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Note that you can't delete a question that has an accepted or upvoted answer, as per this Mother Meta FAQ. In this particular case, then, the post owner seems to have tried to delete the question and, when that failed, they vandalized the post. This is supported by a detailed breakdown in the question timeline: The question is already upvoted when the OP ...


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I heartily support Emilio's proposal, but to explain why I support it will require a bit of rambling. So please bear with me and I'll try not to make this too painful. The Physics Stack Exchange has evolved into an educational resource. We hoped it would be a research tool akin to the MathOverflow but for whatever reason that didn't happen. It appears that ...


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There are a few ways: If you have >3k rep, you can directly vote to reopen. This will put the question in the reopen review queue. Once in the reopen review queue, users with >3k rep can vote to reopen. If five users vote to reopen (either through the queue or directly) the question gets reopened. If the question receives enough Leave Closed votes (which I ...


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I went into Stack Overflow and handled a few questions from the Triage queue there to remind myself a bit how this works. I've done over 1,100 triages on SO, but it had been a while so I had forgotten a few details myself. As background, if you're not familiar with this queue, you might want to skim the workflow here: https://stackoverflow.com/help/review-...


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I don't think formulae are really special in this regard: If you see an edit but you cannot tell whether it actually improves the post or not, skip it. Whether that's because you're not familiar with the formulae or the topic of the post in general is immaterial. If you see an edit that corrects a typo, approve it. If you see an edit that actually alters ...


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If the comments from OP add clarity, and if they are new users, I would personally edit the comments into the question myself. I would then leave a comment to the effect of: @OP I took the liberty of editing the clarifications from your comments into the question. Please let me know if I did not represent your intentions correctly. On future questions, ...


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Should contributions to the community be made compulsory? Absolutely not. No way. Hell no. Contributing to this site is done on a volunteer basis. If people want to contribute by writing answers, that's great. If people want to contribute by participating in community moderation and other corpus-curation activities, that's also great. If people want to ...


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This is not a bug, Steward and its related badges were changed on Jan 29 so that they were now awarded for every 1000 reviews done. See this mother meta post for more information.


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Physics is a vast field of knowledge, using many different subfields of mathematics, each with its own conventions and symbols. Even with decades of experience in the field, it is simply impossible to master all possible physical theories and all possible formalisms and symbol conventions. This has a few trivial consequences in general and also applicable to ...


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Hm. Well, this is a complicated situation because there are a bunch of individual problems to fix, none of which are really related to each other. First, the main issue on your mind: the possible copyright infringement. I'm not a lawyer and not an official representative of SE, so I can't really give an authoritative answer to this, but the following is my ...


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Reviewing really comes from experience, and that's partly why it is limited to users who have reached enough reputation. I don't think there are any hard and fast rules written down anywhere on what to look for because the expectation is that users performing the reviews have established themselves in the community and know what is expected, or not ...


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Specific to the case that you brought up, I'd note that the OP on your post made a different, unrelated edit to the question about 1 minute after yours. I can imagine a scenario where the OP was concurrently editing, you beat them in, and they didn't want to give up what they were doing so rejected yours just as a means to get past whatever screen they got ...


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I can't tell from the timeline, but my guess is that the OP was presented with the edit and chose either "improve this edit" or "reject and edit" by mistake, then applied your changes. Perhaps they will enlighten us. I can, however, address this concern: I'm also slightly concerned, because I have the impression that SE users who accumulate a lot of "...


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Edit: The response below was given within the state of the system as of late 2018. However, changes to the system were introduced in March 2019, which (finally!) allow moderators to remove questions from the HNQ list, based on the community consensus currently being formed in the discussion at Data collection: When should (or shouldn't) we exclude ...


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The main advantage of downvoting that closing does not have is that it quickly removes questions from the front page, once the post has a score of -3. If you think a question is probably unsalvageable, by all means downvote it. If you are voting to close an otherwise good question as a duplicate, or if you think that with some care the question could be ...


