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I've been participating in this site for little over one month, and I keep visiting it every day because I like the idea of contributing to this cultural exchange (I'm actually learning a lot of interesting things, given that I'm not a native speaker). However, I must say that I share some of the uneasiness which the previous posts describe. I've asked ...


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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 (1,710 ...


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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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These are the ten newest questions that have been closed: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/51316/what-is-the-origin-of-the-word-visa It's a basic etymology question, and consulting a dictionary will find you the answer. I feel it's akin to asking "What is 14*192?" on the Mathematics site; should we really be answering such a simple question that ...


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I've only been active on this site for a few weeks, but I've gotten the same general impression that the poster here has: The active members seem a little over-zealous in closing questions. I can certainly understand closing blatantly off-topic questions. If someone asks "Who was prime minister during World War I?" or "Who is your favorite rap singer?", ...


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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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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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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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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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I realize this is an old question, but I felt obliged to chime in because I disagree with the answers previously posted. When you click on the 'flag' button you are presented with a list of options as to why you flagged it. One option is "It doesn't belong here" with a sub-menu letting you select from the same (or similar) list that you get when voting ...


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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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Other users have already replied about the specific question being referred. I will reply without referring to the specific questions that were shown in the front page when you asked this question. First, you are referring to the questions shown in the front page, which is a localized situation. It could be that two months ago Stack Overflow had more closed ...


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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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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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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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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 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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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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In general I worry about badges that encourage behaviours that make other people feel bad. For example ... how about a badge for 1000 downvotes? Or a badge for successfully deleting N posts due to delete votes. If we have a concrete problem where not enough stuff is getting closed, I could be persuaded. Though, I do worry about this kind of badge and ...


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I disagree with Matt, and think that the question can be reopened. The key points are that thob for fob occurs with more than chance regularity, and it has a significant, interesting linguistic aspect to why this error occurs. Once the question is reopened I intend to answer it with these things in mind.


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As it happens, I didn't closevote either of OP's examples. But I will admit it's very likely I leave less explanatory comments when I do closevote through the "review" facility. I note that currently this question is tagged discussion. I think it's been proposed before on meta that closevotes on the main site should require a comment. I wouldn't go that far,...


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