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Am I using the GOVERNMENT tag incorrectly here?

Comments are a flurry of confusion over what I tried to make a very simple exercise, the question is rapidly gaining VTC. My intent was to define the political and moral characteristics of my society, ...
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Is it Fair to Encourage People to NOT Answer Questions that Need to be Closed?

Introduction: WB.SE has a SE mandated format; the community has determined that certain rules need to apply to the asking and answering of questions; the community has in place certain policies & ...
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Testing 3-vote Closures & Reopenings and the Value of Closing Questions

Stack Exchange is testing the use of 3-vote close-voting & reopen-voting. This is an important issue that everyone on this Stack should be aware of. We ended up with five votes to close based on ...
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Could the mods check this out - did I just cast two consecutive close votes on the same question?

This question, turned up in my feed, I imediatley commented and voted to close as NAW. A couple of minutes later it turned-up in the close-question review queue. I again voted to close. Both times it (...
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Closed question "This question needs details or clarity" but without explanation of what should be more detailed of clarified

This question has been closed with the reason: "This question needs details or clarity" I had already replied in the comments some clarifications. It is not clear to me though what further ...
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Is there a community-specific bug report feature?

The VTC reason "This question belongs on another SE site" doesn't work right. Currently, after selecting that option, the only Stack you can choose is WB.meta. I highly doubt that is ...
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A Cascade of Story-Based Closings

The synopsis of what makes a question Too Story Based is as follows: Asking about plot elements such as the actions of characters, rather than about the world in which your story takes place, is ...
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What reason do I select in order to vote to close poorly written questions?

Every once in a while I will come across a question that is just so poorly written that I don't think it could be saved by providing critiques and giving the asker a chance to fix it. The most common ...
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Is this question really off-topic?

I don't know much about the tags or rules in Meta, since I usually just briefly lurk, so I'd appreciate it if someone can fix the tags to be more appropriate and I apologise if I've broken any rules ...
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What Am I Doing Wrong?

I have asked a dozen questions now and have received negative feedback on most of them, with each question having at least one vote to close, and others getting down votes. I am especially frustrated ...
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How to deal with changing close-vote reasons

I love seeing users edit their on hold/closed questions after getting some feedback about how to improve them, all the more so if in doing so they resolve the initial problem. However, it's not ...
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A closed question that has recieved multiple edits, opened again, then reverted to its original state, why can't I vote to close it?

There seems to be an issue with editing questions, not yet (as of the date of this question) settled. There is another, perhaps buggy issue with question edits, the initial form of the question was ...
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Can we make "on hold" less terrible?

Being put "on hold" sucks. Yes, I get it - it's a chance to edit questions without getting unhelpful answers, and a grand opportunity for us to make the question better and thus improve the ...
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Additional review tools?

I've been doing some reviewing lately, and I think two additional features in the review queue would be very helpful. First, enable the "see vote counts" from within the review tools, normally ...
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Why were *two* mods required to close this question?

This question is currently closed by Aify, Cadence, L.Dutch, Trish, and James (thank you for keeping the site clean). However, I'm confused because both L.Dutch and James are diamond moderators, and I'...
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How/why does the Community mod close questions?

This question about reality-checking the shadows of a ringed planet was placed in the reopen review queue after an edit was made. While the edit appears to be insufficient to separate the two ...
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Is it possible to change the descriptive text for the POB selection?

When users pull up the VTC panel, the description for "Primarily Opinion-Based" is: Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will ...
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The Problem Everyone Has and Everyone's Talking About

I think we have a problem that everyone's talking about. I don't know when the breaking point was: I'm new. But I've seen it over and over. A new user posts their first thread, an off-topic/POB/...
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Magic is primarily opinion-based by definition, so what does a POB VTC mean?

Considering the closure of Is magical rapid premature aging painful? And relating to this meta question and this meta question. Magic is Primarily Opinion-Based (POB) by definition. Without some ...
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Vote to reopen: What are the military pros and cons of a low gravity world vs a high gravity one?

I would like to have this question un-held: What are the military pros and cons of a low gravity world vs a high gravity one? For context, these two questions were originally just the one question ...
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Have I become too strict with my VTC votes?

I recently voted to close this question because it seemed to me that it didn't ask about a world, but the engineering of a specific item that could have been part of any world (and, by definition, ...
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Use of flashing font/marching ants to direct attention to question

My current question currently has 4 (!) votes to close for being unclear. In its very first iteration, it had a paragraph that began with "My question is...", and even explained the question two ...
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Mutually-exclusive goals and how to discover them

I have to admit, I've been here a month now and I still have absolutely no clue what most of y'all's goals are in patrolling posts. My first question was closed for being too open-ended and ...
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Should ridiculous valid questions be answered or closed?

