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.


Everybody can see closed 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 (2) on your own question, where 2 should be the number of "currently active close votes". When that number reaches 5 (or 3 for Stack Overflow), your question is 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. 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. 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. Aug 8 '17 at 7:53

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