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Magic questions can be answered objectively if: Rules of magic are stated, and question is about their internal consistency. Rules of magic are stated, and question is about physical / biological consequences Magic is taken from existing mythology, and question can be answered using that mythology (warning - this one might fall into off-topic territory) ...


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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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Normally not. There is an exception however: hard-science requires that you cite sources and have equations and stuff like that. It's a sort of meta-tag, something StackExchange in general doesn't like and it plays a special role here. If you look on Meta you will find lots of discussions about this tag and the therefore somewhat hidden requirements with ...


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My take on opinion-based questions is the following: A question is "primarily opinion-based" if every reasonable answer would be exactly equally valid. There are quite a few problems with opinion-based questions, especially in the context of magic. For a longer discussion about my stance on the small line/ the big blurry region see my answer to The problem ...


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That's the user themselves closing the question as a duplicate. When someone votes to close as a duplicate the user is asked whether they agree - and when they do the community user with his "mod powers" closes the question instantly on behalf of the user who potentially doesn't have any special close votes. See also: New UI encourages askers to confirm or ...


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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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L.Dutch wasn't yet a moderator when they voted to close that question (on July 9th); they were only elected on July 17th, over one week later. Prior to that, they had normal 20k+ privileges, but not a binding close/reopen vote. As an aside, the ability for a moderator to be able to cast a non-binding vote has been a long-standing feature request, but it ...


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The "on hold" to "closed" process is a property of the Stack Exchange software. It's not something we can change on Worldbuilding. As far as I know, it's not even possible to change the labels on a per-site basis, and even if it somehow is, the concept would still be exactly the same, and it would work just the way it does today. We can set up custom close ...


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To make thing worse, each user has a single close/reopen vote. Once it is cast, it's gone. This rules out the possibility of reopening because no longer too broad and then closing because primarily opinion based. What one can do is: don't use the reopen vote leave a comment to the OP and other users, explaining the issue: the question was too broad, now ...


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As Tim B explained, there are many good reasons for moderators to have the power to take immediate action, sometimes even in the face of community disagreement. This is not just limited to putting questions on hold; it also includes deleting posts, marking as spam, and at the extreme end even destroying entire user accounts and feeding them into the spam-...


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Especially, please don't use flags to try to delete answers that are wrong answers. Downvote those (and consider helping to improve them). Use flags for things that don't even answer the question, or that are spam or abusive. Close votes are for questions that should be closed, not questions you'd just rather not see. Close reasons include "too broad" ...


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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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I think 3 closevotes is less suitable for this site than 5. I think that, because we have more subjective rules, it is more important that there is a broader consensus that a question deserves closure. Worldbuilding.SE is the most creative Stack site; and that makes the rules the most subjective, the most open to interpretation. That is an unwelcome but ...


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While there is no explicit rule against answering a question you voted to close, Michael is right in what he said. If the question is too broad, you should not answer it. Apart from the fact that it encourages people to ask poor question and not improve them ('But I got my answer, so I don't care about improving it'), the question is also likely to change ...


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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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Just looking at the links you've provided, I think the answer is evident in at least the first and last questions as they've been closed. The last one in particular is clearly too broad and therefore invalid. The first one is a little more subjective. One could argue that it's a Physics SE question dressed up with a knight to make it fit WB, but technically ...


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It's hard to answer a general question with only one example, so I'll just address that example. When the question was put on hold, it read (in its entirety): From how much of a planet's surface will the Space Elevator be visible? On Earth, from how much of a planet's surface will the Space Elevator be visible? The worldbuilding aspect is not at all clear ...


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Hi and congratulations on making the 500 reputation mark. Worldbuilding is in the transition between beta and graduated site. As such we have now elected moderators, ads like graduated sites, but while the theme is in preparation, we don't get to the graduated reputation scale. That's the last element to happen. We don't know yet when this will be done, ...


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I spent a bit of time digging into this. I looked at the past 365 of questions posted on the site to get the numbers. Here is what I found: Over the past 365 days, there were 6,534 questions asked, of these: 3,313 have received at least one close vote or flag, 2,135 questions were closed, 1,534 of the questions had at least one close vote or flag that ...


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What would you do with this information if you had it? If the question garners enough votes to be put on hold, the identities of the voters are shown. If it doesn't, why do you care? It didn't work. Close voters who wish to identify themselves can do so. Many do, via comments, but they aren't obligated to. If you want to talk about the status of a ...


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The question wasn't closed because it was unclear what was being asked. The question was closed because it was too opinion based. Personally I think that is an excellent question to discuss with friends over coffee or alcohol. The thing is that discussion questions are a bad format for this site. Discussion prompts are great for talking over for hours. ...


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I think there are three parts to this meta question, beyond what is explicitly asked: The specific question you've mentioned, What kind of poisons could be used in a hospital setting? To what degree precedent matters, and how the scope evolves dynamically over time. Close voting (which you're suggesting some users are doing too often, or irresponsibly) ...


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Just wanted to encourage you to make use of the sandbox to tune your questions before posting them, as people can help you avoid certain pitfalls. Also, come visit the chat, as we can help you potentially focus and clarify your question to its core, and also it's a lot of fun. As to your yes/no question, it might be getting down voted for a lack of ...


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From the help center: Use your downvotes whenever you encounter an egregiously sloppy, no-effort-expended post, or an answer that is clearly and perhaps dangerously incorrect. Just because a question isn't fitting for this site, such as being too broad or off-topic, doesn't mean you should downvote. Downvotes are a way of marking a post as ...


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Moderators have moderator powers for a reason - to moderate. As part of that process we do not vote on subjective cases, we vote on cases where we are sure that it is the right thing to do. You can find several places on this site where we were not sure and so we waited and only voted once 3 or 4 votes had already been made or in fact didn't vote at all and ...


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I do agree that (subjectively at least) there appear to be more closures of late. That said (and again subjectively), I haven't noticed a considerable increase in 'off-topic' closures. There have been more duplicates, and more 'unclear what you're asking' closures, and I think there have also been a few more 'too broad' closures as well. I would also like ...


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I just spent an hour writing an answer to a question only to discover that it is put on hold as primarily opnion-based. And this is by far not the first experience within a short time I am on this site. This is a very frustrating situation not just for the author of a question but also someone who believes the question is legit. </end rant> Most of ...


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Could do a wording change. Instead of "Vote to Close", "Closed", and even "On Hold", the wording could just be changed to "Paused". Everyone knows that a pause is temporary, and so seeing that your question is paused is less alarming than "Closed"...


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This is one of the most popular feature requests on Meta SE, and it has been declined for (I presume) the following reason: If a moderator is certain that a question should be closed, then he should just close it. A moderator who would cast one vote when he could cast 5 shouldn't vote at all. from a comment by Shog9. It's probably also worth reading more ...


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