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I think I had this clear, but it seems I don't. I had the idea that closed questions can not be searched on Google, and can only be seen by the users of a given site with more than 250 reputation.

Who can see closed questions? Can anyone see these questions from Google? If so, what is the point of having a 250 reputation threshold?

Note: this is not about what/when/how to close a question (as the post linked). It's about viewing closed questions.

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Everybody can see closed questions and on-hold questions (before they are deleted), but only people with at least 10,000 reputation and ♦ moderators can see deleted questions. (Or the owner of such deleted question or one of the answers.)

The view close votes is not "seeing closed questions*. People with at least 3,000 rep can vote to close your own question. With at least 250 reputation, you can see something like close (3) on your own question, where 3 should be the number of "currently active close votes". When that number reaches 5, your question is put on hold for 5 days before the status changes to "closed".

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    We can see spam, it's just one click away. Saying 10k or mods can't see spam is wrong. – ShaWiz Aug 8 '17 at 7:46
  • @ShadowWizard I'm not sure if I can see the Q when I have an answer on a deleted question. – iBug Aug 8 '17 at 7:49
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    Spam: yes, it's just hidden behind a warning message but it links to the revisions where you can see it all. Having deleted answer: yes, it's pretty recent change (maybe year or so), owners of answers on deleted question can see their answer and the question, not the other answers. – ShaWiz Aug 8 '17 at 7:53

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