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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Can we have the ability to retract a close vote before it closes?

Sometimes you vote to close something and the OP then changes it to fix the issue or issues. You can't take a close vote back though. It would be nice if you could. With the new Duplicate close ...
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More options when flagging for migration

I think there should be more Stack Exchange networks available when flagging a question to be migrated. For example I'd think that the following question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/6452890/...
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Should I vote to close a duplicate question, even though it's much newer, and has more up to date answers?

I have seen this many times, a question is being asked because a previous, duplicate question was asked and answered a few years ago and has no longer relevant answers. The recommendation is to edit ...
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Huge close votes review queue on Stack Overflow [closed]

Today, the size of the close-votes queue is 55k questions and growing. Is that a problem? Which action could be taken to clean it up? It seems to be growing faster than Stack Overflow members ...
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How about a “Vote not to close” option to counter the “Vote to close”?

My request is simple: Many times, there will be a question where some people feel like it should be closed. At the same time, I'll feel like it's a perfectly legit question, and it should therefore ...
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Changes to “close as duplicate” (part deux)

I feel like we got off on the wrong foot. Due to me being an idiot miscommunication, a partial change snuck out early, and even though we announced it we didn't really explain why we made the change. ...
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Increase close vote weight for gold tag badge holders

In order to increase the efficiency with which poor quality questions are closed, it could make sense to have weighted close votes for a small subset of qualified users. A very good way to measure ...
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Off topic questions and redirect to affiliated sites [duplicate]

When someone votes to close an off topic question, Stack Overflow shows a list of five affiliated sites that could be appropriate for that question, namely: Meta Stack Overflow Server Fault Super ...
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Age close votes after 14 days, regardless of views, allowing recasting

I've been putting this off for a long time... Close vote aging - the deactivation of votes that haven't resulted in a question being closed - is a critical part of the vote-to-close system, but has ...
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Migrate to *any* site?

Wouldn't it be a good idea to be able to vote for questions to be moved to any Stack Exchange site? For example, I just voted this question as off topic, but that was all I could do. I wish I could've ...
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How can we close questions with bounties?

I just encountered this question, which is very cute and funny and has nothing to do with programming. I tried voting to close, but was informed by the system that I can't do that when there's a ...
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How soon should I “vote to close”?

Since it's currently impossible to delete a "vote to close",* when I see a poorly asked question, should I immediately vote to close, or should I comment, and give the OP a chance to improve his ...
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Distinguish close votes by reason

Even though a question may be closed by receiving 5 close votes, the votes do not necessarily need to agree. I think this is a good behavior, but recently I voted to close a question for being an ...
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New UI encourages askers to confirm or dispute duplicate votes

As of the 9th of March, the banner shown to askers whose questions have attracted at least one duplicate close vote has a couple of new options: If the author clicks the first button, they're shown a ...
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What Happened Here? Voted to Close 4 Days Ago, but No Close Votes Today? [duplicate]

Today I saw "Test to see if User/Pass entered for a WebService are correct or not", realized it was a duplicate and voted to close it. I then saw in the comments that I had voted to close it four ...
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Closing Etiquette: Why Do Some Answer *and* Close?

I've noticed quite a few cases (here's a recent one) where people not only vote to close a question, but then also answer said question. At best this is just silly, and at worst it is totally ...
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Capitalize “possible” in the automatically inserted comments when you vote to close as a dupe

The comment reads: possible duplicate of [link] The missing capitalization bothers me a lot; it should be Possible.
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How do close votes age away?

The help center states, Close votes age away harmlessly if the threshold is not reach after a number of days. If the question has at least 100 views, close votes will age away after 4 days; ...
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Changes to “close as duplicate”

As you may have noticed, Jarrod's been hacking away at some design changes to the "close as duplicate" UI. These are the first fruits of some discussions we've been having internally regarding the "...
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What exactly happens with the button “Leave Open” (previously “Do Not Close”)?

I've noticed and used the new (at least for me) button Leave Open, but I can't find any explanation as to the implication of clicking it. I've found a highly voted status-declined question: How ...
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Daily close votes queue limit [closed]

This question is related to this (jan23), this (mar 12) and many others; with the difference that close queue on SO today is 20k longer = 74k. I read & understand about the fear for robot-...
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Close vote review audit flawed - fails without casting vote

Having just failed my first review audit from any of the queues, it was reviewing close votes; however, this audit was flawed in that I didn't even cast a close vote. Often I press the Close button ...
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Close Votes expire too soon for low-traffic tags

On low-traffic tags, a bad question may pick up one or two close votes, but simply hasn't been viewed by very many people with the close-vote privilege. So, after 4 days, the close votes expire, and ...
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Close Votes review: I'm going on a strike! [closed]

I know this question is going to make me unpopular here – but I feel I have no other options. I have been concerned by the size of the close votes review queue for quite a while. When I ...
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Closing/Migrating question instructions/guidance [closed]

What does it mean to "close" a question? How/when can I vote to close questions? When should I vote to close questions? When should I not vote to close questions?
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Stop generating “possible duplicate” comments

