Episode #125 of the Stack Overflow podcast is here. We talk Tilde Club and mechanical keyboards. Listen now
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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 a question to put as much effort into researching and writing it as they expect us to put in to answering it. As much can be learned from posting a carefully ...


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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. If I vote to close I'm saying this question shouldn't be here and no-one should reply to it. We VTC homework questions because if we didn't people would keep ...


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We should downvote “Insufficient Effort” questions, but not vote to close Offered bare to take a poll


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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, there is a way, of sorts: edit the question to make it good, and then it gets taken off hold (reopened). That's exactly what we want to happen, in most cases. Or ...


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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 joining this site has grown rapidly the last year, but increasing always as well The number of questions closed per week has remained fairly steady over the last ...


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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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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 should get reopened rather fast. I agree with your point that it is much less likely to happen than it being closed by Reviewers, because there is an ...


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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 answers. And vice-versa: and on-topic post is on-topic because of its content, not its context. In this sense, my suggestion is: do not take the age of a post ...


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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 point. The OP has found a textbook problem and has presumably worked out the solution, but the question is not about solving the textbook problem. More specifically, the textbook problem is of the ...


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


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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 about to find it). And I know, if I and/or many others were to be for this as a VTC reason, he would come back saying the same thing. The gist of it I got from it ...


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The fundamental rule of moderation is: Moderators can never win¹ If they don't close egregious homework questions the moment they are posted we moan and if they're over zealous about closing homework questions we moan. The best moderators can do is try not to lose too often, and I'd say they do that pretty well and deserve a hearty round of applause for ...


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Is the unclear close reason being used for a purpose I'm not seeing here? I saw the question right after it was posted and offered a comment to the OP. The original post is (from the edit history): IF! a photon could go faster than the speed of light, would its momentum increase? And also, is there another way to increase a photon's momentum other ...


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I don't think questions should be considered ineligible for closing because of their age. People do sometimes use those questions as examples to help them learn what is appropriate for the site and what isn't, and in that sense it's strictly better to have questions closed or not closed according to the site's current standards than the alternative. That ...


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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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I find this annoying too. I often see a question that should be cleaned up AND closed. I recently re-read the close-vote guidance to figure this out. This is the pertinent few sentences: Editing the question or gathering enough Leave Open votes will automatically kick the question out of the queue and immediately begin aging the close votes (no matter ...


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Closing the question doesn't prevent your answer being upvoted and indeed accepted, so the only effect on your reputation would be the peripheral one that site users may not look at a question if they see it has been closed. So any conflict of interest you may have is pretty minor. I would not lose any sleep over the issue :-)


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To go a bit further, I tend to see it this way when it comes up: if you think the question is worthy of an answer, then it most likely deserves to be left open. You've thought enough about the question to decide that it is on-topic and to provide an answer. Stand up for it and vote to leave open! (If that is, of course, what you think should be done.)


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This is a Stack Exchange problem, not a Physics Stack Exchange problem. I have had many questions closed on me across SE, and for many reasons. It is often discouraging, and after a question is closed, I sometimes can reword it and get it open, but more often I abandon the attempt entirely and turn to a forum. I do not wish to offend anyone. This is not a ...


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This is a feature added since 2014: Increase close vote weight for gold tag badge holders. To put it simply, users can now unilaterally close a question as a duplicate if they have at least a gold badge on one of the tags. For this specific case, you have a gold badge on 'general-relativity' tag and closing a question tagged with it.


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The close reason was never meant to be (and in fact can't be, because of a 400-character limit, of which we already use 339) a complete listing of what kinds of low-effort and/or homework-like questions are not allowed. It presents a high-level summary and then links to the meta question, which does provide the full details of what questions are not allowed. ...


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It hasn't been closed because it did not accumulate five close votes from 3k+ users. (Or four votes, at least, with a moderator picking up the fifth.) That's really all there is to it. As a matter of fact, nobody voted to close it. Now that it has a bounty and doesn't allow close votes, if anyone does strongly believe it should be closed, flag it ...


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Unless the question falls into one of the existing close reasons by virtue of being poorly researched - unclear what you're asking comes to mind - I think a downvote + comment explanation is better. To me the guidance when you start a custom close reason "This question appears to be off-topic because it is about..." draws a reasonable line - if I have to ...


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Nothing. If the question is actually a perfectly good question, the chances are high that the close votes will decay and it won't be closed. Any action would be premature in this case. If the question is actually closed, you have all the usual tools from flags, reopen votes to meta posts at your disposal. Now, if the question is fundamendally a good ...


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Reason #2: Non-mainstream physics Bookmarked chat conversation We deal with mainstream physics here. Questions about the general correctness of unpublished personal theories are off topic, although specific questions evaluating new theories in the context of established science are usually allowed. For more information, see Is non mainstream physics ...


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Reason #1: Homework Bookmarked chat converation Homework-like questions should ask about a specific physics concept and show some effort to work through the problem. We want our questions to be useful to the broader community, and to future users. See our meta site for more guidance on how to edit your question to make it better.


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That question, along with the twin paradox one and the first in the series, What is time, does it flow, and if so what defines its direction? are intended as canonical questions. Where we get lots of questions on the same topic it's nice to have a definitive answer that we can point people to. But that definitive answer is necessarily rather lengthy because ...


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