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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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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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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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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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Closing is not bad

Note: This is partially a work in progress, I guess. It is more of a thought dump on the subject because I see a lot of negative reactions to something I consider a good thing. All thoughts, comments, ...
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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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Are we not doing a good job in closing questions that should not suit EL&U?

In the past days, a question has been deleted by a diamond user (not one of our moderators), and some questions have been closed as off-topic because of something that was added to the FAQ (again, not ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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This is a great question - why was it closed?

Here is my idea of a great question: "Key thob" and "key fob" It turns out whole bunch of people say "key thob" instad of "key fob" - enough for Google to automatically correct ...
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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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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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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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Should you also downvote when you vote to close?

Very often a question will have more close votes than downvotes. When those with enough (3,000) reputation cast a close vote on a question, is it also worthwhile they downvote? (In fact, this also ...
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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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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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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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What is the meaning of the numbers shown in the dialog to vote to close a question as duplicate?

When I vote to close a question that is duplicating another one, I get a list of questions with some numbers. What is their meaning?
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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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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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Is 'flagging' an appropriate response for someone who doesn't have authority/longevity to vote to close?

Maybe I'm wrong, but this post appears to be not a question. I do not have the rep to do so, and also haven't done it before. I think it will likely sort itself out. But would flagging a post like ...
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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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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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Should questions about pronunciation of a word be closed as “general reference”?

I don't think they should be closed, but considering that it could be enough to look the pronunciation reported in a dictionary, should questions about pronunciation be closed using the "general ...
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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 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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A question voted to be off-topic and better suited to writers.SE has not been migrated

When should one use a section sign (the link is only for 10k users) has been voted as off-topic and better suited to writers.SE by 5 users, but the question was simply closed. https://english....
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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See close votes on my own question

Are users supposed to be able to see how many "close" votes their own question has? I know you have to have a certain amount of rep to close a question in general, but on Stack Overflow's meta, I can ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is the automatic comment for questions voted to be closed as duplicate not added anymore?

The question How should a date be written? is voted to be closed as duplicate of another question, but I don't see the usual comment being automatically added. Are such comments not added anymore, ...
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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 ...