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General Reference = general clairvoyance?

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 ...
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3-vote close - how's it going?

Did this help? Yes, unequivocally. As John Lawler as commented, "the chaff is getting winnowed out sooner, and that's good." Did it hurt? No. It's only done good for the site. It's possible ...
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Gosh! 82 Close Vote Reviews in one day

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 ...
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Why was there such a negative reaction to this question: "Word for a person from another race?"

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 ...
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The close vote in review queue is meant to be cast judiciously

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 ...
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3-vote close - how's it going?

I think of the stream of questions posted on English Language & Usage as falling into four categories: uninteresting off-topic questions, uninteresting on-topic questions, interesting off-topic ...
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The close vote in review queue is meant to be cast judiciously

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 ...
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Would ELU like to start a trial of needing only 3 votes to close/reopen a question?

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 ...
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3-vote close - how's it going?

I'd like to post an answer from the viewpoint of a relative outsider. (For context, I'm on-and-off active in ELU's review queues, with 3 Steward badges here, but I have less than 5k rep and less than ...
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Would ELU like to start a trial of needing only 3 votes to close/reopen a question?

Would ELU like to start a trial of only need 3 votes to close/reopen a question? Update April 30, 2021 Community Managers are working to implement this now. No, thank you. To close a question all ...
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What if senior users could put on hold "proofreading" questions single-handedly?

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. ...
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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?)

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 ...
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WTH is up with the 'beyond 300' review queue?

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. ...
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WTH is up with the 'beyond 300' review queue?

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 ...
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Should this question about "this book is drenched" be closed?

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 ...
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Can we stop voting to close word request questions as opinion based?

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 ...
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Should "information required" be part of "unclear what you're asking"

"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 ...
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Would ELU like to start a trial of needing only 3 votes to close/reopen a question?

Although implementing this proposal carries obvious risks, it is worth trying because it promises to reduce the number of questions that are closed after being answered. The purpose of closing seems ...
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Would ELU like to start a trial of needing only 3 votes to close/reopen a question?

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....
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Why was there such a negative reaction to this question: "Word for a person from another race?"

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 ...
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A single vote closes a question! Have I just been granted "superpowers"?

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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How to Mark a Question as a Duplicate of Multiple Questions

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 ...
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Should this question about "this book is drenched" be closed?

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 ...
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Which users have close vote privileges both here and on ELL?

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 ...
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WTH is up with the 'beyond 300' review queue?

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 ...
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Should we restrict gold tag badge users from singlehandedly reopening their question?

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 ...
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Is it possible to have closevote limits increased for EL&U?

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 ...
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Would ELU like to start a trial of needing only 3 votes to close/reopen a question?

I'm a frequent close voter, and I think it's worth a try. There's a double-layered effect where misdirected questions often get answers that are of poor quality, which further increases the queue ...
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Would ELU like to start a trial of needing only 3 votes to close/reopen a question?

The evident purpose of this proposal is to make it easier to close bad questions quickly. To the extent that it would promote that goal without producing undesirable side effects, I have no objection ...
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Would ELU like to start a trial of needing only 3 votes to close/reopen a question?

UPDATE After reviewing the stats, it looks like this change has been very much beneficial for you all. While you had been doing in the 40-80% completion range for questions gaining at least one flag ...
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