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My problem with the "General Reference" justification for closing questions is a bit different from the one raised here by phenry: Too often people vote to close a question on that basis without doing any research into the poster's question themselves. A case in point occurred yesterday. A poster with a reasonably strong track record at EL&U (1,...


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The direct answer is that yes, moderators can cast unlimited numbers of votes to close, reopen, delete, or undelete posts because these are considered moderation activities. You must just have been unaware of this, but it has always been that way. Actual votes are still limited in the normal way, however. Most of the time I don’t use the review queues for ...


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Well, if you're missing something, I'm missing it too. I have no idea what the close-voters were thinking, but in any case, it's reopened now. (Hint for the future: there really isn't much you can research for a word request. The bad word requests are the ones that don't give a context, and newsflash: two example sentences is perfectly sufficient context.)


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Perhaps some review queue reviewers who feel that the site is overrun with cruddy questions are loath to waste any of their allotted 20 daily review votes on keeping acceptable questions open, since doing so would mean having fewer votes left to close unacceptable questions with. If so, they may be inclined to skip questions that, if they had unlimited votes ...


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It's much less bad than you can see in your view. Moderators can also see which reviews were deliberately skipped. I can't tell you specifics, but on average for every two or three entries you do see, there's another you aren't seeing where the reviewer has deliberately passed on a review decision because they've elected to skip it.


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I like the idea of your Christmas Truce: but who is going to persuade the other side, namely the newcomers who don't read the faq and certainly not meta, but think this would be a great place to ask their English homework questions and vent their prejudices?


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What we have here is a failure to communicate. Some are reading your question, and thinking, "This is pretty straightforward – here's the link." You are reading those sources and thinking, "But that doesn't answer my question!" So, there's an apparent disconnect between what you are asking, and what some observers think you are asking. I think maybe some ...


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Things get in the CVRQ by having a close vote cast or a close flag cast. They stay there until they get enough Leave Opens or Closes, or are closed, or expire. It was 322 when I last looked at it. We average two days to close things here: Over Closed Asked Percent 1d 12 65 18.46 % 2d 51 129 39.52 % 7d 174 435 40.00 % 14d 363 ...


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tl,dr: Making ELL a migration target for non-moderators risks making matters worse, not better. There is great confusion about what makes a question suitable for migration. The main problem here is not the betaness one. That’s a red herring. Rather, the real reason the migration list is always a very a short list on all SE sites is because users, even ...


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I've often thought that a "weak" close would be useful - a way for folks with some knowledge in a given area to quickly take a new question off the table so that it could be discussed, edited, etc. One way to prevent abuse would be to make the question re-open instantly if it was edited. Another would be to simply allow anyone with similar experience in ...


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This is perhaps an inevitable affliction of mature Stack Exchange sites. The closure review queue grows due to a confluence of several factors. I have found that empirically, user reputation scores follow a power law distribution, or something close to it. Here is a histogram; the same histogram plotted on a log-log scale looks roughly linear. This means ...


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A question about a word used by a Library with a large collection of English books and a website in English, however arcane the usage of that word, should be on topic on ELU. I took the direct approach. I e-mailed the Library at their "contact us" e-mail address. Dear Sir or Madam: The use of the term "This book has been drenched" has aroused ...


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I think it is broke, and this would be worth at least trialling. Currently there are over 160 questions in the review queue. I confess I don't use the queue much; I simply don't have the time and since my vote is a binding vote and designed for exception-handling, I would far rather that the community policed itself. If there aren't sufficient members who ...


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Let's talk about what "opinion based" actually means. Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on opinions, rather than [on] facts, references, or specific expertise. Note that the wording from the Help Centre and the review queue are almost ...


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"Off-topic" is very, very wide! Anything which is explicitly off-topic, or even not on the "on-topic" list, is off-topic. It's OK to say that questions which don't adhere to the published guidelines as stated in question tags are off-topic as well. The tag guidance for single-word-requests is very explicit, having undergone a number of revisions to ...


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Yes, indeed: you are now a Superhero, able to wield the mighty Mjölnir. Notice the gold badge where the diamond would go:


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I am strongly in favour of the second set. These are the values we used to hold, two years ago. Then the community became more and more bureaucratic and less friendly to newcomers. This often happens on the Internet, alas. I say we return to the merry values of our early days. Already we are known as close-happy and aggressive. Perhaps the new proposal ...


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All across the network moderator votes are binding. So a question can be closed by five regular users (who have gained the right to vote to close), or 0–4 regular users and a mod. The same holds for reopening. You can easily tell moderators from regular users by the diamond (♦) next to their name. Here are some of the questions on Movies and TV that were ...


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I can tell you what I was thinking when I voted to close it, and my thinking is neatly encapsulated in Mari-Lou's comment below her own answer: "the OP didn't specify". As the question stands, it is unanswerable because we lack information. Specifically: What research was done. This was asked for, and though the OP refers to it it is not provided. I don't ...


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Users with gold tag badge having the privileges to single-handedly close as duplicates, and naturally, all moderators, can edit the listed duplicates once it's closed. It's a new feature actually. See the edit button in the image below: Anything is fine. Meta post will get you attention from members who visit meta, and most meta visitors are experienced ...


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I disagree that either question is not on-topic. One aspect of ELU's purpose is to tease out unusual uses of English. In the question What does drenched book mean? we have a documented highly esoteric use of a word. It's arguably so esoteric as to be wrong. Does that make the question off-topic? No: the meaning of the word has been found and explained. What ...


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Through the magic of T-SQL I've found the answer. You can run my query here, with the data being updated weekly. There are currently 57 users with close/reopen privileges on both sites (not including CMs, except Catija because she has the rep). Actually, with this query I did one better than what I asked: it works for any privilege. Simply enter a number in ...


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I can't deny I've been remiss in not going through the review queue so often lately. But when I do tackle the "Closevote" queue, I invariably hit my daily limit (20 VTC), because the queue is so long. And that really irritates me, because it means I can't VTC against current questions, as they arise. Perhaps I should post my thoughts as a "Feature Request" ...


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This site gets lots of new users who post questions which aren't up to scratch. I would guess that a long term average of 40% closed is on the high end across the network. Perhaps something that could be considered would be a site-specific lowering of the number of votes required to close questions. If questions needed only 3-4 close votes the queue would ...


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In light of the "hat race" going on now, I think this proposal is turning out to be stillborn. People seem to be making extra volunteer efforts so they can earn hats. This includes running the closevote queues, etc. Maybe try again after Christmas.


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A 'gold tag badge' user is conferred with mod-like superpowers without mod-like training and behavior expectations of all kinds. Surely, when the system was changed, the designers anticipated the possibility of this scenario, but the benefits of the system outweighed the potential 'abuse' (not sure that's the right term) of it. I don't think there's ...


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Based upon Jeff Atwood's answer to Should Available Close Votes Be a Function of Inflation or Rep?, made in 2011, I surmise that the answer to the titular question is yes, it is possible. Sci-Fi and Super-User had 24 close votes back when the default number of close votes was 12, meaning that the number can be set on a per-site basis if nothing has changed ...


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This question appears to conflate a number of very different issues, so the simple answer would have to be "No". The more comprehensive answer would be "It depends". Flagging vs voting No one with the 3,000 rep required for close-voting should be flagging a question for closure, they should simply VTC. If the question is whether a user with less than 3,000 ...


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If the actual answer to a question is hidden in an incidental remark in an answer to a completely different question, then how is it making the internet a better place to close the question as a duplicate? (You can't even use the number of upvotes/downvotes to come to any conclusion about the validity of the answer, since it's likely that the voters were ...


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