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Aggressively closing duplicate questions

I think the vote to close could be bit better.

I know people (me included) can be too lazy to ask questions that should not have been asked because they are duplicate or something else.

At the same time I think people can be too lazy when closing the questions. I don't think this scenario is uncommon. One user comes along and finds a question that he thinks should be closed. The next user sees the question and sees that someone has voted to close, so he does the same thing without thinking too much about it, and soon the question is closed.

Perhaps discussion about it before a question should be closed is too much, but I believe that it should be more difficult to close a question that already have multiple answers and views.

Perhaps giving the user you asked the question a second change to be edit the question.

At a minimum I think you should be required to leave a comment when closing a question, perhaps not all 5 users, perhaps only the first 2.

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marked as duplicate by Ladybug Killer, jmfsg, John Rudy, squillman, dmckee Mar 11 '10 at 20:19

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this is my comment: asfhsdifhsdifhsidfhsdifhsdifhdsifd –  jmfsg Mar 11 '10 at 19:50
    
This is a dupe. Because I'm too lazy I just close as too localized. –  Ladybug Killer Mar 11 '10 at 19:53
    
meta.stackexchange.com/questions/8578 –  jmfsg Mar 11 '10 at 19:54
    
@Dow: Why do you do that? –  Ladybug Killer Mar 11 '10 at 20:10
    
capped and bored @john –  jmfsg Mar 11 '10 at 20:13

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Perhaps giving the user you asked the question a second change to be edit the question.

They already have that. The question can be editing even after it is closed, and could in fact be edited to the point where it should be re-opened.

At a minimum I think you should be required to leave a comment when closing a question, perhaps not all 5 users, perhaps only the first 2.

There's a reason why every time this comes up it gets shot down. That reason is Downvoter's comment on your question. :)

If anything, closing duplicates isn't easy enough. It takes 5 people, many of whom may not notice the four close votes on something that is blatantly a dupe. Additionally, we only get 12 close votes per day across all the closure reasons. This conspires to make us selective about what we close.

My advice to you is that if you feel your question was unfairly closed (for whatever reason), edit it to point out why it was unfairly closed. That'll bump it and get you some exposure for getting it reopened.

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I'm upvoting this even though user0x36E0 is chasing me for the next 10k spot. That's how much I agree with it. –  Ether Mar 11 '10 at 23:00

I'm glad to see there are more people that feel the same way I do about removing the ability of moderators to close questions. It's about time more people spoke up about the question-suppressors. You know how many of my questions have been closed for being a duplicated when they're nothing like the original question? In my opinion, this is just another way for the establishment of moderators to step on the small guys so they don't gain rep.

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You know how many of my questions have been closed for being a duplicated when they're nothing like the original question? - Yes, because I just looked. The answer is 0. –  mmyers Mar 11 '10 at 20:05
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I think you mean rep, we don't do exp here, we haven't made the D&D conversion yet. –  Lance Roberts Mar 11 '10 at 20:06
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You're right, we just live to crush the souls of those who weren't enlightened enough to join early. Oy. Or you could, y'know, not ask duplicate questions. Your question's already answered, it's faster to find the original and get your answer than it is to ask the question, wait, and hope someone comes along with the right one. Me? I'm glad if I ask a dupe and someone closes it as such -- in fact, once the dupe's identified, I usually cast one of the close votes myself! –  John Rudy Mar 11 '10 at 20:09
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Dang, every time my rep gets to a nice round number I have to -1 you... If you are so completely against how the sites work, why do you continue? A pox on those who trigger my OCD! –  squillman Mar 11 '10 at 20:11
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@user0x36E0: I just realized that my user id is lower than yours. I'm afraid I'm going to have to step on you. –  mmyers Mar 11 '10 at 20:15
    
@mmy, I'll step on all of you if I have to –  jmfsg Mar 11 '10 at 20:18
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@mmyers: You know what? I crush your head! Crush! Crush! –  John Rudy Mar 11 '10 at 21:09
    
@Evan, you must really like those ads. –  Lance Roberts Mar 11 '10 at 21:50

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