Questions tagged [vote-to-close]

Voting to Close is the process by which users can vote to close a question. You gain the ability to cast close votes when you reach 3,000 Reputation on graduated sites, and a lesser amount is needed on beta sites.

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Is there any etiquette for moderators when closing a question? [closed]

If a moderator force-closes a question, is there any etiquette that they should say something rather than just jump in and close it? I had an unusual case where a moderator commented (more than once) ...
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So you're saying that multiple close votes from users can total up to one?

I know this is an extremely small grammar problem, and that it is rather pointless to fix it, but when a question has 4 close votes and you hover your mouse over the "close" button for about half a ...
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Tighten vote-to-close conditions for high-score questions [duplicate]

I've seen some questions with score 5+ on the verge of getting closed and sometimes I thought "Mmmh that's a shame". I know I can vote to re-open but perhaps we don't have to go through that. Surely ...
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Close voters can be seen by those without the privilege to do so [duplicate]

This is what I see from my account (which has the close vote privilege): It says "Viewable by the post author and users with the close/reopen votes privilege," yet this is not true. Here is ...
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Now that specific off-topic reasons are no longer displayed in the post, how about an auto-comment with the specific off-topic reason?

Fact 1 A custom off-topic reason generates an auto-comment with the reason for the close vote. Fact 2 Specific off-topic close reasons are no longer displayed in the post itself, unless you are the ...
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Can my duplicate close vote be binding when I cast it on my own question [duplicate]

Today I closed a question I asked on MSO, because it was a duplicate. I voted to close, and was then served with this nice pop-up: That asks if it answers my question. Ofcourse it does, it was me ...
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Make radio buttons disappear in close dialog if I have an active close vote on a question [duplicate]

Note: This feature-request has been posted as an answer to the announcement of the close UI changes. Earlier when I used to cast a close vote, the dialog would look like this: That is, the radio ...
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Can I retract a close vote after the question is closed?

I recently came across a problem that I was unable to solve. By accident I voted to close a question. The vote was intended for a different question. It's not something that happens often, but in ...
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What is the recommended way to handle questions that are duplicates of questions in a different SE site? [duplicate]

If you have an SO question A that is a duplicate of question B on SO, it should be closed as such. However, what if question B lives not on SO but on, say, vi.SE? As far as I know there is no option ...
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How can we recommend new question close flags? For example: “can't answer because didn't provide code” on Stack Overflow [closed]

I've been contributing a bit lately to Stack Overflow and I have noticed an extremely common trend for new users to post questions explaining their problem, but not providing any code. Things like: ...
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Comment notifications for close voters: regression from 2018?

According the the comment reply FAQ, it's possible to @-notify close voters in a very particular set of circumstances: For questions: The moderator or gold badge holder who closed or reopened the ...
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The close vote dialog should give an option to close without leaving a comment (like the review deletion dialog) [duplicate]

When deleting from the review queue, it's perfectly possible to do so without leaving a form comment: Add a comment for the author? Leaving a comment is optional, but can help the author learn ...
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What happens when a question in the Close Votes review queue is self-deleted (and undeleted)?

I had flagged this now-deleted question on Stack Apps because it appeared to be a duplicate of this question by the same author. The author has now removed their own 'duplicate' question, but my flag ...
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How can I close my own bad question after putting a bounty on it?

I asked a question about a problem that can not be reproduced. I was assuming a database state that was not correct (a query on a table that does not exist). It's fine if the points are gone, but I ...
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New hiding close-voted posts feature suggestion

In the 2020 community roadmap, it refers to a new feature for hiding posts that have a close vote: We are making fundamental changes to how our close question system works so that it’s a friendlier ...
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New close/reopen privilege explanation for users who earn it for the first time

Earlier this afternoon we released a new feature aimed at educating folks about the "Cast close and reopen votes" privilege when they earn it. Going forward, when a user visits a question after ...
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The newer close reasons don't account for questions that are too general and require lengthy answers

There are some questions that are incredibly broad. These used to be closed under the "too broad" reason, but that went away. These questions now fall right between two of the new categories: Needs ...
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Close Vote Regeneration [duplicate]

When I vote to close a question, there's a message saying that I have X votes left. I assume those regenerate after some time? What are the rules on that? Is it different for different sites across ...
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Closing 'own' question leaves a nonsensical comment

(Comment link; it was not auto-deleted as suggested in a comment) Notice the color of the username's background. It is the question asker. When closing own question, the new auto-comment does not ...
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Why are “approving a pending duplicate vote” and “casting a close-as-duplicate vote” different actions when done by the asker?

When a question is flagged/close-voted as duplicate by other users, the question asker has the possibility to unilaterally approve this vote and have the question closed. If this happens, the last ...
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Why don't off-topic close notices indicate which specific users voted for specific off-topic canned reasons anymore?

In the old notices, on questions closed as off-topic, the notice would not only indicate all of the close voters who closed the question, but also the specific users who voted for specific canned ...
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Why was the Community/Moderator hammer used on this question? [closed]

So there's this question How to stop Visual Studio (2019) from adding line on the end of file?, which clearly had some problems, but with patience and effort I was able to work through it in the ...
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Are there special guidelines for moderating exceptionally old questions?

This question pertains to a very old and fairly insignificant question of my own from nearly a decade ago. Is Stack Overflow an appropriate place for DotNetNuke questions? The question was recently ...
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Description of the “Flag as duplicate” doesn't match official staff reply

I know I'm not the only person noticing inconsistencies in the description since it started Should we change the description of "Duplicate of"? Duplicate explanation should encourage ...
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What is the process for having a site's close threshold lowered?

