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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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A friendly reminder that one can EDIT as well as close a question

I would like to expand on the usefulness of the edit button presented in the review queues (both the close vote and the low quality queue). For the close vote review queue, it is explicitly mentioned ...
Jan's user avatar
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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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Adding detail to existing "encyclopedic" questions - a proposal

Summary: SE explictly encourages having lots of questions ("millions of questions... [so] someone types a question into Google and finds their exact question already answered"). It also allows "...
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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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Should showing zero research be a close-reason?

"Lack of research" is present on many other network sites to avoid the sites being cluttered with low quality questions asking for basic things: .SE network is not a substitute for Google or any other ...
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Usage of flagging with close vote privileges

Your close flags are actually considered close votes once you acquire the close vote privilege. Therefore flagging for closure or voting to close, for you, are the same thing. Quoting from the linked ...
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Should showing zero research be a close-reason?

I like this proposal, but I want to say that I think it's a subjective judgement and therefore we should generally err on the side of keeping questions open. However, to give an example of what I ...
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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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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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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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Should showing zero research be a close-reason?

I think this should not be a close reason. Lack of research does not by itself make a question harder to answer, and that is what should matter. From the viewpoint of questions that are found later ...
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Should showing zero research be a close-reason?

I think it should be a case by case examination. If you hover over the upvote on a Q you will see "this question shows research effort, it is useful and clear". So at the minimum I expect someone to ...
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Adding detail to existing "encyclopedic" questions - a proposal

What you call an encyclopaedic question is referred to as a canonical question in SE jargon. Many, if not most, SE sites use, accept, and rely upon these to close duplicates of commonly asked ...
JoErNanO's user avatar
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Locking of close options

Such a change would require updates to the software behind Stack Exchange, and thus have network-wide implications. It was requested several years ago; see MSE at Allow another close vote after ...
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Adding detail to existing "encyclopedic" questions - a proposal

I can only agree with the opinion of @EugeneO and the discussion he is starting here is very valuable! I have made the same point as a comment to the question that got subsequently ignored/...
mts's user avatar
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3 votes
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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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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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(Closes in one day) Updating our "price-shopping for specific goods or services" close reason to use the new close reason system

Here's my incomplete 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 ...
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Buried wheelie bins versus writing on churches. Clearly defined criteria?

I think the odds of finding an answer to this question are greater at this site than at a Home Improvement site. All the regulars here have an interest in other countries, and their customs, ...
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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 ...
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When voting to close as unclear, please briefly explain why, and request clarification from OP

There was a similar discussion on Meta Stackexchange going back to 2010. While it may be courteous to explain what is unclear it has never been the policy of Stackexchange to require people doing so. ...
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Usage of flagging with close vote privileges

The reason why you still see a flag link after gaining the close questions priviledge is that there are other reasons you may want to flag for than closure. However, Stack Exchange wanted to keep the ...
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Will Question on Work and Travel in Montréal be reopened after requested edits have been made?

Yes, it was reopened Oct 18 '15 at 22:40 and remains Open at present. At present it has one answer (+7) ... but no Acceptance.
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How can a normal user handle an incorrectly closed question?

The intended way for a user who does not have the reopening priviledge to handle incorrectly (in their eyes) closed questions is the following workflow: comment on why you think the question is ...
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