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Magic is primarily opinion-based by definition, so what does a POB VTC mean?

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 ...
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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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Mutually-exclusive goals and how to discover them

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 ...
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Magic is primarily opinion-based by definition, so what does a POB VTC mean?

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-...
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How/why does the Community mod close questions?

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 ...
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Why were *two* mods required to close this question?

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 ...
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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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Can we make "on hold" less terrible?

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 ...
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How to deal with changing close-vote reasons

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 ...
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Is it Fair to Encourage People to NOT Answer Questions that Need to be Closed?

As a user of this site, and as a moderator, I've seen a number of questions that received close votes for being 'bad', that to me as a subject matter expert in certain areas were eminently reasonable ...
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Can mods be changed to cast close votes like everyone else not as a moderator?

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 ...
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Flags and close votes are not super downvotes

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, ...
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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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Testing 3-vote Closures & Reopenings and the Value of Closing Questions

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....
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Answering a Question you Closed

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 ...
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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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Should ridiculous valid questions be answered or closed?

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 ...
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Are we being too picky about what we call Worldbuilding?

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 ...
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Privileges, Timing, and Beta

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 ...
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Is there hard data on close votes?

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, ...
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Request : Public close voting

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....
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Closing hurdle for well received questions

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 ...
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How to be a close voter

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 ...
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What Am I Doing Wrong?

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 ...
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Should I downvote a question that I am also voting to close or put on hold?

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 ...
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Can mods be changed to cast close votes like everyone else not as a moderator?

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 ...
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Have I become too strict with my VTC votes?

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 ...
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Closed question "This question needs details or clarity" but without explanation of what should be more detailed of clarified

Two thoughts here, in general, but applicable to the OP's situation: for the Close Voters in ány question whatsoever: please give a reason! You're not helping a querent by voting to close a question ...
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Is it Fair to Encourage People to NOT Answer Questions that Need to be Closed?

Let's not become the Thought Police. Given the site we are let's start with a quote from Babylon 5 : I am Grey. I stand between the candle and the star. We are Grey. We stand between the darkness and ...
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