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What is the recourse when mods delete comments without notice?

This question had a score of 3 before someone initiated a 'close vote' followed by the score being reduced to 0. I posted in comments asking the people who did it (both the close vote and downvote) to ...
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Why was this question on phrase usage closed?

I recently asked the question Is the phrase “final solution” used in the field of software development? on the site. While the first version of the question was poorly worded, it was then edited to ...
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3-vote close - how's it going?

UPDATE: While the testing period has ended, this change has been well-received by the community so we have opted to not reset the votes needed to close/reopen to 5 while we look at data. Please let me ...
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Why was this simple question so misunderstood?

I asked what I thought was a reasonable and simple question: "Are there historical examples of "unchartered territory" used correctly?. It received 2 down-votes and 2 votes-to-close, ...
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english.yoda.stackexchange.com belongs on this question does

Why has the "belongs on" message changed to Yoda speak? english.meta.stackexchange.com belongs on ell.stackexchange.com belongs on
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Can we stop voting to close word request questions as opinion based?

While going through the review queue, I've seen a few word/phrase request questions being marked for closure because of being opinion based. Since English is such a rich language, almost every word/...
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Would ELU like to start a trial of needing only 3 votes to close/reopen a question?

Many sites in the network are currently considering whether they would like reduced close/reopen vote requirements, from 5 down to 3, for a one month trial. As the close vote queue almost always has ...
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Has anything changed regarding voting to close for lack of research?

A recent question asked Is it valid to use "We will be pending for her return" instead of, for example: " We look forward to her return"? I was going to vote to close but then I noticed a comment ...
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Is it possible to have closevote limits increased for EL&U?

I am "constantly" running out of closevotes. It used to happen just once or twice a month, but I've now I've hit it for the second time in a week. To be clear, I am referring not just to running out ...
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Which users have close vote privileges both here and on ELL?

Not too long ago, I unlocked the cast close and reopen votes privilege... on ELL. Here on ELU I've had that privilege for a pretty long time, since I just recently unlocked the very last privilege (...
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Should we restrict gold tag badge users from singlehandedly reopening their question?

I recently closed a question as a duplicate of another. Since I had a gold tag badge, it was instantly closed. The OP of the question had a gold tag badge as well, and decided to reopen it single-...
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Close vote reason display issue

I've just (yesterday or today) started seeing poor text positioning on the close vote dialog, specifically that the already-selected reason's description is overlapping with the title: This is on: ...
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Are some (not all) users closing questions for not being clear just because they don't know the answer?

Are some (not all) users closing questions for not being clear just because they don't know the answer? From the comments here, I think that's what's happening there. I think it a very interesting ...
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Should this question about "this book is drenched" be closed?

Context is this question: What does drenched book mean? I think, initially, that it was an on-topic question, to which the only reasonable on-topic answer is: no, there is no English definition of "...
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How to Mark a Question as a Duplicate of Multiple Questions

This evening I came across this question. In the comments, sumelic has indicated three potentially related questions. They are obviously better equipped than I to handle any duplicate closing in this ...
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You gotta tell me, what's "balled" got to do with it?

One downvote... fine. Normal stuff. Two... again normal (for me it is). But three downvotes for this question? The balled (headed) eagle? Is it because of the title? That's the only fathomable ...
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What if senior users could put on hold "proofreading" questions single-handedly?

We are a language site, and there's always a lot of off-topic "proofreading" questions incoming, and to those, poor answers from relatively new users, and this taxes our reviewers, and wastes our time....
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Significantly changed question

A user asked this question: What would you call a person who is obsessed with being "normal"? In the text body they asked for: "someone who cannot bear to be different from other people" ...
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Gosh! 82 Close Vote Reviews in one day

The statistics is available for users with sufficient rep, but not everyone can see what happens behind the scenes, so here's a screenshot. I'm not concerned with the number of questions closed by ...
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The close vote in review queue is meant to be cast judiciously

Is it just my impression, or are some folks (blindly) closing every single question that appears in the Close Votes review queue? https://english.stackexchange.com/review/close/history (Note only ...
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Historical lock instead of closure for high view questions

Today I found this question in my review queue for a close vote. It's mostly my fault because I edited a previously burninated tag out and bumped it to the front page by doing so. Naturally, another ...
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Should "information required" be part of "unclear what you're asking"

Currently, when voting to close a question because Questions on choosing an ideal word or phrase must include information on how it will be used in order to be answered, you have to go through the ...
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Are questions asking for "part of speech" all on-topic?

Some questions on part of speech (POS) are interesting and useful to me. However, honestly I don't understand how the linked question What part of speech is the word “very” in this sentence? could ...
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How could I have better asked this question, which was taken as being about legal terminology?

I asked this question, looking for a word like inherit/inheritance that applies to a widow(er) as opposed to an heir or a successor. Really, I was just looking for a good word, a word by which I could ...
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Why was there such a negative reaction to this question: "Word for a person from another race?"

