I read questions the following two questions but still unclear about Close Votes queue on old questions.

What are the guidelines for reviewing?


Should I vote to close old questions?

I have stumble unto old questions that have lack of minimal understand as reason to close. I understand that it has been removed as described in the following question: Is "lack of minimal understanding" an off-topic reason or not, now? Mixed messages

What I'm not sure on is: If question still fails to meet current criteria can I mark it with obsolete close reasons or need to choose current valid reason?

Example of question:

Query with Join condition

  • Do you have a specific question in mind that prompted your question about it here? – Jason C Apr 7 '14 at 20:39
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    @JasonC I added example – Vladimir Oselsky Apr 7 '14 at 20:44
  • I noticed you voted as "typographical error"; that seems valid. If you disagree with an old close reason and the flag is old and question is not closed yet, you can simply not vote to close - if it truly should remain open, it will. Conversely, if you see an old closed question where the close reason is not valid (and a new close reason doesn't apply) you can vote to reopen - if it truly should be reopened, it will be. If you strongly disagree you can give it a custom flag, but questions that are likely to be closed for the new reasons anyways aren't really worth touching. – Jason C Apr 7 '14 at 21:05
  • Point being: Use valid close reasons, use them only if they apply, vote as per current rules. The rest will generally take care of working itself out. – Jason C Apr 7 '14 at 21:05

You need to choose a current valid close reason. Obsolete close reasons have justifications for their removal, and they should no longer be used.

"Lack of Minimal Understanding" was not a bad close reason, but people were constantly co-opting it for "lack of minimal effort," which was never a valid close reason.

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