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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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Is over-vigilant monitoring of questions driving people away from the site?

I have a lot of sympathy with your position and I will generally put some effort into trying to interpret questions that are awkwardly phrased. However I think it's reasonable to expect someone asking ...
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Folks, we need to talk about the surface-area-of-a-chicken question

My take on it: No, this question is nowhere near on-topic. It is simply not about physics. I agree it's a fun question, and that this can make it attractive to some people. But we don't set the site ...
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Folks, we need to talk about the surface-area-of-a-chicken question

Suppose the question had asked “How do I find the approximate volume of an asteroid ?”. I doubt there would be any serious arguments for closing that question. If we are happy to accept a volume/...
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Little tolerance with mathematical-physics questions

Generally speaking, mathematical physics questions are on-topic and more than welcome. Note that advanced questions naturally tend to have fewer views, upvotes, and potential answerers. But don't get ...
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Closing "Insufficient Effort" questions

The difference between downvoting and closing is that it's impossible to reply to a closed question. If I downvote a question I'm saying I don't like it, but if others want to reply to it that's fine. ...
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Care over closing "duplicate" questions

People should be encouraged to close questions as duplicates, but they should certainly take care to choose an appropriate duplicate target. Even if the target does have answers that correctly answer ...
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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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Closing "Insufficient Effort" questions

We should downvote “Insufficient Effort” questions, but not vote to close Offered bare to take a poll
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Is over-vigilant monitoring of questions driving people away from the site?

But, surely there should be a way for answers to be allowed for questions that get closed? Oh goodness no. That defeats the entire point of putting questions on hold (a.k.a. closing). Actually, ...
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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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Bounty reimbursement

Voting to close bountied questions is a feature that has often been requested at mother meta, see e.g. Allow users to vote to close bountied questions. So far it has not been implemented. Being of &...
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A better system for close voting

One does not need to be an expert in quantum-mechanics to see that some of the questions are clearly subpar and need to be closed. When in doubt, don’t be afraid to use the skip button! Alternatively, ...
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Flag questions that are actively being answered when voted for closure and postponing the closing until submission

A large part of the purpose of closing questions is preventing them from being answered. We close questions that we do not wish to encourage on our site, and receiving answers encourages people to ask ...
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Is over-vigilant monitoring of questions driving people away from the site?

The following three points combine to contradict your thesis: The number of questions asked per week has been steadily increasing for the entire duration of PSE's existence. The number of users ...
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A better system for close voting

This is already possible via a different system: the close-vote review queue already comes with the possibility to filter the questions it can show you. This can be on the close reason and on the ...
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Folks, we need to talk about the surface-area-of-a-chicken question

Disclaimer: I did not give closing or reopening votes for the surface area of the chicken question. I have to say that this is one of the few times I completely disagree with Emilio Pisanty's opinion, ...
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Folks, we need to talk about the surface-area-of-a-chicken question

The issue I take with the question is its nonsensical context ("building a chicken army to conquer the world"). If the question were just about "How do I measure the surface area of an ...
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Should I refrain from marking a question as a duplicate of my question or of a question that I answered?

Here's what I do. I try to be "objective" as in – would I vote to close if the answer was by someone else? but a little bit more critical with my own stuff. So, If the new question is very ...
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Should users answer questions that they think should be closed?

I am the (or at least one of the) user(s) in question, and I think that your impression of my motivation is mistaken. Since at least part of your concern is your view of my motivation let me state my ...
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When should moderators close questions?

I would say that moderators get it right most of the times. But sometimes they err, in which case I can think of four routes you can take: Vote to reopen. If the question is very clearly on-topic, it ...
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Should information provided in the comments be taken into account when evaluating the merits of a question?

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 ...
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Should we vote to close old questions?

My philosophy when reviewing question is to not look at the date, the author or the answers. An off-topic post is off-topic regardless of when was it posted, by whom, and of the presence of very good ...
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Flag questions that are actively being answered when voted for closure and postponing the closing until submission

I sympathise because I have had this happen to me. In the past I have seen a homework question and thought that even though it was homework there was a nice conceptual discussion to be had. Then as I'...
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Should I refrain from marking a question as a duplicate of my question or of a question that I answered?

I think you're over-stressing about this. Closing a question requires a consensus of five different users (potentially down to three at some point in the future) that the question should be closed. It ...
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Why shouldn't a question be on hold? (no, really, I'm curious)

I stand by position 4. Don't put it on hold because it's fine for question (B). I don't think it's a check-my-work question, though admittedly this is a subtle ...
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Closing "Insufficient Effort" questions

We should vote to close “Insufficient Effort” questions. Offered bare to take a poll
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Closing "Insufficient Effort" questions

Now, at first I was pro-VTC based on insufficient effort. However, then I remembered something Shog9 wrote in a different meta post (and for the life of me I can't seem to recall what the post was ...
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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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Folks, we need to talk about the surface-area-of-a-chicken question

Yes, the question is on-topic. Measuring the surface area of an object is either on-topic or it is not. It is absurd to suggest that measuring the surface area of a rock is on-topic, but measuring the ...
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