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Is the EL&U community overzealous about closing/down-voting questions?

I'm fairly new to the stackexchange network, but I participate quite a bit on stackoverflow. I've used a few others (like this one) for one or two questions. And I have to say, EL&U feels ...
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When a question is closed, tell them the procedure for reopening it

UPDATE: Version 2.1 of the trial is now live. The intention is for the last voter who closes a question to link to the trial in lieu of the link appearing in the notice of closure. Here's a template ...
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Closed question still allows answers to be added

This question was closed at 1:29. Yet, at 2:10 a new answer was posted. See the timeline. How is that even possible?
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I am worried about being off-topic

Today is the second time I had an "English Language" question and visited this forum based on the result of a Google Internet search using a query such as: "proper use of the word _______" Both ...
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How to deal with an erroneously answered question that has been closed with the faulty answer accepted?

I've just run into a problem involving a question with an accepted answer that is demonstrably (albeit circumstantially demonstrably) untrue: Who first said "We can predict everything, except the ...
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Not a real question? Really?

Is corrosion an onomatopoeia? was closed as "Not a real question". I'm just flabbergasted. It's difficult to tell what is being asked here. This question is ambiguous, vague, incomplete, overly ...
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Should “Why can we use inadequate but not 'inspecific'?” be reopened?

I've been considering asking this question here on Meta-English Language & Usage for the past few days pursuant to help-center guidelines and after just having asked several users about it, have ...
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Why are there so many meta questions about how so many main questions are being downvoted or closed?

Why are there so many meta questions about a supposed recent uptick in downvoting, closing, and/or bad questions themselves? Also, why are these questions so presumptuous, assuming that there are ...
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what values drive our policy towards question closure?

In recent discussions on this site about question closures, I took away a few values which would appear to motivate some of the pronouncements: The point of answering a question is to satisfy the OP'...
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What should be done with the emoticon/emoji comparison question?

So this regards the question What is the Difference Between Emoji and Emoticon? This question was closed as gen. ref., because it lacked research. I do not necessarily feel as this was appropriate at ...
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Show Me the Reference!

It's time for everyone's favorite game show, Show Me the Reference! The following seven questions were each placed on hold as general reference within the past week: Is it correct to use an ...
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What are the “rules” for deleting questions? And should “What does ‘TL;DR:’ mean?” be undeleted?

I stumbled (to my utter amazement) on a question which was linked to a comment posted on Meta, namely https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/10659/what-does-tldr-mean For those who do not have ...
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Difference between “locked” and “closed”

After reading the Winter Cleaning question, I took a look at some old questions to see what could potentially be closed/removed. I found this proofreading question, which, being a proof-reading ...
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The “bare/bear with me” question: what should we do with it?

Is it "bear" or "bare" with me? There's been a lot of discussion on Meta in the comments about this question recently, but it's actually not the main topic of any of the recent ...
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“Do lunch” vs. “have lunch”: question closure

I realise there's a lot of this lately, and I'm about to add to it, but here goes: Difference between "I am doing lunch" and "I am having lunch" A perfectly valid question. The ...
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Closed question that had 7 upvotes

Here. Really, this is descending into madness. ELU has 10, 50, perhaps 100 times the question closure rate of other SEs. You can tell this isn't because of unusually bad questions, because with the ...
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Pique, peek, and peak vs. per se, persay, and per say

Compare the question "What does persay mean?" with "Is it peek, peak, or pique?". Both of them are about common errors and while the former is not as well-formulated as the latter, it has nevertheless ...
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Hell is hot, but is it funny?

On August 27 of last year, a poster on the main site asked "What does the idiom “funny as hell” mean?" Four days later, the question was closed for a familiar reason: Please include the research ...
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Priority on Close-reason votes

I'd like to give my contribution to the effort of some users in order to solve the current situation on the English SE. I asked this same question to Waiwai933 in his "A look at question quality" as a ...
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This isn't a duplicate

I asked a question recently about synonyms that appear to be antonyms, and whether there is a specific name for such word pairs. It was closed as a duplicate of a question asking why such words are ...
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Reopen 'Origin of the phrase “Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane”?'

