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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.
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. —
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.
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 ...
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 ...
General outline / category list of things we could / should have:
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 ...
Questions like this are:
IN FAVOR of not closing it:
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 (...
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.
Use your new power wisely.
The rules are:
You can instantly close as a duplicate any question that was originally asked with ...
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 ...
I understand your point, but you would still have to provide a list of questions with close votes for people to browse.
When a site gets to the size of Super User it's not possible for everyone to see every question that gets posted on the site. Without a list of questions with close votes bad questions will remain on the site attracting all sorts of ...
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.
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.
The reason we see that other people already put a close vote in, is to draw our attention to a possible issue with the question. This is intentional and helpful.
It allows us to track down problematic questions quickly and remove inappropriate content from our site.
Nobody puts a close vote in on a question if he doesn't believe the question needs to be ...
Voting is a privilege that we should trust our users to use properly. It's rare when a question is closed incorrectly, and I've never seen a malicious attempt by packs to close questions at will. And if that were to ever occur, the Mods would be able to step in a take care of it pretty quickly.
IMO if a question has four votes, I still look it over to ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
Instead, describe ...
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 ...
obviously I'm disappointed by the responses, since I now know that people actively do sift through the questions to see which ones have close votes
No, we don't "actively" sift through questions which have close votes. I do take a look at them and close which are obviously out of topic.
There is a list, true. But that doesn't mean we sit there all day, ...
It's a perfectly fine question. It's asking how he can convert a video, without someone interrupting him.
The top voted answer provided an alternative that didn't involve other software. The answerer just found another issue in the question, that helped him solve the problem.
tl:dr The question is perfectly fine.
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.
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.
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 ...
Disclaimer: Not meant personal, but I'm trying to show the opposite point in this answer as to understand why it has been in place and that you need some statistics to justify such change. I'm not going to defend this position, but I thought I would share this to feed any discussion / consensus.
TL;DR: Is there a significant ratio of questions being closed ...
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 ...