What is an equivalent of I just crossed the 3K threshold! Any tips for responsibly wielding this power? for Area 51?

  • I think like everywhere else you should err on the side of leaving something open. If it's not strictly against the FAQ (offensive, duplicate, etc) leave it to the Double D's to close. – C. Ross Jul 8 '10 at 12:08
  • And BTW you are not 3k yet on '51, you're exactly 1,956 at this second. – rlb.usa Jul 8 '10 at 17:42
  • @rlb you only need 2k, see the faq :) – Gordon Gustafson Jul 8 '10 at 20:26
  • I'm flagging to close this question as off-topic because it's no longer possible for community members to vote to close Area 51 proposals; as of a few years ago, only moderators can close proposals. – Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog Apr 3 '18 at 3:52

Whenever I close a proposal (particularly duplicates), sometimes I take a wait-and-see approach. There might be a good reason to have a duplicate proposal. Perhaps there is a unique aspect to the proposal that the author wishes to pursue. That doesn't mean I have to agree with him. Those cases are usually decided by the (lack of) support by the community.

Maybe the author is better suited to launching a successful campaign: If the author is some world-class maven in [subject] who wrote a better proposal, asks better questions, rallies more support, blogs about it enthusiastically, and it takes off. Proposals that look the same aren't necessarily equal. So I give it a bit of a chance to see where it goes.

But I stay on top of it and check back often. Sometimes a duplicate proposal was placed inadvertently (the search didn't bring up the duplicate). In those cases, the author is usually more than happy to support the other proposal. If nothing special happens with the proposal I'm watching, there's no use in splitting up the subject, so I close it.

I usually leave a comment indicating that the author may follow up with a reason they placed the apparently-errant proposal.


It should be pretty obvious what kind of proposals need to be closed, like obvious duplicates or completely ridiculous joke proposals. The only grey area here is that what might seem to you like a spurious proposal might not actually be so, so I'd at least leave a comment on what might look like a dubious case to check and make 100% sure before throwing your weight around.

  • Now why do you have to drag Welbog into everything that you consider ridiculous? A lot of people backed at least one of his proposal, many thinking it would be condoned since it was allowed to live so long. It was addressed. Move along ... move along ... – Tim Post Jul 8 '10 at 10:58
  • OK I deleted that. – delete Jul 8 '10 at 11:06

My advice is to do your reading. Since you have 3k obviously you've been eating your wheaties, but it's always best to keep in touch with what Meta's been talking about, especially in those touchy areas:

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