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I'm looking at closed questions by moderators that nominate at current election, and I feel like 70% of question the closed are usual questions, with no real reason to close them.

I have checked more then 100 last closed question. I could share the links, but do not want to do this work again to collect them. I think you might have better tools to analyze this.

Could you do something with this.

The last closed question Passing data from one Form to another

I'm choosing this just because the link was in my clipboard because I have used it during discussion on election page.

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closed as not constructive by BoltClock's a Unicorn Feb 28 '13 at 9:01

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Please show at least some of the questions you feel were unjustly closed. Nothing automated can judge that. –  Mat Feb 28 '13 at 7:58
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To gain rep? Closing doesn't award you reputation. –  Yannis Feb 28 '13 at 7:58
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70%? Really? What would we have to gain from that? As a moderator candidate, we know our recent history is being watched. Why would we risk our campaign by casting false close votes? That truly doesn't make any sense. –  animuson Feb 28 '13 at 7:59
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All actions (by non-moderators) are subject to community review and usually require several other participants. The last thing a candidate would want is to have a host of recent, disputed flags; nor would they want good, popular questions closed with their name attached. Adding to that, I've seen the work of nearly all the candidates and they are decent, honest people who care about the quality of the site. They're the ones who are willing to commit a large amount of time to stopping such practices. –  Tim Medora Feb 28 '13 at 8:01
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Closure doesn't award you anything. Only the satisfaction that you helped keep the signal to noise ratio high. –  Yannis Feb 28 '13 at 8:02
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I see no issue with that closure. "There is an error" with no error message is completely useless. Also note that some of those close votes could have been cast on the first revision of the post which is anything but clear. –  Mat Feb 28 '13 at 8:14
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@AlexBurtsev Lots of people use Stack Overflow in that way. It is in fact set up largely to be used that way. And there are some great reasons why it is so effective for those people. They come here, rather than Yahoo! Answers or ExpertSexChange (sic) for many reasons. I'll leave those reasons up for the reader's imagination, because I'm positive you will disagree with me on them. –  Andrew Barber Feb 28 '13 at 8:29
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Of course they come here from Google... where else would they come here by? The efforts put in by the dev team on SEO, and the quality of the content, have caused SO to be a very high result on so many Google searches. That's all part of the plan. As for the search engine; there are posts here about that, if you are interested. Or not; up to you! –  Andrew Barber Feb 28 '13 at 8:37
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"I feel like 70% of question the closed are usual questions, with no real reason to close them." Did you know 90% of statistics are made up on the spot? =oP –  cryptic ツ Feb 28 '13 at 8:48
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Related: i.stack.imgur.com/AhFg8.png –  PeeHaa Feb 28 '13 at 8:50
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This is hilarious, because it makes no sense whatsoever. –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Feb 28 '13 at 9:01
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@BoltClock'saUnicorn Actually, I'm 90% sure he's talking about candidates; he just worded that clumsily. He was in Flexo's nomination saying we both close questions that shouldn't be, and the example he used here is the one he used there (one I voted to close) –  Andrew Barber Feb 28 '13 at 9:09
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The fact is the question was closed with 3 answers, one accepted with 4 upvotes now, and another one from one of the users who also voted to close it, which seems somehow an incoherent behavior. So how can that question be "not a real question"? It doesn't make much sense, to me at least. I've seen many questions closed with no valid reason in my opinion, in the 5 months or so of being a registered user. By no means I suggest moderators or candidates are closing questions with a hidden purpose, but the actual closing process can generate all kind of conclusions. –  Felipe Alameda A Feb 28 '13 at 9:17
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@faa Basically, the answers to that question were guesses. They were good guesses, granted; but when I voted, I honestly had no clue what the question was asking. At all. (and I know that technology - though no knowledge of it was needed to be confused about what the question was actually asking). Regardless: other people can reopen it, if need be. –  Andrew Barber Feb 28 '13 at 9:20
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I don't know what they gain (I'm not very intereseted how this works) Flag, Rep, Stars, Diamonds, I don't care. If you don't care enough to learn what you're talking about, don't whine on Meta about it. –  Ben Brocka Feb 28 '13 at 12:35

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Since you were 'discussing' this topic with me under Flexo's nomination, and I am a candidate, I can only assume you mean I am among those you are speaking of, here. If I am wrong about my assumption, I'll be happy to acknowledge that fact...

But your claim is wrong, and slightly offensive.

I vote to close (and flag) because I believe the things I am voting/flagging on deserve it. I get no rep from it. You can examine my history if you like, and you will find that I certainly have not been 'suddenly' voting to close and flagging things. I've been doing it for a long time, because I want to do it.

I've run for moderator two times before this, and after each time, I continue flagging and voting just as I did before.

I see no reason whatsoever to think any of the other candidates would think and act any differently than I have described myself, here.

Clearly, you disagree with the closings/flaggings. That's your right. However, I strongly disagree with you about that topic, in general.

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I have no right to disagree about closing. The Question is closed, I can;t do anything about it, I can't vote for reopen, nor I can vote for unti-close. –  Alex Burtsev Feb 28 '13 at 8:09
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@AlexBurtsev You only need 305 rep more to be able to vote to re-open. –  Yannis Feb 28 '13 at 8:10
    
@Yannis I see no option for voting to reopen on this question. –  Alex Burtsev Feb 28 '13 at 8:14
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@Alex Burtsev: you can do something about it. You can flag and explain why you think the question was wrongly closed/deserves re-opening. (And the mod nominees don't see the flags, so you're safe from whatever devious plot they might be running.) –  Mat Feb 28 '13 at 8:17
    
Ahh, I have missed the MORE word. –  Alex Burtsev Feb 28 '13 at 8:17
    
+1, which gives you another gold badge :D –  Doorknob 冰 Aug 12 '13 at 11:21
    
@Doorknob Awww - Yeah!!! –  Andrew Barber Aug 12 '13 at 13:05

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