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YES Physics.SE should undergo a 30 day test with 3 votes required to close and reopen questions.

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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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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 scope depending on whether questions are fun or not $-$ the site scope is physics, and questions are judged against that standard. And the fact of the matter is, ...

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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/asteroid question then why should we reject a surface area/chicken question ? Estimating volume is on-topic for PSE but estimating surface area isn’t ?? But that ...

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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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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 the new question, it may not be a useful target for the OP of the new question if it uses mathematics and concepts that are too advanced. Also, if the old ...

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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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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, use the review queue tag filter to focus on questions you do feel comfortable in, e.g. newtonian-mechanics and thermodynamics. Your suggestion leads to ...

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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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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 going to write the scripts to do that analysis was let go from the company. So that kind of set things back on getting any sort of custom data defined. Then ...

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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 tags. This allows users the possibility to focus on the parts of the queue where they are most effective and most comfortable that they are making informed ...

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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 more questions of the same kind. For instance, if we waited to close every homework-like question until someone had given away the solution in an answer, then ...

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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, usually so wise and equilibrate. Let's forget the funny context the question has been asked. The real problem is how to estimate the surface area of the ...

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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 irregular object, e.g. a chicken", it would be fine. However, editing the question this way would make a lot of the answers look odd, since they are ...

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

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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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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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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'm nearing the end of an answer explaining the concepts the question gets closed. If this happens then consider posting your own version of the question, but ...

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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 surface area of a chicken is not. And it seems to be very well-established that the current duplicate target, How do I experimentally measure the surface area ...

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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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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 ups or downs of this could be, we have the opportunity to experimentally determine the true situation. If it doesn't work well, we don't adopt it permanently. If ...

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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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