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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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Yes, you need at least 250 reputation to see and cast close/reopen votes on your own questions and at least 3000 reputation to do so on any question. This is a screenshot I took of one of my questions on a site where I have less than 250 reputation: New users can still cause their own questions to be sent to the reopen queue by making a good edit to ...


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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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TL;DR I doubt your question will be re-opened. The bottom-line reason is that the question is unlikely to occur to anyone else, and any answers won’t provide insight about English as a language. Let me explain that in a bit more detail. The place to start is to understand that our mission on the StackExchange network is to build a vast and long-lasting ...


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The new question is an exact duplicate of How do I pluralize a name ending in “y”? If you think a more thorough answer is warranted then by all means, write one for the old question. Or if you think one is needed but don't know enough to write one yourself (or lack the time), then a bounty can be started on the old question.


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This question was correctly closed as off-topic and should not be re-opened. It has nothing to do with English language or usage: the same problem exists if you're writing in Spanish. However, Stack Exchange does have a site where this kind of question would be on-topic: Writing.SE. The site's Help Centre says that "Questions about specialized writing ...


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As Chappo answered, it's not a question for ELU: it's not about English. But as asked, it's not for Writers either: it's a question about how to get MS Word to behave sensibly. Writers' questions about formatting of footnotes refer to how to format the citation itself (in MLA format, for example). Questions about how to get MS Word to behave sensibly are off-...


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In general, I agree that there is not a great "reverse dictionary" easily available for researching this kind of question, so "lack of research" isn't necessarily a great close reason. I do think it's still very helpful when OPs with this sort of question include information like "I thought of X and looked at its synonyms, but none of those match" or "I ...


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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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I thought it was a great question, and had already voted to reopen. Note that, with your rep, you are also allowed to vote to reopen. You're not listed as one of the people who reopened it. Unfortunately it has attracted a further two votes-to-close.


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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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Considerations: [Note: In the time that I've been gone, the question has actually been reopened so much of the foregoing might not make as much sense as I would have wanted it to have when I wrote the bulk of it, but I still think it is worth consideration.] The entire body of the question is a single-word-request. No answers are valid responses to those. ...


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It is an easy inference to think that if a question is easily answered by google that it is off-topic by 'general reference' or 'Please do you research first' close reasons. And that holds for many questions, but I think it is naive to assume it for all. There may not be good answers out there (I'm looking at you, Urban Dictionary), and that is what ELU is ...


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All the votes to close were "send it to ELL", but I can't see if it actually went and was rejected (which would certainly end up closed as off-topic), or if it was closed before that path was available (which would simply have closed it). – Andrew Leach♦ Now reopened.


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Stack Exchange actively discourages requests for help remembering something you have forgotten, or any other request for guesses or ideas, as opposed to answers. This is because Stack Exchange is developing the exhaustive list of correct answers to questions future visitors will need answered. Suppose a person asks “what is the word that I am trying to ...


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A completed review in the reöpen queue does nothing to remove current reöpen votes if there are any, nor to prevent new ones from appearing. Those reöpen votes must therefore exist because two members voted to reöpen that question. The reöpen review queue will be unrelated to those votes.


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I think it should be re-opened. It's not a great question, but leaving it closed is pointless, and I agree with what Mitch said in a comment: closure should be made a temporary status as often as possible. Functionally, closure acts to prevent anyone from answering a question, and enables deletion. The "closed" status shouldn't be used as an eternal badge ...


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The question is not a duplicate for that reason, but it does not show the questioner's attempt at research, and more importantly to me it may even be General Reference, so I do not think the community should cast votes to reopen it. In my general reference check, the first thing I thought to check is master degree plural possessive and I found the Johns ...


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I can fugure out the meaning literally but I don't think that's what it really means. This sentence in the question could be taken to mean that the question is a song/poetry interpretation question, which is off-topic, and which would mean it would be appropriate to close it as primarily opinion based. Even if you think it isn't a poetry interpretation ...


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In addition to @Laurel's answer, here's what it looks like when you can close/reopen questions:


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I would think the principle reason for leaving answered and accepted questions open is because it allows users to submit new information, new suggestions, and new answers. It seems to me that 14 answers is a pretty exhaustive list, the accepted answer itself contains a list of fourteen words! Five out of the fourteen posts have been deleted by mods / the ...


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