I've seen my fair share of ridiculous questions where it's obvious that the OP has no idea what they're talking about. Things like 'What would happen if you punch someone with a force of 172500 N?' ...
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How to be a close voter

The value of precedent One of the most important principles in organizing a just society is the equally applicable rule of law. Worldbuilding is, while perhaps seeming trivial compared to a nation, ...
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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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Rapid closure of questions and poster discouragement [duplicate]

There was a question this very morning: If the Romans made the 1712 Steam Engine, what would they create using it and why? It got closed within ~20 minutes as being too broad. Which, if I'm being ...
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Closing hurdle for well received questions

This question was well received (up to now: 11 upvotes) and put "on hold" a few days ago. (Without an explanation at that) Right now it looks like that put an end to the discussion. That makes me ...
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Vote counting on questions/answers

Upon accessing the review list, we can choose i.e. between closing a question or leaving it open. Are both types of vote counted until the threshold, or not? I mean, once N users vote to close a ...
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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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Request : Public close voting

I want to request the admins to show the identity of close voters. Why? Reason number 1: If you are so sure about your judgement at least show up your profile. Reason number 2: Blocking does not ...
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How would a girl that has never encountered the concept of pregnancy react to giving birth? This one seems on topic, but unpopular for obvious reasons

How would a girl that has never encountered the concept of pregnancy react to giving birth? This question seems appropriately scoped and reasonably on-topic as far as worldbuilding goes, but it ...
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Is there hard data on close votes?

I'm wondering if there's any data/statistics on the percentage of close votes that age away vs end in closure vs end with the question being reopened here on Worldbuilding. Perhaps even some breakdown ...
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Flags and close votes are not super downvotes

I've been seeing a pattern of behavior lately that's becoming a little worrying... It looks an awful lot like people are casting flags and close votes on questions and answers that they simply don't ...
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Don't argue with comments on down and close votes, please

As shown in comments section under Enforcing mandatory comment when downvoting people don't like to comment on downvotes because it is not productive. If someone comments on down or close vote, do ...
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Can there be done more to assure users that closing questions is not a Bad Thing?

Inspired by rage quitting user after they posted this meta question: How can i prevent a raging moderator from blocking my questions? Every closed question hurts. It hurts you double when you are ...
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Redefining what constitutes closure at this time

Following a recent surge in suggested close votes, it's important that users understand what constitutes a reason to close a question. However, there have been some clear and direct inconsistencies ...
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Should I downvote a question that I am also voting to close or put on hold?

Sometimes I see a question that might have potential, but in the current wording is a question that should be voted closed/on hold. Should I downvote the question in addition to casting a close vote? ...
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When should you leave a comment with a VTC? [duplicate]

This question received -4 points and 4 VTCs at the time of this writing. As DW pointed out, none of the 4 left any reason for the VTC. Do we have an official policy on when a comment explaining a VTC ...
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Can I view close reasons before the question is closed?

I asked this question this morning. Despite having a relatively active discussion with some good answers, it has received a few close votes. No comment was left regarding the close votes as we ...
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Correcting a wrong question

I recently asked a question which was Where to hide my evil Overlord? and it got closed for being "primarily opinion-based", the reason being that there are many possible answers. However when I saw a ...
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Privileges, Timing, and Beta

Last night, I broke 500 reputation and according to the system earned the right to Cast Close and Reopen Votes (I even did it once, just to make sure it really was working). However, on other sites ...
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Answering a Question you Closed

A recent newcomer posted this question, and it was closed within 2 hours and I was among those that voted it as "too broad." But before I voted, I decided to post an answer anyway. My goal in ...
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Rules of Peer Moderation

Aside from the moderators, user with enough reputation* can cast votes to close and/or reopen questions. This is not a right, this is a privilege that you are being given as an active user of the ...
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Are we being too picky about what we call Worldbuilding?

I've been noticing a pattern of people closing questions as not Worldbuilding which to my mind clearly are Worldbuilding. I don't want to get too hung up on this specific example, but I don't have a ...
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Can mods be changed to cast close votes like everyone else not as a moderator?

A question can be popular with multiple answers, and an accepted answer, and a moderator alone can cast a close vote and put the question on hold; and then do the same thing for multiple questions by ...
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