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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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Yes, you should - Its definitely spam, and you should flag it. Well, if I hadn't deleted the user anyway.


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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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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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[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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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Every close vote has a justification, otherwise it would not have been cast. Even "I did not mean to click that" is a justification. The mass of the Community means that there must be 5 such justifications made or asserted before the question is actually closed, and even then the design of SuperUser is not for closed questions to remain closed. Instead, ...


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