@Shog9's advice to moderators is:
When you see a post you think should be closed, close it. When you see
a post you think should be re-opened, re-open it. If you're not sure,
don't do either.
You are suggesting that when a moderator sees a question that they think should be closed that they have an option to use a second account to cast an ordinary ...
When it's done by the Community user, it is always the author of the question that clicked the button to confirm the other question resolved their problem. No other user can invoke the Community user to close as duplicate.
Also, on Stack Overflow, it only takes three users to close and reopen questions now.
We've had the same process and debate at Spanish Language. In the meantime, as the current moderator for the site I asked JNat in a private chat what should we do in order to get the vote count threshold effectively lowered, and he said:
When you feel enough discussion has taken place, and a consensus was reached, just email us.
So step 2 would be just ...
No matter its age, my understanding is that every non-deleted question on every site is still turning up in searches, and rightly so.
Consequently, we want every one of those questions to be unique and to pose a clear question so that it attracts one or more clear answers.
To that end it is important that questions of all ages are moderated to the same ...
I don’t think putting it in the Help Center is enough: I have been bitten by this misfeature many times even as an experienced user. A clear warning that such a comment is about to be posted should be made part of the vote to close workflow itself.
Another thing to consider is that since the comment is generated by the system rather than written by the user,...
I guess we need to get rid of the "before" altogether, if that's not the reason for closing a question.
"This question has been asked elsewhere and has a better description or answers."
could be an option (vote for this answer if you like that). I've removed "and / or" and used just "or" for the sake of simplicity.
(It would also allow for closing as dupe ...
By right - as long as you don't use both accounts to vote, it should be fine.
Practically, the situations where you absolutely need a non-binding close vote get less over time, you either get the community to do it, or just figure you need to do eventually.Getting the 3k reputation itself is trivial (I have about 900 rep on on my alt account, after giving ...