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My personal guidelines for cases like this: If you think it’s a not-useful answer, it would be appropriate to downvote. If you think it’s a very low-quality answer, there’s a flag queue for those. If you think the post should be removed, that’s the flag to use. If the question is “what does this notation mean,” and the response is “I think maybe it means ...


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I would be very annoyed to be presented with test questions. I put a lot of effort into answering people's questions because I would have loved someone to do that when I was a spotty kid interested in physics¹. The thought that all that effort was just to prove a point about the suitability or otherwise of question subject matter is not a welcome one. ¹ ...


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The options for Low Quality posts are No comment needed Commentary on another post A "Thank you" comment "I'm having this problem too" comment Different question than posted Link-only answer (and not spam) "This is a bad answer" does not appear on the list, so voting to delete such an answer would be a bad practice, in my opinion.


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It shows the total number of flags whose review is pending, cf. this meta post. It also includes those you have already acted on (recall that many reviews need more than one user to complete them) and moderator flags which you cannot see. Additionally, the number is cached and may reflect an older status of the queue. It annoys me to no end to have a number ...


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No, you cannot change your decision. What you can do is: If you meant to vote/flag (in First Post/Late Answer), just go back to the post (outside the review queue) and proceed as you wanted to initially. The end result is the same so no big deal. If you meant to approve/reject an edit, but clicked on the wrong button, you can always go back to the post (...


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The number of "Looks OK" votes depends on the number of flags on the post, cf. this meta.SE post: Each review task requires a minimum number of "Looks OK" reviews (2 on SO, 1 everywhere else) to be dequeued; this number increases by one for each pending flag on the post (edits, closing and deletion dequeue the task in the normal fashion).


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Review pages only show close votes cast as part of the review process, and they do not show any votes cast independently, i.e. directly on the question page. Typically, questions are put on the queue by a direct vote to close, so there is usually one more close vote than there are reviews. If more people vote independently of the queue, this difference can ...


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There is some confusion here, so let me clear some things up. Review queues are accessible from 500 reputation. This starts with the Late Answers and First Posts review queues, gets augmented by the Suggested Edits and Low Quality Posts queues at 2,000 rep, and finally Close Votes and Reopen Votes at 3,000 rep. It is easily accessible by a link that says ...


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This feature has been enabled on September 9th; this was the first review in the new queue, and the first one in the network outside Stack Overflow.


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To test the hypothesis "there is only a small core of users that use the review queues regularly", my first naive attempt would be From the users with close-vote powers, during month=October 2013, how many users made range_1=0, range_2=[1,5], range_3=[6,20], range_4=[21,50], and range_5=[51,∞] reviews in the review_queue=close_votes? where the ranges are ...


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Technically, the not-an-answer (NAA) flag caused the Community♦ to submit the answer to the low-quality-post-review-list. Five 2k+ users (which were not 20k+ users) completed the review cycle with the following votes listed chronologically: Recommend Deletion; Recommend Deletion; Looks OK; Recommend Deletion; Looks OK. Next the Community♦ provided the feed-...


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Your immediate question What reason should I check when voting to close a question like this? has an immediate answer: You should use a reason that tells the user why you are voting to close their question. If none of the pre-formatted reasons fit, then you can still write a custom one, and that's precisely what that custom field is for. There's a ...


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One flag suffices. Once a post has been flagged, it enters the review queue, where high-rep users can vote to close or leave open. Further flags serve no purpose. But do note that sometimes people point out possible duplicates in the comments without actually flagging, so those posts do not enter the queue automatically. In those cases, you can either wait ...


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I think the most important thing to do after getting a comment which suggests that your question is a Possible duplicate of some other question, is to explain prominently in your question why you think it is not a duplicate. It is important to do this as soon as possible, before votes accumulate, and certainly before the question is put on hold. Reopening is ...


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