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We should take the same approach as with torture questions and I think I'll just copy from my answer to the discussion you linked (see the original for further links): In general, I don't have a problem with them since most of the time, those questions are posed in a clinical voice, much like a doctor might describe injuries from a horrific ...


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I'm going to disagree with Ash, as well as quite possibly others, here. To me, an older question can be a duplicate of a newer question. It's not a given that the newer question must be the one to be marked as a duplicate of the older one. Specifically, one situation in which an older question can plausibly be a duplicate of a newer one is when the newer ...


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Data I analyzed all the data for 2017. I got the list of question-closers for 1719 questions that have been closed for any reason but not deleted (deleted posts usually have no upvotes or answers after 30 days). This also counts questions that have since been reopened. I then took every subset of these closers and counted them. Here are the results Groups ...


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No, a hard-science question cannot validly be a duplicate of a non-hard-science question. The existence of the hard-science tag on a question places specific requirements on answers. Answers that do not satisfy the criteria of that tag do not give original poster the information they seek, in much the same way that answers invoking magic are not valid ...


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We close the question, the answers remain for anyone who views or finds the question but no more can be added. The question has up votes and high quality answers so will not be automatically deleted.


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Our definition of what is an acceptable answer or question has evolved over time. We should strive for consistency across the site. We often suggest to new users to take a look around the site to see what makes a good question. If we don't close questions that no longer meet community standards, there will be a lot of hidden gotchas for new users. ...


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Yes, it's possible to adjust both the number of people required to close a question and the reputation needed for someone to vote to close in the first place. Note that reopening a question uses the same settings.


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I see that one of the voter for closure is Community. This means that the OP got the prompt that a possible answer could be provided by the other question and indicated that the indicated question solved their problem. If the OP indicates that their problem is solved by another question, even though the tags are different, there is little we can do, aside ...


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Mithrandir24601 pointed you to a couple of posts (1, 2) that address your first concern pretty well. The distilled point is that questions set precedents. The scope of a site is often established not just by meta posts or ethereal community decisions, but also by content itself and how it's received. It doesn't matter what we decide on meta if we just let ...


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On Stack Overflow this was actually a pretty big deal. Very early on, while the Stack Exchange model was still developing, things were pretty wide open. The community was smaller and the occasional joke or mildly off topic question was tolerated because while the site was small the problem was small. Then the site grew... What was once the occasional errant ...


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Closing questions is important in order to get them clear and on topic before any answers arrive addressing the wrong question. Giving a clear statement of why will not only help the question poster to improve their question, but also help show others why the question needs to be closed, so they can close vote quickly and decisively. This allows a question ...


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This is a very good point. Most of the questions I've seen so far are just that. Questions instead of problems. Including those problems could help narrow many of those "too broad" questions down to "just right" size. It might be worth making that point on any question that isn't - for lack of a better term - bite size. After all, we want to make sure the ...


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My opinion is that "world" building can extend to the environment in which those worlds are located, i.e. the world's universe. Many worlds are located within universes which are primarily space. By extension, space shipping lanes would also be relevant. Also, a "world" need not be a ball of rock - it may be any place that is a setting for drama of some ...


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I don't have any data at hand, but here's my feeling based on what I've seen on the site and a few things to keep in mind for this topic. You can't see who voted to close before the closing is complete, so long as people don't explicitly comment. If I see a question in the review queue and no comments indicating any problems I often leave a Reminder to Close-...


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I agree with Michael's answer that a hard-science question has stricter requirements and thus shouldn't be marked as a duplicate (if it's really a hard-science question and not a tagging error). However, it's easy to see how this happens, so we should also clarify the distinction in the question itself. Tags are easy to miss, especially on mobile or in the ...


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I will post an answer to this one with a similar sentiment. It pains me to see that 75% of new questions on WB are summarily put on hold. Users with the power to hold can comment with suggestions (and specific suggestions, not pasted boilerplate) about how the question could be better but it does not happen often enough. Better than comments: improve the ...


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I do think that there have been some over-zealous closures recently, but generally we strike the right balance. We do need to be careful both not to close questions that should be open and to open ones that should be closed. All we can do to correct this is exactly what you've done here, when a "questionable" close occurs we discuss it together. Once ...


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Improperly Constrained The fundamental problem with "too broad" and "opinion based" is a lack of constraints in the question. Someone asking "How do I evolve a creature to be like X?" without placing some constraints on environment and other pressures should be closed. I'll grant you, the style of questions we are discussing do ...


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Getting the hang of what is and isn't accepted on a site is never an easy task. Even seasoned users have some time struggle with one or another question. So you should not feel bad about having a question closed. I know it can feel like a personal attack, but believe me, it isn't. If you are unsure about the reasons why a question got closed, do ask it here,...


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I don't think you're that far off, actually. You have a problem (mapping a solar system) and you want to know how to do it (just what SE is for). What's missing are criteria for success. Instead of asking "what tools/techniques are there", which is pretty general and (as you said) subjective, try to be more specific. What tools do you already know about ...


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We certainly shouldn't discourage it, if questions should be closed then closing them is a good idea. Equally though I don't see a need to encourage it. If people see questions that need closing then we should close them but equally I don't think there is a need to specifically go hunting for questions to close. Putting questions on hold is a mechanism to ...


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I voted to close this question. First off, it really does belong on Physics.SE. While we can answer physics questions, it's best to handle them on the "mother" SE site. The physics questions I find we cover best are the ones where the physics is "too out there" for Physics.SE. In this case, antimatter anhilation is mainstream physics. We teach it in ...


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Like the poster of this question I have concerns about the arbitrary interpretation of vote to close reasons, this is due to twenty years experience in the legal services section of a government department where we worked at high standards of evaluation, consideration, analysis, and particularly in the interpretation of the criteria, rules and operating ...


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Too Broad I would argue that this question is far too broad: the asker must specify a lot more detail about their world and about what he or she is looking for in an answer. Because right now, all of the answers are nothing more than bare lists of ideas, and really they cannot be more than that. As of this writing, three of the four answers have exactly the ...


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Questions with multiple answers are not inherently off-topic We are getting into The problem with opinion based questions here. The main problem from my point of view is that this is a big, blurry region where on-topicness and off-topicness are close to each other and everyone has a different understanding of "where to draw the line" and where ...


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I see a lot of very long posts. I agree with some, disagree with the rest, but to my eyes those are all TL;DR, which is not inviting to discussion. I voted to close as off-topic, using the "this is not about worldbuilding" option. The reason I did that is because I think there is no worldbuilding involved in the linked question. It should be as simple as ...


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The general Stack Exchange answer is that the best question should be the duplicate target. That means that in some cases an inferior old question will be closed as a duplicate of a superior new question. Remember, the goal of Stack Exchange is to create a canonical set of questions and answers. You don't get a canonical set by closing better questions ...


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A year and a half ago, there was an interesting discussion of redefining "too broad" here on Meta. What I find a bit worrying is that the conclusions (or notions) come to in that discussion appear gradually to have been set aside, at least to some degree. The result is that I think we have become too quick to close questions. One of the dominant points in ...


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Personally, I've noticed a lot of new users on the site within the last couple of weeks. While this is a good thing, these low rep users have been responsible for asking a lot of questions which are not on-topic, or match some other close criteria, and also have answered some questions in ways which clearly fall short of the standards to which we hold our ...


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Flag it You could flag it as "in need of moderator attention", type out your reasoning and let the mods handle it from there. This is also what was decided on meta.SE. The fact that the question stayed open for this long probably means taht a moderator might not want to close it without asking about it on meta though. SO perhaps you should start a ...


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