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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Please allow expired close/open votes to be re-cast [duplicate]

When a close vote expires, it can no longer be re-cast. This didn't use to be the case: back when close votes always expired in 4 days, you could re-cast your close vote after it had expired. This ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Please remind me when I am wielding the dupe hammer

We've already had people ask if they can decline the ability that comes with a gold tag badge to insta-close-as-dupe questions in their tags. I did this by accident today myself. On reflection, I ...
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Can we rename the off-topic close reason label on the primary screen?

When you click on the button to cast a close vote, you get a list of options: duplicate, off-topic, unclear, too broad, and primarily opinion based. These appear to be consistent across every site. ...
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Help me make myself a better moderator—give me statistics about my own close vote accuracy!

In a recent answer on Meta Stack Overflow, Shog9 made the following note: Accuracy is all over the map too. Some of our most prolific close voters routinely toss votes at questions that don't get ...
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Allow another close vote after retraction

tl;dr Users that have retracted a close vote should be able to vote again on that same question. I don't believe there is any danger in allowing this, provided some controls are in place (see below)...
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We need to be a little less hostile

I've noticed a distressing tendency for questions that seem basic or overly short to be immediately closed and downvoted into oblivion. Case in point: How can I tell if a DOM object is out of the ...
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Proposal to make close votes scale with rep

There have been several proposals for how we’re ever going to get a handle on the ever-mounting close-vote queue. Dupehammer has been especially successful, and there have been several proposals ...
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Remove question from HNQ if it has close votes

I've seen this a few times in the past few months, where questions that are blatantly off topic are still on the Hot Network Questions list. Great, it has more exposure, and people who are not ...
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Stack Overflow needz moar ads

This got me thinking... Not about a contest though. I don't want people reviewing questions so that they'll get something in return; folks should be doing it because they care about the questions, ...
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New bronze badge for using a filter on the Close Votes review queue

Many bronze badges are awarded for just for using features of the site. This is a simple and efficient way to advertise features. One feature that took me (and probably also others) a while to find ...
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Let SEDE users get hold of data on unsuccessful close votes for stats

I have the feeling that with the growing influx of questions, an increasing number of questions that are clear closing candidates (i.e. it is totally obvious and undisputed that they belong closed ...
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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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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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Boost duplicate post search results by incoming link count

When you try to close a post as a duplicate, you are given the opportunity to search for the dupe target. Still, searching for that dupe target you know exists is hard and more often than not I have ...
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Is using reputation to scale the number of close votes the best way?

When we were working on the last se-quality-project, I wanted to introduce something into the review system that I still feel is pretty lacking. There's no way to really track your efficacy as a ...
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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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The “Vote to Close” button for duplicates is inefficiently placed and shouldn't move away

TL;DR: There is a really annoying usability problem with the AJAX loading of duplicate question content that makes user interface elements unnecessarily shift around. Current behavior The ...
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Grant the OP a binding close as duplicate vote [duplicate]

Since the changes to the close as duplicate mechanism it is a lot more visible to the OP that there is/might be a duplicate to their question. Empirically, I've noticed a lot more people agreeing, in ...
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Ability to change close reason before it gets closed

Was voting to close a question as 'Not a real question', but my mouse slipped to 'Blatantly Offensive'. Would it be possible to have some means of changing my close reason, before it gets closed?
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Award accepted answer reputation for finding duplicates verified by OP

Consider the following theoretical situation: New user asks a question: Why does my program process a sorted array faster than an unsorted array? I see this question, I can: Vote to close as ...
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Help us find duplicates efficiently

I have recently started using a new device and I am discovering Just how immensely helpful the various browser caches are on my earlier device for locating duplicates just how erm, poor the Closing->...
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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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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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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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Close as a duplicate on mobile: Lots of Vertical Scrolling

Attempting to use the site with a Nexus 4. I came across a question that was a duplicate, so I found the dupe and voted to close. The only problem: the button is at the bottom of the modal. While ...
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Is it my responsibility to search for duplicates & vote to close before answering?

I obtained the "vote to close" privilege this week, and today after providing a very quick and correct answer I received a downvote (among several upvotes) for answering what others determined to be a ...
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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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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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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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Question flags, queues, edits, roomba, community♦, how does this actually work?

There is constant ongoing discussion about what flags to use when, review queue processing, review queue structure, flag handling, etc., but no one person seems to know exactly how this all works. ...
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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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Let me choose when I use my close votes

There have been some questions recently about how large the close-votes queue is and whether it can be improved along with requests for more close votes. On Stack Overflow I rarely use all my close ...
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How should “do my homework” questions be closed? (Missing “demonstrate minimal understanding”) [closed]

Just recently, this question was posted. Here's the body of the question: Write a function called highlight() that prompts the user for a string. Your code should ensure that the string is all ...
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Close Vote Review, additionally filter off-topic close reasons

Given the ever growing close vote review queue, I think it would help things along if we could streamline the filtering a little more. At the moment we can filter by tag and by close reason, but off-...
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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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