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Is this question really answerable? Are any questions involving divine intervention asking for scientific answers answerable?

The question I am referring to is this one: Noah's flood actually happened. When does science prove that it happened? This question is based on religion but asks for scientific answers. Here is how ...
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Is it appropriate to close a question as a duplicate of a newer question?

When I opened the close review queue, I was presented with this question on viewing the past. Since I didn't recall seeing the question before, I checked the date and saw it was a year old. The is-a-...
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Can a [hard-science] question be a duplicate of a non-[hard-science] question?

I bring before the assembly Exhibit A, A cure for the 'Kessler Syndrome'?, tagged science-based science-fiction hard-science as of revision 1. That question was closed as a duplicate of Dealing with ...
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Frequent closure and reopening of popular questions

Recently I’ve noticed a lot of questions being closed and then being subsequently reopened without major revisions to the question. This appears to happen more often with popular questions. Here are ...
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Enough is enough. NOBODY can obey rules that are only in someone's head [duplicate]

Relating to this question. Since when can a question be closed for poor quality? The two respondants to my challenge to justify the closure said that it's just a physics question (which we answer ...
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How are the “anatomically correct” questions asking for evolutionary insight on-topic?

When this question was recently posted I voted to close it based on it being either too broad or primarily opinion-based. Take your pick. The OP pointed out there is a lengthy history of "...
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Is there hard data on users' cliques for close votes?

I was reading a previous question on data on close votes, and a related question came to my mind. The question is as follows: is it possible to reject the hypothesis that there exists well-defined ...
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Why are questions with multiple answers off-topic?

I'm basically asking about questions which do have short, objective answers, but it may be subjective to determine which is the best answer. Like suppose mankind now has xyz technology, which ...
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Is it possible to make the bar for closure higher?

5 people with 3000 reputation are required to close a question. In perusing this question again, wetcircuit makes a good point; 5 people can close a question where many more than that have positively ...
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Should we close a question as a duplicate of another question that has no answer?

I'm not sure if there's a case like this, but imagine someone asked this question: How to turn our current earth into an oceanic planet? Someone searched and there's a question with essentially ...
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How should we handle cases where people VTC and answer or answer with a VTC reason at the beginning?

I asked What should our policy be about answering questions that we perceive as close-worthy?, which is a duplicate of Answering a Question you Closed. The policy we want is basically Rule 8 from ...
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What should our policy be about answering questions that we perceive as close-worthy? [duplicate]

This may sound a bit strange when reading the title, but sometimes I've seen people answer questions that they Voted To Close. In these cases I am always refering to a rather old discussion: Rules of ...
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Is it possible & sensible to have a limits for putting questions on hold?

Today I reviewed a re-open request for a question that was posted in 2015 and put on hold a year later in 2016. My question doesn't come from the reopen request, but from the hold placed a year after ...
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What's the point of flagging/putting on hold years old questions?

Yesterday and today I saw, in the review queue, flags for rather old questions: yesterday the question was posted 5 months ago, today the question was posted 2 years and 7 months ago. I see no point ...
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A chat room for reopening (and closing?) questions

A couple days ago, MolbOrg created a chat room called VoteOpen. They intended it as a venue for discussions about whether a question should be reopened or not - which can get long and unwieldy if they ...
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How to handle duplicates of duplicates?

A recent question about returning to the Dark Ages reminded me of another question I remembered seeing. After some digging, I found a similar question and suggested it might be a duplicate of the OP's ...
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Add feature to automatically add a notice to new questions

I added an answer to the question Can there be done more to assure users that closing questions is not a Bad Thing? and wanted to raise this as a new Meta-Post to discuss as Tim B and dot_sp0t ...
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Unfairly put on hold

My question about measurement system formation is there for a good reason. People on forums would probably say something along the lines of "Whatever" or "Just use earth measurements or even no ...
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Reminder to close-voters

While conducting a normal review of the Reopen Review Queue, I was presented with this recent question. While I agree with the too-broad close reason, I was dismayed to notice that no comments had ...
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Should we close old questions?

Lately, I noticed several questions in the close review queue that were asked months or a year ago. We are currently going through a scoping process of close reasons, but should we be applying the new ...
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Are we closing too many questions?

I saw this question posted today: What is the tidal locking limit for this star? [on hold] It looked like a reasonable World Builder type question, but it was closed using the "Off Topic" flag. By ...
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VTC on a question with a bounty

Today, during my early morning stroll around the site, I found this question: Super A.I. trapped in an R/C car. Can it escape? It is blatantly off-topic, since it's about the actions of a single ...
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How do I create open ended questions with subjective answers?

I wanted to ask an open ended question whose answer will be entirely subjective. But I think the question and answer would be beneficial to the site. This is technically something that should be ...
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Clarify what off-topic really means

In this close review, I had some trouble with the close reason that my fellow close-voters gave. The question is about an event which could happen in a world. Yes, it's earth, but we have an earth-...
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What to do when a question should be closed but an answer is good?

This question seems to be too broad. As Michael Kjörling noted in the comments though (emphasis mine): [...] For the specific case, I'm tempted to agree that it is very broad, but also (at a glance)...
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Should this be 5 separate questions?

This question is made up of 5 separate well worded questions on the topic of a planet-wide city. Addressing them all will make for very long answers, and addressing just one per answer will make for ...
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Should we put the fantasy water races question On Hold?

This meta post is about whether or not What fantasy race has an affinity for water? should be put On Hold.
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Close votes - please state reasons

We've had a few incidents recently of close votes being started but no comment given to explain why. Even in cases where people think it's obvious I think it will really help with defining the scope ...
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Is materials science on topic here?

We have a few questions this morning and a few from yesterday that were basically materials science questions: Would a roof over a ship's board hinder operation of the ship significantly? How ...
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Are Space travel questions on topic?

How could a generation ship maintain a source of potable water? Some questions about space travel just do not seem to be about world building. I am thinking they should be off topic. However some ...
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Yes, questions can be Too Localized. But usually they are at far greater risk of being Too Broad

Seriously, from the word go, we need to be pre-emptive about requiring people to ask specific enough questions that we can offer concise and definitive answers. For example, "How does one go about ...