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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 that is needed are five users with at least 3,000 rep. Just five people out of hundreds or maybe thousands of regular users. Users can cast up to 24 votes per ...


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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 that some new contributors' questions may seem to have been treated harshly, but getting "Not here" or "Not enough information" feedback ...


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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 questions, and interesting on-topic questions. The site benefits tremendously from removing the uninteresting off-topic questions as quickly as it can—and ...


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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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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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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 to be to prevent the questions that do not belong to this site from being answered on it. When the concept of closing was built into the framework of the Stack ...


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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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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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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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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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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 length. This will prevent some of those from ever getting in the queue. I began focusing more on cleaning that answering when I noticed that google hits on ...


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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 to it—and I can't imagine that any other EL&U participant would object to it either. The problem is that EL&U's built-in options for voting to close a ...


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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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