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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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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 100 posts, almost all answers. On other sites I have two moderator diamonds and 335k network reputation.) Asking a question on ELU is a daunting prospect. I ...


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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 it's an improvement. Much better user experience from a moderation perspective.


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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 questions would be closed far too early, even before the author had any idea their post was at risk of closure. Well for now that doesn't appear to be happening. I'm ...


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My observation is that low-quality questions are now closed more quickly, while questions that have some substance to them tend not to be significantly affected. With reopen votes also reduced, it's easier to correct any over-enthusiastic closures. I haven't noticed any close/reopen wars, but consider checking the number of questions that have been toggled ...


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The actual question Are there any instances of this particular phrase in technical publications or communication from international tech corporations? is on topic, in my opinion. I've re-opened the question.


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I'm a keen SE reviewer, and I have certainly noticed the difference on EL&U in the elimination of massive close queues. But there's an outcome that seems to have received little attention: fewer bad questions getting answers. It's an unfortunate fact that a number of users, even some with high rep, will leap to answer a question but ignore its obvious ...


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Some of you may have noticed the Meta Stack Exchange post - Testing three-vote close and reopen on 13 network sites (it's linked in the featured on meta sidebar) - we've finally got this project under way and English Language & Usage is one of the sites we'll be running the test on. Starting tomorrow, I'll be changing the site setting and closing and ...


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I've written extensively on the question's chat page about why I don't think this question is good or useful for the site. Here's the upshot: "what's wrong with the phrase x" would be a good question for english.SE; "what are some alternatives to x" would be a good question (and already exists), even "is the phrase x in widespread ...


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I for one will be very ready on shortened reopen tools. Note that that tool page looks at all possible reopens, not just those that are on the most recent queue (notice the different UI). Also, it allows you to look at the delete queue (and undelete queue). Use the tools that are available! (but also don't abuse the tools) Just because there is a button to ...


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