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Should we test lowering the vote to close and reopen threshold?

YES Physics.SE should undergo a 30 day test with 3 votes required to close and reopen questions.
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Are questions about the identification of physical phenomena on-topic?

I agree and would vote to reopen if the closing vote weren't a mod. Reasons: One does not know before asking the question what the answer is going to look like. Once you've seen the answer then one ...
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Why was my question about the Devil's problem deemed a homework question?

Your question does not ask a conceptual question about physics, it simply asks users to solve the exercise you call "the Devil's problem". That you ask us to solve the exercise not by saying ...
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Closing a 10-year old answered question as off-topic

Closing questions is not an expression of disdain. It's merely saying that a question like this is not suitable for the site as it is today, in this instance because it is not inside the scope of ...
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My question got closed saying that it was opinion based

While I do not speak on behalf of the other close voters, the facts are clear: If the velocity is constant, the acceleration is zero. If a quantity is constant, it does not depend on time (in this ...
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Careless mistakes in formulas shouldn't be treated the same as non-mainstream physics

I did not vote to close but I do not see a relation between the two comments pointing at the maths mistake and the closing vote. That is, I don't think the typo is what led them to close the question ...
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Why was my question about the Devil's problem deemed a homework question?

First, note that not all homework related questions are off topic here. However... I wasn't interested in learning or understanding any physics methods; my interest was to find out whether 13 is ...
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What happened with the experiment to lower the vote-to-close threshold?

Ah Dec. 2019... those were simpler times eh? So what happened was by Jan. 2020 we were on the list and working to get a more complete dataset defined to extract, and the Community Manager (CM) who was ...
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Why was this circuits question closed?

The title of the question is "Find the Thevenin's Voltage," and the first line is "Please solve this." In its current form, it is a straightforward homework question. If there is a ...
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Should cosmetic edits be made to a closed question?

With the remodeling of the review queues, users now have the option to explicitly mark their edits to closed questions as significant enough to warrant reopen reviews. So, as long as the editors ...
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Closing a 10-year old answered question as off-topic

Since my motives are being questioned, let me add this. I voted to close this question because I didn't think it was about physics as defined in the scope of this site. That's all. I don't see that ...
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Very disappointed by my experiment on this site

Questions which are edited are put into a queue to be reviewed for reopening. This is the primary mechanism by which questions get reopened after being put on hold. Flagging for moderator attention is ...
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Are questions about the identification of physical phenomena on-topic?

The close reason on the question directs to the help center. The first bullet point in the on-topic section reads: Explanations of observed physical or ...
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Why was this question on fiber switches closed?

I agree with you: while most questions about engineering are off-topic for us, we make an exception for engineering-like questions about experimental apparatus. I've retagged and reopened the ...
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Why was this question put on hold? Reason given was that it is a homework question

This is a question that would help with the understanding of specific heat and conductivity and which has a greater effect when it comes to transfer of energy between objects. If the question is ...
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Is this question really non-mainstream?

Based on some of the comments (now deleted), it looks like the first user who voted to close did so because they were focusing on how the OP was trying to apply scaling space to Newton's second law. ...
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Question unilaterally closed by a moderator without any chance of editing

You're asking for a list of theories, which is a question without the potential of having a "correct" answer and is usually seen as too broad around here. See e.g. Good list, bad list and its linked ...
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Question closed as duplicate but question clearly demonstrates understanding of duplicate. Is asking something else

I do agree that it's not really a duplicate; but it should remain closed. For one thing, it's hard to understand the question behind the huge rant. Your rant seems to entirely focus on how unclear ...
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Why was my question about the Devil's problem deemed a homework question?

I did imply in my question that I wanted to see a solution, but that was merely because I wanted to verify. I wanted to get convinced whether 13 is the answer. We call these check-my-work questions. ...
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Requesting a question to be re-opened because it is not opinion based

Even though you have eliminated an explicit reference to opinion, this does not change the fact that IMO the question is still opinion-based. I can answer yes/no/I think so/I don’t think so without ...
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What happened with the experiment to lower the vote-to-close threshold?

Y'all may have seen the update I wrote as it was linked in the comments but I wanted to give y'all a specific update because the use case y'all have for this is very different from our goals of the ...
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Closing a 10-year old answered question as off-topic

Someone (I don't know who it is) has been going back through old questions and voting to close old questions that don't meet our current guidelines. While I admire the commitment involved I'm not sure ...
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Reopen request on a recently closed question

I don't support reopening this question (currently, revision 3) because I think it has a couple of issues that justify it being put on hold: First, as enumaris brought up in the comments, This ...
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If you don't understand the question, don't vote to close as duplicate of something vaguely sounding the same

To be honest, I don't think you reacted particularly well there. The two questions are very similar, and they deal with much the same subject matter. Generally, when a question is marked as a possible ...
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Should we test lowering the vote to close and reopen threshold?

This should be an easy answer. Yes. We should trial this. Stack Overflow tried it and were really happy with the results. And that's just what it is, a "trial". Rather than speculating on what the ...
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Why has this question been closed?

I agree that it's not really a homework question, though pasting a screenshot of the problem they're working on certainly looks like our everyday HW problem, but as you stated, Possibly it could be ...
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Why was my question, on the 'cross sectional energy' of a photon, closed?

I have a degree of sympathy for your position, and had I seen the question before it was closed I would have posted an answer. But my answer would be that you have misunderstood what we mean by the ...
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Why is "Absolute Space and Time" thread closed?

As the banner at the top says, that question was closed because a similar question, Is spacetime absolute?, was already asked and already had satisfactory answers. Note that our community is based on ...
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Please Consider Re-opening This Question

As one of the close-voters, I guess I should speak up: I did not vote to close this question as a duplicate; instead, I voted to close as being primarily opinion-based and therefore not answerable in ...
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What can be done in order to re-open a closed question?

I think the question is now perfectly acceptable, and I personally would vote to reopen it. That being said, it's not very good for the community moderation model if I go around closing and opening ...
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