When a question has pending close votes, the system now adds a banner indicating that the question might be a duplicate: But the first user to vote still generates a possible duplicate comment: ...
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Add a “voted to close” activity event somewhere on the user profile page

Often when I vote to close, I want to go back and check the comments on the question, to see if it's been improved, to comment further, or to answer the question. It would be helpful to add a bit of ...
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Autocomment when voting to close as duplicate

Another solution to this problem: Problem: People are voting to close as exact duplicate without leaving comments. Such votes are invisible to everyone under 3k. A comment is the primary way ...
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Let questions stay open for a minimum amount of time before being closed

Feature Request *****Make questions unclosable until one hour after they've been asked, with an exception for flagged questions.***** Question What reason can you give for a non-abusive but ...
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Please add close flags, duplicate links and review data to the public data dump

Over the past year, a lot of meta data has been changed or added to the system: Review tasks and results Duplicate links (separate from close votes and ad-hoc editing conventions) Close votes as a ...
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Sort Order on Close Vote Queue

The Close-Vote queue is large and growing. I searched for definitive information on how that queue is sorted for reviewers, and the nearest I could find is that it is randomized - but that post was ...
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Do you wait for edits before voting to close a question? [duplicate]

Let's say that there is a question asked in a bad manner, in a way that the question is missing. For example the user shows the code and doesn't explain very well which is the problem. Usually ...
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At smaller sites, penalize hot questions having 3-4 close votes

At smaller sites (up to 50-100 questions a day average) closing a question takes hours or even days. As an example, this SO question has got 5 close votes in 15 minutes, while its twin at Software ...
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Bandwagon effect in close votes

I have suspected this for a while, because in the review queue I often see questions people have voted to close as "not constructive" that several people have marked as "not a real question", and ...
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Prevent circular close as exact duplicate loop [duplicate]

I was browsing SO today when I stumbled across these two questions: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/3057475/php-pi-help-loops-closed https://stackoverflow.com/questions/3059533/php-pi-help-loops ...
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What can be done about the massive Close Votes queue on Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

There are (at the time of writing this; see edits at bottom of post) 54.2k questions with close votes on the review page on Stack Overflow. Unlike the other review tasks, which all usually return to 0 ...
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Allow direct linking to a filtered /review queue

I'm really missing the ability to give folks an easily-digestible chunk of the close review to chew on by simply handing them a link to the pending review items in their favorite tag. This was ...
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Don't let flag-to-close flags linger for months in flag purgatory

Here is the close queue: Here is an active flag I have: I currently have 5 flags pending in the close queue. Some, like this one, are months old. This doesn't feel right and may discourage ...
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Allow question askers to close their own questions unilaterally

I have found a number of reasons to close a question of my own: I've found out it's a dupe it belongs on an SE site that didn't exist when the question was asked it is wrong; that is, based on ...
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Closing an earlier post as a duplicate of a later one [duplicate]

Suppose there are two questions that are very obviously duplicates of one another. The one that came first has maybe a few votes and no answers. The second has double the votes of the first and ...
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Easy close review queue filtering interface

Short version: Make a filter selection page the default entry point for the review queues Show the size of the queues for tags they are likely able to work with - not the whole queue When all review ...
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Let moderators navigate the review queues at will

This post is an expansion of this comment For many graduated sites (eg Physics), moderators do not want to apply the unilateral close vote in all cases--it is better to let some community votes pile ...
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Allow users to vote to close bountied questions

There was an an earlier meta-discussion about allowing moderators to skip the "bounty refund" step when closing a question that was declined, but I wanted to spin off waffles's comments into a ...
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Proposed contest for close review queue posse [closed]

Many hands make light work. I propose that we offer a coveted Stack Exchange coffee mug to the top 25 people who work to clear the close queue in the next 45 days, and a USB rocket launcher to the ...
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How Do I Opt Out of Privileges?

According to multiple mods, gold badge holders can now unilaterally close questions as duplicates. I hold seven gold badges for tags on SO, which means I can, on my own, close questions as duplicates ...
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Meta duplicates don't require an answer. Don't suggest there is one when that's not true

This request was sparked by this particular question. The vote to close as a duplicate on meta, in contrast to the main site, does not require for the duplicate to have an answer. Yet, the closure ...
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Allow same user to add multiple links as possible duplicates

When searching for duplicates of a question often multiple ones turn up, but when voting to close only one of them can be specified. It would be useful to be able to add more than one duplicate link ...
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Would raising the review limit help with the Close Votes queue? [closed]

We all know the problem with the close votes queue, but it seems the problem is people not reviewing enough. Whenever I had time, I would go through all 40 that I was given, but by then I wanted to do ...
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Should flagging a question for closure prevent close-voting?

Back in April, I flagged a post as "not a real question". The post was subsequently closed and reopened, then closed again and finally just reopened a 2nd time a short time ago. I still firmly ...
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Add “Flag as Other” checkbox to “Vote to Close as Off-Topic” dialog

Ok, after seeing the idea here, and following the chain here, and seeing it here, I think I have the best time/stress saving option for closing as off-topic. How about we put a checkbox in the close ...

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