This is a request to reopen the question 'Origin of the phrase "Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane"?'. There were at least 4 reopen votes previously which appear to have expired (?). This appears to ...
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Reopen closed question: 'Is “Why Steven Sinofsky is out at Microsoft” correct?'

I think that this is a perfectly good question and have no idea why it has been closed. The only person to have provided a reason for his/her close-vote as a comment is Fumble. He too has stated that ...
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Reopen request: Isn't “dummy” in “HTML Parser for Dummies” considered offensive?

This is a request to reopen the question, "Isn't “dummy” in “HTML Parser for Dummies” considered offensive?" I believe that it is a perfectly legitimate question and not general reference. (I've also ...
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Request to reopen “what-is-bigger-a-squillion-or-a-kadgillion”

Question: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/51175/what-is-bigger-a-squillion-or-a-kadgillion While this seems like (and may very well have been meant as) a silly nonsense question, there ...
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What Are The Implications of Closed Questions on Authors?

I am new to Stack Exchange and would like to know how greatly having one of your questions closed is detrimental and if such possible "offenses" end up penalizing your account in any way (especially ...
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Questions about creationist terminology are unacceptable?

In this question about a creationist term for macroevolution, the introduction to this site for our new user was "I can't see why EL&U should become involved in helping creationists find more ...
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Reopen request: What is the origin of “ex”?

Can you please reopen: What is the origin of "ex"? The reason for closing it was the following: "Please include the research you've done, or consider if your question suits our English ...
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Reopen request: “Sounds which seem to express a particular quality whatever words they appear”

This is a request to reopen the question, "Sounds which seem to express a particular quality whatever words they appear" I believe that it is a perfectly legitimate question and not a not real one, as ...
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Can moderators redirect links from badly chosen duplicates to actual duplicates?

The question Subject-verb agreement when using singular they? recently popped up in the Reopen Votes queue because the poster returned and edited it in hopes of getting it reopened. It had been closed ...
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How often are questions re-opened?

In several of the discussions about closed questions, and also in the blog, there's claims that questions can get re-opened. It certainly doesn’t mean “You are an illiterate cretin. Go away” — ...
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The answer to this question is great! But the question is closed and a bit hard to find

"Put me in touch with whomever created it"? I think F.E.'s answer here is very good and complete--the best overview on the case of fused relative pronouns that I've seen on this site. But ...
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How to challenge a duplicate closing?

If a question is closed as duplicate, but other readers do not believe it to be so, what is the recommended course of action? Is it: Ask a question about that question on meta (like this)? Or, Flag ...
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Why is this question off-topic?

https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/60880/why-dont-english-speakers-give-the-name-jesus-to-their-children was closed as off-topic. However, the FAQ clearly states that word-choice questions ...
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Please reopen What does “mode” mean in “modal verb”?

Why was https://english.stackexchange.com/q/186168/50720 closed as off-topic by members of the community? Maybe different members have a different view on this. My trouble is summarised by Professor ...
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Question deleted with multiple up-voted answers, why?

Recently there was a question that attracted a lot of answers: Is there a word for a person who can't do things right? Or can't handle things, and ends up messing up? It was nicely coming along. ...
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About controversial questions

I'd like to propose a way to deal with controversial questions. Current state of events. Every once in a while a question pops up that by itself is flawed when set against site rules, but at the ...
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Reopening request for the question 'usage-differences-between-than-vs-to-vs-over'?

I have asked a question usage-differences-between-than-vs-to-vs-over in ELU. How ever the question appears to be duplicate of another. Hence it was closed with out any notice. After closure I noticed ...
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Holds, duplicates

Right now, thirty of the fifty questions visible on the first page have been marked as holds or duplicates, with two or more others apparently awaiting final judgment from whatever local Fates have ...
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Could “Is “hangman” a gender neutral term?” be reopened?

Is "hangman" a gender neutral term? Perhaps the question seems silly or obvious, but I found some information related to it that I think is interesting, and I'd like to be able to post an ...