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Let's talk about sexploitation questions

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 ...
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Is it appropriate to close a question as a duplicate of a newer question?

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 ...
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Is there hard data on users' cliques for close votes?

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 ...
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Can a [hard-science] question be a duplicate of a non-[hard-science] question?

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 ...
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What's the point of flagging/putting on hold years old questions?

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 ...
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Is it possible to make the bar for closure higher?

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 ...
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Why is this hard-science question marked as a duplicate of a non hard-science question?

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 ...
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What's the point of flagging/putting on hold years old questions?

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 ...
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Is it possible & sensible to have a limits for putting questions on hold?

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 ...
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Enough is enough. NOBODY can obey rules that are only in someone's head

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 ...
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Reminder to close-voters

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 (...
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Is there hard data on users' cliques for close votes?

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 ...
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Can a [hard-science] question be a duplicate of a non-[hard-science] question?

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). ...
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How are the "anatomically correct" questions asking for evolutionary insight on-topic?

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 ...
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Are we closing too many questions?

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 ...
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How to make a "Fishing for Ideas" question fit on Worldbuilding Main

Simple: YOU DON'T Generally, fishing for ideas is defined in all those cases, that the question is extremely broad and there are no real factors that make one answer better than another. As a result, ...
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Unfairly put on hold

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 ...
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Should we close old questions?

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 ...
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Enough is enough. NOBODY can obey rules that are only in someone's head

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 ...
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We've suddenly begun beating the snot out of new(ish) users - and that's saying something coming from me

Before you or anybody gets mad at new users not looking at the Help Center. Someone needs to make the Help Center very visible on the website. There is only one link to the Help Center on the front ...
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Why are questions with multiple answers off-topic?

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 ...
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Enough is enough. NOBODY can obey rules that are only in someone's head

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 ...
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Is it appropriate to close a question as a duplicate of a newer question?

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 ...
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How to make a "Fishing for Ideas" question fit on Worldbuilding Main

I concur... An edit delineating exactly how far from shore one may fish and what sort of license one needs to fish in these waters would solve a lot of problems. Main issues I see: The old "VTC ...
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Should we close a question as a duplicate of another question that has no answer?

This is not possible for a normal user You can't. The dialog would tell you that you can't mark the question as a duplicate if the other one doesn't have an answer. Go on the unanswered tab and select ...
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A chat room for reopening (and closing?) questions

I'm not sure if this is a good idea... I'm not an avid user of the chat rooms, but even I've seen the usual "vtc plz" it seems kinda close to encouraging voting rings, just with close and reopen ...
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VTC on a question with a bounty

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 ...
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Are we closing too many questions?

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 ...
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Are we closing too many questions?

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 ...
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