Stack Overflow now has a 3 close vote threshold We’re lowering the close/reopen vote threshold on Stack Overflow from 5 to 3. Shog9 then made this comment Other sites can have whatever ...
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Say in the Help Center that casting the first “close as duplicate” vote triggers an automatic comment with the close-voter's name

When a user casts the first "close as duplicate" vote on a question, an automatic comment saying "Does this answer your question? [duplicate-link]" is posted with the name of the close-voting user ...
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May a diamond moderator utilize a second, non-diamond account e.g. to cast regular close votes?

This question is prompted by: Add a way for moderators to cast a normal, non binding close/open vote and Do moderators not have a way to just push a post into the close queue?. Basically, some ...
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The case of eternal close votes [duplicate]

According to this meta post from 2015, changes were made so that all close votes age away after 14 days, and your ability to cast a close vote on a question you already voted to close resets 14 days ...
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Close and re-open votes, are they working properly? [duplicate]

I have 349 rep and the system will let me vote to re-open a question although I saw somewhere else on Meta Stack Exchange that you need 3,000 rep to be able to cast close/re-open votes. It says I have ...
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There's no server side check for Close Vote reviewing your own question

As many of you know, you'll never get one of your own posts in the Close Votes review queue. This is by design - of course you would vote to leave your own question open. However, if you have 10k ...
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See upvote/downvote counts before being able to cast close votes on Beta sites

As per this question, on "Launched" sites, the privilege to see upvote/downvote counts is awarded at 1000 reputation, while casting close/reopen votes is awarded at 3000 reputation. On Beta sites (...
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Names of close-voters are not visible in the post notice but in the revision history and timeline

I am not a user with close/reopen votes privileges on Travel Stack Exchange, therefore I can't see the names of the close voters in this question: However, they are visible when going to the revision ...
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Voting to close my own question confusingly acts as if I'm not me

When my vote to close my own question as duplicate was registered as a simple vote, I was a bit surprised, as I thought it'd immediately close for my own given reason, but the question of whether a ...
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New duplicate automatic comment makes literally zero sense when voting to close as a duplicate of an unanswered question

A few days ago, the automatic comment when voting to close a question as a duplicate was changed from: Possible duplicate of [x] to: Does this answer your question? [x] While some people may ...
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Should we close old Winter Bash questions?

I see a few questions in the Close Votes review queue here on Meta Stack Exchange for specific questions about the challenges and rewards of Winter Bashes gone by. Some people are voting to close them ...
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How does the system determine which one close reason should be displayed on a closed question, given the close votes?

When voting to close a question, it's possible for users to vote for any close reason, even if others have voted for different reasons. However, in the end, once the question reaches five close votes ...
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When to close a bug report as no longer reproducible?

See User profile pages broken. It is a bug report from 2017. At one point it was closed after being marked status-completed for the reason: The problem described here can no longer be reproduced. ...
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I shouldn't be able to vote to leave open after I voted to close

(This seems like something someone would have noted already, but a cursory search here did not find any such report.) I had a tab open with the close review queue for a specific question. For ...
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Possibility to object to closing? [duplicate]

After a question get closed, it can be reopened after it was substantially enhanced. But it may be substantially enhanced while it has one or more close votes, but not closed yet. I think it should ...
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Why close the question about changed user names?

I don't understand why the question about how many user names have been changed to support Monica was closed. The reason given was that the question did not appear to be about the technology used to ...
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A Question on Bounty Hunters [closed]

I have over the years had many questions on Math Overflow and Latex and some on Christianity, and there have been few problems. Why is it that now on History, Philosophy and English Language & ...
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Question can't be duplicate of unclear question [duplicate]

If a question A is closed as unclear, it means that it is unknown what the asker meant. (Otherwise the question would have been edited rather than closed.) If some question B is unclear (also if it's ...
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Show answers in close queue

I think the new "Lifejacket" and "Lifeboat" badges are great, as they reward people who can figure out good answers to poorly phrased questions, as well as helping make the community more welcoming. ...
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Gold badge holder(s) in “Discussion” closing/opening post(s) on meta as duplicate

I have just seen a post closed as a duplicate by someone who has the dupe hammer powers due to having a gold badge in the discussion tag. This hits me as an unintended outcome, as no one can be a ...
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Do I regain reputation from voting to close my own massively downvoted question?

I have a massively downvoted question with no answers and already has 2 votes to close. Does closing or deleting both refund my reputations lost?
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VTC comment exists after migration when it shouldn't

Based on the response to Migrating a question deleted a comment, comments regarding migration should be removed after migrating. The following post contains a situation where the comment was not ...
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What to do when a question is close-worthy for a different reason? [duplicate]

Suppose I'm reviewing a question which has been edited after being closed. Significant changes have been made, and the result does not fit the original reason for closing the question. However, IMO it ...
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Replace “You already voted to close …” after retracting vote

After retracting a close vote, the close dialog says You have already voted to close this question. But this statement is false as we retracted our vote, we are no longer able to vote again and our ...
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Does Stack Exchange need do-not-close votes? [duplicate]

I've come across different questions at different networks that get closed, the reopened, then closed again... It's often about questions that represent an edge-case for what's on/off-topic on the ...
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Change the official criterion for downvoting to exclude causes for closing

At the moment, it is suggested to users that they should downvote if This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful This is a pretty lax criterion. Also, it overlaps ...

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