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I've never looked at the close-votes queue till today.

Of nine posts, more than a third were flagged off-topic though I thought they were quite obviously appropriate for Travel.

Is this a common occurrence?

Related but not duplicate: Voting on-topic questions off-topic

  • Can you cite some examples? Voting to close is one thing; for a question actually to be put on hold requires five experienced users to agree. It may be that you are simply more forgiving than others. – choster Apr 24 '18 at 20:02
  • I didn't say on hold. Vote to close review queue. I cannot cite them because the queue is now empty. But several of them were unmistakeably on-topic. And one was flagged "unclear what you're asking" when it fact it was VERY clear. First time I ever looked at that particular queue, so I just wonder whether that was a common pattern. Maybe somebody got up on the wrong side of the bed and took it out on Travel.SE – WGroleau Apr 24 '18 at 20:42
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I spend a lot of time in the review queues and usually find that flagging is appropriate. I wonder sometimes just how opinion-related a question needs to be to be closed - that's about the only area where things get really ambiguous for me. I tend to give those questions the benefit of the doubt, as giving some discussion of options and merits is a useful exercise for future readers, even if there is some subjectivity afoot.

I tend to flag quite a few posts myself for transfer over to Expatriates, but I find they tend to be pretty obvious.

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