If they have a lot of closed/downvoted questions, it is probably a good bet that this one is going to be closed, too, even if you aren't very familiar with the subject matter or the other ...


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TL;DR: If I see a question on the front page that I believe is off topic according to current standards, then I vote to close that question. Sure, perhaps closing a question can in principle be seen as "penalizing" the author of that question. But really, there are two major possibilities here (allowing for slight variations of each): The asker is no ...


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[close a question that is] no longer being on-topic The Stack Exchange network's policy is clear: you are not allowed to ask off-topic questions. If a question was asked years ago and it was on topic, then don't molest it. (This assumes it's not close-able for other reasons.) The Stack Exchange network also lacks a clear policy on what to do with questions ...


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General outline / category list of things we could / should have: Shopping questions Localized troubleshooting questions (by contrast, canonical troubleshooting questions should not be closed) Questions about imminent future/speculative product releases that are not yet officially released (this does not include official public releases of beta or release ...


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Questions like this are: IN FAVOR of not closing it: Specific Answerable Topical Shows some cursory research, or at least tells me what they've tried (in this case, very little) Shows specific command lines and the results of the command lines BEGGING me to downvote it: Shows little or no research about the command line options of the command being used (...


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This is what I usually do, other than relying on the wisdom of the commons (or the other VTCers. Do I actually know the topic enough to decide on the quality of the question Is this a great question which closing or deleting will be a tragedy. Failing which, is this a good enough question, on topic, which is worth migrating. If possible, I try to check ...


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Gold tag-badge holders are now able to instantly close duplicate questions. As the only holder of the wireless-networking gold tag-badge you are now our resident expert on closing duplicate questions within that tag. Congratulations! Use your new power wisely. The rules are: You can instantly close as a duplicate any question that was originally asked with ...


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If a question is off topic, then it is off topic. It matters not whether it was on topic at the time of asking. So, Yes, do vote to close. Don’t go out of your way to look for problems, unless they’re the kind of problems you can fix yourself. Do your best to fix any problem you see on the front page, in review queues, in your normal browsing of the site. ...


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Welcome to inflation. Or at least the close votes queue. Currently, we allow 20 reviews per user per queue per day, but we double this to 40 if the queue size is over 1000. So long as the close waiting count is above 1000, then you'll be able to use 40 from the queue. Other times, it will shrink back down to 20 if under 1000.


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If the community sees fit to do so, we can create a custom close reason for questions about bugs for pre-release software. I don't personally think it makes sense to close all questions that are at all related to pre-release software, but I do think that questions specifically about bugs/errors/hardware incompatibilities with pre-release software don't do ...


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There are various reasons why this question would be off topic. It's about software (codec) development. And even if it were on topic: It's unclear what's being asked. It might be clear what they want—like asking "How do I drive a car?". You should interpret this option as "this question is too vague and unspecific". It wouldn't be possible to give a ...


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Whether or not a question is too broad is based on the nature of the required answer. In very general terms, a question should be a single issue. However, there is a gray area when you get into closely related, multi-part questions. In some cases, multiple parts are best handled as separate questions, either because: a comprehensive answer would be ...


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Note: as of today (June 25th), the new close reasons are live. Moderators can edit the close reasons, although we will only do so with community input*. The current custom off-topic reasons are: Questions seeking product, service, or learning material recommendations are off-topic because they tend to become obsolete quickly. Instead, describe ...


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From some of the examples linked to in the original post, and with some ideas from the Help Center article on on-topic questions, I tried to cover all the bullet points that Super User is not about. Note that some of the following reasons might overlap with migrating some questions, but my train of thought is that these reasons can be used for questions ...


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The idea behind this is that if you're giving a custom reason, then the user should be aware of why their question is being closed. This is intentional and by-design.


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For the moment, this is intended behaviour. Well, not so much directly intended, but... it's a pretty small loophole/edge case. For the time being (the past year and beyond :)), I'd say that if you see someone abusing self-deletion like that, flag the post for a moderator to look over. They can either close the post or reprimand the user, as appropriate.


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Yes. See Can we have the ability to retract a close vote before it closes? for more info. Just click on "close" again, and you will see a button for "retract close vote".


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If it exists on both sites it should be worded to fit the different audiences. If they're not, one should be surrendered, migrated and merged with the other. If you do find the answer exists better or bests on another site in the network, just quote it, link back with attribution and maybe even frame it, again, for the audience you're answering among. So ...


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The reasons for why questions were down-voted, and why they were closed are hardly related. They don't trigger each other. However, there might be several reasons for explaining the correlation between the down-votes a question may get, and why it may get closed. A question is not close-voted just because of the bad quality. There's no such criteria for ...


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Like mentioned in the MSO Oliver linked: How can we close questions with bounties? Flag the question for moderator attention, we can remove the bounty and then close the question.


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It's preferable to vote to close your question as duplicate; if someone else searches with the same keywords that you've used, it'll redirect them to the dupe question


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Click on the close option & you'll see the reason being highlighted


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The thing you're quoting is about regular up/down votes on a question. You can only vote to close once, and you can only retract the vote once. After that, you cannot vote to close again unless the question is re-opened. For more details, see the relevant feature request on MSO: Can we have the ability to retract a close vote before it closes? When you ...


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There is already a page like this for moderators and users with 10k+ reputation like yourself. That provides an easy place to see all pending close votes, without cluttering the home page with unnecessary information. The close votes review queue is also another place to quickly see questions with pending close votes. If you want to contribute to keeping ...


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I'd argue that this isn't what we have done so far - we've used preview tags in the past, with the view of using these tags as a deletion target. We can always retag questions still relevant with newer versions. This close reason might be more useful after the beta period ends.


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Correct me if I am wrong, but here is my hypothesis from my experiences: You can review 20 posts per review queue. However, you have 24 close votes a day. The system took your vote because it was not in the review queue for the day, but it still counts towards your 24 close vote per day limit. In the review queue, both the close and not close options count ...


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I feel this should be allowed, because I've run into questions that had bounties but should be closed, often for being not constructive or not a real question. However, I feel it should take eight votes (more or less) to close a question with a bounty, rather than the normal five. Users should be advised to exercise caution when voting to close a question ...


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I tend to closevote over downvoting, personally. However, you can undo a downvote when a question is edited, so if its a salvagable question, but horrible, I tend to augment my usual comments (you might want to include X) with a downvote. Its a 'try better' not a 'begone before I taunt you again!'. If its not all that bad but dosen't belong here, its a ...


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