Let's say that there is a question asked in a bad manner, in a way that the question is missing. For example the user shows the code and doesn't explain very well which is the problem.

Usually someone starts digging in the OP mind posting comments and asking him for details. It may happen that the question gets edited and the OP edits it to a valid question.

Do you usually give the OP time to edit the question or you immediately vote to close it?

  • depends on question .. but i think we should comment and ask to clear question than close .. imho Commented Jan 7, 2013 at 18:40
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    Keep in mind that closing is not deleting, and is also reversible. Being closed means that it can't be answered in it's current form but can be reopened should that change. It's on when a question is deleted that the site is saying, "this is unsalvageable, we have no expectation of this being fixed and answered" (even though deletions can also be reversed).
    – Servy
    Commented Jan 7, 2013 at 18:46

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When I sense a good question buried within a vague wording, I for one try to get it closed as soon as possible.

Thing is, vague wording is a road to closure anyway but while open, it can attract irrelevant answers which will make it difficult (as explained here) to further edit the question into the shape allowing to repel garbage answers and reopen it.

As you can see, fast closure here serves the primary need to make reopening easier and protect the poorly worded good question from getting bad answers.


It really depends on the question. If it's a question terrible enough that no amount of editing is going to make it appropriate, I will vote to close immediately. On rare occasions this happens within the first minute of a question being asked.

More often than not however I ask the OP to address the problems I see and I will revisit the question. If after a reasonable amount of time there has been no response (a couple of minutes most often, or sometimes I wait for some user activity), I do vote to close. And I don't hesitate doing so. Voting to close does after all not mean that the question is dead. And it has the added bonus of protecting users from answering a question which might end up being a moving target when edited.


It really depends on the situation. How the "question" was asked, how much effort was put into it (spelling, formatting, etc...).

A big consideration, for me is how "new" the user is to the site. If this is a users first post, I'll usually put off the vote to see how engaged they are with the site and how they respond to comments suggesting how to improve the post.

Of course if it's a users first post, and it is off topic, and the only thing to comment on is the fact that the question is off topic, I'll vote immediately.

If I'm dealing with a user that already has a couple of posts on the site, I'll vote now and ask questions later.

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    This question is about close votes, not up/down votes. Not sure if your statements apply to both or not.
    – Servy
    Commented Jan 7, 2013 at 18:47
  • @ser - you are right. I did write it about down/upvotes... But I still feel the same applies.
    – Lix
    Commented Jan 7, 2013 at 18:48
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    The newness of the user does not really affect the fact that a question is good or bad. Commented Dec 10, 2013 at 22:14
  • It is a consideration to be taken. A new user might not have understood the way we operate here - the things we require for a good post. I did not say new_user === bad_question. I'm saying that it needs to be taken in to consideration.
    – Lix
    Commented Dec 11, 2013 at 8:21

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