Is there a word for "a person from another race"? This question has three down-votes and was closed because "Questions that can be answered using commonly-available references are off-topic"...
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WTH is up with the 'beyond 300' review queue?

As of Sept 22, 11:24am UTC-4, the review queue is at 306: This seems outrageous. 209 close items, 37 first posts, a smattering of others (which don't add to near 306) That's just a lot of work. ...
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Question should be closed

I think this question should be closed as off-topic for take-your-pick: unclear what's being asked, too broad, basic (dictionaries for use examples), and better for ELL if it were . . . better. But ...
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Closing a question as a duplicate of a closed question: Apply transitivity?

Recently when I've been going through the Close-Vote Review queue, and the existing votes are for "This question is a duplicate of (Other-question)", I've noticed many cases where the selected (Other-...
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Seriously though, how is this a duplicate?

This question, which asked: You've got macaroni spilt all over your house. Which one would be a correct version? These are too much macaroni. These are too many macaroni. It's too much macaroni. ...
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Can we have a vote-to-reopen tag here on meta ELU?

We have a vote-to-close tag, but it would be nice to have a vote-to-reopen tag also, for those of us who believe our questions were wrongfully closed.
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Mechanics of Closing a Question [duplicate]

I'm curious how (not why) this question was closed. I see it is closed as a duplicate by one person, FumbleFingers. I'm only familiar with closes being done by voting to close (with a required vote ...
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Can we add English Language Learners to the "belongs on another SE site" list? (When will ELL move out of beta?)

For close votes, we are provided a number of reasons. One reason, in particular, is for being off-topic because it belongs on a different Stack Exchange network, takes you to a list view of related ...
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How can I remove my vote to close a question?

I recently voted to close a question which looked like a duplicate. The OP has edited it to make the difference in what he's asking much clearer, and I agree that my close vote is now no longer ...
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General Reference = general clairvoyance?

This question asked what you call those words that sound like the sound they make. It was closed as general reference. Really!? How the hell is the guy supposed to look up the answer when he doesn't ...
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A single vote closes a question! Have I just been granted "superpowers"?

I just cast a closevote (duplicate) on this question, which at the time had no comments, answers, or votes. As I write, it says Marked as duplicate by FumbleFingers 2 minutes ago, and there's an ...
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Why does adding a bounty to your own question prevent it from being voted closed?

I find it a little annoying that users can "protect" bad questions with bounties but the ability to do this to your own question seems like a particularly blatant loophole. ELU does not close ...
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Tests of duplicity

A recent question was closed because it already has an answer at another question. I cast the final vote because I believe that the following test is a reliable guide for casting "duplicate" close ...
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How to (if at all) undo a close vote?

If a question was voted to close in error, is it possible to reverse the vote? Sometimes it may so happen that an incorrect reason-for-closing was selected. Very rarely, vote to close could have ...
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Why are there votes to close my "esquire" question?

I asked a question about the use of the word esquire by American lawyers. How did the term "esquire" come to be used for lawyers? One comment said it was the "best Q&A of the ... ...
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Close vote expiry period and cumulative count of all close votes for a question

Close votes on a question expire after a period of time. How long is this period? Also, is there any way of telling how many close votes a question has garnered over time? This would include those ...
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How come a single user can close questions on EL&U?

Never mind the alarming rate at which questions are slammed shut on EL&U, I was infact wondering how come questions on EL&U can be closed by a single user when Stack Exchange, Movies and TV (...
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Winter of our discontent[ahem, sorry] of Love

I want to propose an experiment, kinda like the Summer of Love, but in the winter. Call it my Christmas Contrivance. For one week (or one day, or the 12 Days of Christmas, or whatever period you like)...
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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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Is the "review" feature responsible for lazy close-voting?

The following are two examples of questions which have, as of right now, registered a number—four in these cases—of close votes. How do you refer to a hyponym that is the same word as the hypernym? ...
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'Protected Q.' & Close Vote Review

This question Correct usage of pronoun: “their” vs “its” is shown as "protected by ЯegDwight ...", suggesting that it has some significance. Should it list in Review|Close Votes? I think it ...
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Minor CSS issue in the vote-to-close window

If I click the "close (x)" link on a question that I have previously voted to close, I am present with a window similar to what is seen when I first clicked the link. The biggest difference is that ...
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Which is the duplicate?

What is the plural of the word “index”? asked Sep 16 '10 [on this site]. Indexes or Indices? asked Jun 16 '09, migrated from stackoverflow.com 3 hours ago. Clearly these are duplicates of each other,...
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Why exactly was this question closed?

The question is Is it right to say "Is John lie?" The question is perfectly clear and has a perfectly clear answer. I don't see any specific section of the FAQ that would indicate that the ...
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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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Voting off topic questions that belong on Linguistics.SE [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Add a link to Literature.SE as a choice for migration in an off-topic close vote When a voting to close a question as off topic, we're given the option to say it belongs here ...
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