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Voting to close and Answering are by nature contradictory actions. The very act of voting to close is saying that the question isn't worth writing an answer for. It's fine if you change your mind after making one of the actions. People change their minds sometimes. If this is the case, you have the option to undo your first action by rescinding your ...


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I haven't read the question, but FWIW -9 downvotes (and counting), and zero upvotes, is a sign that the question isn't controversial at all. Only troll types of questions get that type of verdict. And just the very first line of the question is such a huge troll that it warrants a downvote and close vote then and there. Controversial questions get positive ...


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Thank you for calling attention to this. But I don't see a reason for mod intervention here yet, because the community handles this issue very well on its own. It takes 5 people to close a question. In both examples, all people reviewed as "leave open". So unless we actually get a coordinated group of at least 5 people who conspire to close all questions ...


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There are two ways to cast close votes on a question (for users with sufficient privileges, of course): via the review queue by clicking on "close" below the question itself The close-votes cast via these two methods are added. But only those cast via the review queue appear in the review history. Those cast on the question itself do not.


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A close-vote is not a super down-vote. Voting to close simply means that this question either does not belong here or needs some modifications before it can be answered. You can really like a question, but still think it doesn't belong here. In that case you could upvote, but still vote to close. You can also think a question shows little research effort ...


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I'd just let the 'roller coaster' do its thing because that seems to be entirely by design. There are certain time limits to the close votes so the roller coaster won't go on infinitely (at least not in the short term). All in all, it's not ideal that questions get closed and reopened repeatedly, but it's not the end of the world either. Fewer close votes As ...


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Yes, this is a deliberate change. See New Post Notices rollout on Stack Overflow which quotes from this blog post (emphasis mine): For people who ask questions today, if your question is closed, feedback that is directed toward you privately is shared publicly with anyone who views your question. Plus, the names of people who voted to close the question are ...


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It appears that the author's intention was to create a dupe-target for general questions about the powers of the British monarch. This is a good intention. When there are question which sound slightly different but always receive the same answer, then creating a new question which covers them all, posting a good answer to it, and closing all the old ...


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First of all, you need to keep in mind that our community consists of people, and people don't always act consistently. With borderline questions it can often be a matter of luck which questions the community lets open and which it closes. Everyone's personal decision if they vote to close or not can be influenced by appearance of the question, current mood, ...


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I think this doesn't just apply to this particular close reason but to all close reasons. Never assume malice when incompetence is a proper explanation. When a user makes unconstructive contributions, then our goal should not be to drive them off the site. Our goal should be to teach them how to use the website in a more constructive manner. The ...


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Serial voting is when a specific user is being targeted, not when a specific tag is being targeted. Users can be harassed by serial voting. Tags can't be the victims of harassment, because they're not people. I'd note that not only do both mention Israel, but they both mention Daesh, and that they're fairly similar to each other.


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Asking Why a person did something is far more likely to be opinion based than asking what they did. What they did is asking about facts. You can even ask what they have said, but just because they said something does not make it true. But this site is about facts not opinions so while asking what they said is not asking about the truth of why they did ...


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On Stack Overflow, we usually like a question to be able to stand on it's own. I.E. We want people to include the important code in their question, so people don't have to navigate off site in order to answer it. Often times, however, the project the OP is working on is very large, so we allow them to post offsite links to their code as long as the ...


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Don't be shy, make the edit. Sometimes commenting is appropriate for minor changes. Sometimes it's clear what a new user is trying to ask, but the question needs significant edits to get there. In that case, make those edits. Be respectful of the user and kindly solicit their input as to whether anything was lost in translation. This can turn a question ...


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