I've voted to close How to convey a message that will convince an unknown person to not urinate next to my garage door? only minutes ago.
It was being mentioned on meta in: How should we edit questions that are an XY problem?
I agreed with the author of that question that this question isn't really a good fit for IPS, especially considering what I've learned lately about our scope. But it feels kind of weird to be close-voting questions that have existed for months.
I can imagine that as we further define our scope, more questions from the early days of the site are placed under scrutiny on meta. Should we close these questions, even after all the time they have existed here?
I can also imagine casting a close vote on a question and leaving a comment, without the question being discussed on meta first. Is this an okay thing to do, if it helps us define our scope? I'm thinking it could prevent "But question A was allowed last month while question B was recently closed, and they are very similar".
Should we go through our 'old' questions and re-define which are on-topic and which are not? Should we close-vote right away, or discuss them on meta first?
The day after posting this question, I've seen several questions in my review queue where a close-vote was cast retro-actively:
- How to deal with high tempered and angry people
- Should I lie to my friend if it inspires him to do something good?
Sadly, the original close-vote caster never left a comment explaining
- To the OP of the question why a close vote was cast after all this time
- To other reviewers why the question should be closed.
If you want to do this fine, but leave comments or even better: a link to a discussion on meta!