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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 ...
Andrew Leach's user avatar
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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 ...
tchrist's user avatar
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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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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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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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12 votes

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 ...
tchrist's user avatar
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12 votes

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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11 votes

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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What is the recourse when mods delete comments without notice?

You have no "recourse" to moderators doing their job and deleting a comment "without notice". That simply is not how the Stack Exchange works. Although I was not the moderator who ...
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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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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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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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7 votes

Does this answer your question?

As Laurel has noted in comments, this is how the system notifies you that someone else considers there is already an answer to your question. You get such a notification every time someone casts a ...
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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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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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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 ...
NVZ's user avatar
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6 votes

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 ...
Catija's user avatar
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6 votes
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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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5 votes
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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?

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?

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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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 ...
anongoodnurse's user avatar
5 votes

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

The requirements for close-voting have only been reduced recently, but already I have experienced expedited closure for off-topic questions, and I can say it's already an improvement. Much better ...
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Can we stop voting to close word request questions as opinion based?

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 ...
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5 votes

3-vote close - how's it going?

I have always held reservations about lowering the number of close votes to three. My principle fear being that one or more reviewers would cast their votes in autopilot mode. This would mean ...
Mari-Lou A's user avatar
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Close vote reason display issue

The related questions on Meta.StackExchange and SO Meta already have a status-completed tag. It does appear that completion does not include actually deploying the fix, though.
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