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Buried wheelie bins versus writing on churches. Clearly defined criteria?

"Local customs" questions are about understanding how things are done in your destination - those things locals "just know" but visitors aren't in a position to figure out on their own. It's not (as ...
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Why were my questions based on Thomas Kinkade unilaterally deleted or closed?

Let's say I am asking that I want to see a vista like this in the picture. World of Avatar in Nighttime by Jedi94, CC BY-SA 4.0 Why it is a bad question? Several reasons: We want to have an ...
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Too many questions in close vote queue

This is one of the regular attempts to clean up the lower quality posts, and specifically, a lot of these ones are ones where the original poster was asked to provide clarity or detail, then never ...
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Can I ask for recommendations for a place in a picture?

A general rule for all Stack Exchange sites is that we do not do recommendations. Besides, all questions are supposed to have one 'right' answer or at least a small number of good answers and your ...
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Closure: 'How long will online flight search engines need to feature and include NewLeaf?'

Yes — but please be patient! Much like closing, reopening takes five explicit votes from users to occur. Typically, users will browse the newest or active questions which will mean that they quickly ...
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When voting to close as unclear, please briefly explain why, and request clarification from OP

I'll disagree with Karlson on this one. You don't have to, but it's not very helpful. Just like the discussion on meta about closing Q with no research, my approach is a case by case. New/recent ...
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Can we close some identify-this questions for being stalkery?

Putting this out for voting purposes: We should delete all picture location requests where someone is in the photo or clearly been blocked out of the photo. Those picture location requests which are ...
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'Are there any free phone plans in the Toronto area?': closed?

I don't understand how the previous question is analogous at all. That question was asking why a FreedomPop customer was assessed a roaming charge when traveling in Barcelona. Your question asks ...
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Are pros and cons questions opinion based?

Update after the edit: wow, perfect, and it got a great answer too. Nice! Before the edit: The essence of the question looks fine to me, but: 1) the criteria aren't clear, and 2) it's phrased in a ...
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What's the problem with question about number of guests in single hotel room?

Personally, I think that asking "Do Hotel receipts show number of guests?" is too broad since it will inevitably depend on the country, the establishment and a combination of both. Reducing the scope ...
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Can we close some identify-this questions for being stalkery?

Putting this out for voting purposes. The stalking was not always obvious to me at first sight but those are not especially interesting questions (nobody can search for them) so I think closing them ...
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Editing an older answer and subsequently marking a newer question as a duplicate

I own this one. The question was about providing onward travel tickets instead of return tickets. I looked at the 'canonical' and noted that it could be improved by changing 'return' to 'return/...
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What is a shopping question?

Contrarian opinion: I think we interpret "shopping questions" way too broadly, and close a lot of things that shouldn't be closed as a result. Consider this question, where the OP is asking how much ...
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When voting to close as unclear, please briefly explain why, and request clarification from OP

A good writer will be able to figure out why it's unclear and fix it. But not everyone is a good writer. "It's totally obvious to me what I meant!" So, while an explanation may not be mandatory, it'...
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Why don't we have the "blatantly off-topic" option as a close reason?

When you choose to vote to close there is the option "Off-topic", and when you choose that you're given a number of pre-worded of topic close reasons. If none of these options suit, there is also ...
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Too many questions in close vote queue

It's the hats fever. Every year around this time you shall see a lot of activities that you do not usually see at high numbers during the rest of the year. Nothing to worry about. Don't even feel ...
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Updating the "immigration or moving for extended periods of time" community-specific close reason to use the new five-field close reason system

Here's my proposal of the wording. The primary intent of this answer is to get started with a basic frame of what each field is supposed to represent. To see exactly where each field is used, see the ...
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How is my question opinion-based?

Agreed, example of a factual, non-opinion-based answer: the result of a poll amongst former CouchSurfing users. I voted to re-reopen. You could try posting your question to https://www.reddit.com/r/...
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On closing questions as primarily opinion-based

I've personally been giving the benefit of the doubt on opinion-based questions. We certainly don't want to be telling people "this is the best way" or "this is the best thing"... but that doesn't ...
Jim MacKenzie's user avatar
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Question about domestic tolls in India was wrongly closed as a duplicate

It's open again now :)
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The WANTA™ debate (We are not travel agents)

I just asked this: https://travel.stackexchange.com/questions/87320/options-for-travelling-from-amsterdam-to-walldorf-germany a few hours ago, and it was based on lots and lots of similarly-worded ...
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Are questions seeking experience-based answers off topic?

I think that questions that are answered based on experience are just fine, though they can run the risk of becoming primarily opinion-based if they are entirely about experience rather than facts (e....
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Editing an older answer and subsequently marking a newer question as a duplicate

On seeing your question, user Gayot Fow was inclined to notice that the existing answer they had placed was wrong - return tickets are not an absolute requirement, merely onwards travel that the ...
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Too many questions in close vote queue

I had some time to do some of the review queue and most of them could or should have been closed some weeks after asking as 'not enough information and OP clearly not coming back to clarify.' So vote ...
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Are questions seeking experience-based answers off topic?

You have a faulty premise: "anecdotal" doesn't mean exactly the same as "from experience". Say you want to know when a specific museum opens. The web site says 9am, but you got there at 9:01 and it ...
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Improve "price shopping" off-topic text

Yes, at the very least adding a link to Q&A is Hard, Let's Go Shopping! would be helpful. Possibly instead of the link to What is a shopping question? because the Accepted answer there (+10/-1), ...
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Would this question have been too broad if I hadn't restricted it to a certain country?

Obviously, if someone did expect a bullet point list of the policies of every country on earth, that'd be a bit much. However, questions like this are usually answerable usefully without getting into ...
user56reinstatemonica8's user avatar
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Are pros and cons questions opinion based?

I voted to close as opinion based because the criteria you mention - hiking difficulty, extent of the support infrastructure, sightseeing - are all subjective. Hiking difficulty depends on training ...
JoErNanO's user avatar
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On closing questions as primarily opinion-based

I disagree a little, but didn't downvote (I upvoted). Sometimes editing removes the original intent of the author, if we misunderstand what they wanted. The text that appears after it's closed ...
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