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Concern about the usage of downvotes and close votes on questions

tl&dr; You aren't making the world a better place by driving out people who could really benefit from learning why their desired approach to a scenario is distasteful or otherwise "unacceptable" (or ...
Jess K.'s user avatar
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Alright folks... Once again, not liking the perspective of the OP is not a reason to close a question

I hadn't set eyes on the question until I saw this meta post, so this is a new perspective. I see several issues with it. It's not clear. Perhaps it's just me, but I don't understand the question ...
HDE 226868's user avatar
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Should "How to respond to someone when they ask 'How come you're still single?'" be reopened?

No. This question as written should not be reopened. As far as I'm concerned this isn't a type of question that we should welcome on this site. The question comes down to "Give me a bunch of ...
Catija's user avatar
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Has there been a change in policy regarding suicide prevention questions?

I've been talking with a moderator in the Teacher's Lounge and I can't say there's been a change in policy. The question you flagged and I answered is not the traditional suicide question about the ...
Jon Ericson's user avatar
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Should these two specific questions be tagged [feminism]?

Perhaps we're misusing the tag entirely. Neither of the existing questions using it are about feminism, they're both about interacting with people who the question askers consider to be "feminists", ...
Catija's user avatar
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Can this post be reopened

I can see several issues with that post. You copied a large part, if not the whole thread, of content from another site and you don't explain what you think the problem is. So before anything, people ...
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Why was my question about how many photos to take negatively received, while a similar question was positively received?

The similar question was about etiquette and could be answered without a frame challenge. Your question added constraints which made it essentially impossible to answer, and did not support them very ...
Upper_Case's user avatar
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Why recommend editing a question if the editing is ignored afterwards?

but still gave a close vote without waiting out an edit. That's basically what close-votes are for. To put a question on-hold pending more clarification and improvements, to avoid you getting bad ...
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Can I ask this theory question?

Mods are not able to lift question bans. Even if they could, they'd be unlikely to do so as the ban is there to give you some time to work on your question asking skills. You will be able to post ...
Rainbacon's user avatar
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How can I improve my question about interacting in a political discussion group?

I've read your question a couple of times now, and... I'm not totally sure what you want. Remember, the purpose of asking questions is to solve some real problem that you face, or at least a problem ...
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Should this question about convincing others about a specific political viewpoint be closed? Why?

Questions such as this must not rely on asking for help in creating an actual argument for the person asking. We are not here to further the person's political/religious/personal goals, we are here to ...
Catija's user avatar
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Why was my question closed? How can I improve it?

Hmm... You found my answer! (internal pride :P) I'm going to argue why that question is on-topic for the site. To do this, I'll simply ask the same question as I did in my linked answer: Is this ...
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Alright folks... Once again, not liking the perspective of the OP is not a reason to close a question

Ex Software Recommendations pro-tem mod here - with experience on a site with an odd scope, I don't think these actions are wrong, especially as it was the community, rather than an individual. And......
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Request reopen question (Is the waitress nice to me ...)

You hit the nail on the head: No way to know, use your intuition No way to know, strap on yer brass ones and go for it Both answers you suggest are No way to know This is the ...
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Questionable custom close reason

As one of those who originally voted to close it, I'm ready to receive a public beating, but please hear me out first. Flater wrote a comment, that covers it excellently and is worth being presevered ...
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How should we answer this question about a person selling newspapers on a subway station

I think you're trying to apply that meta question/answer to this question when it doesn't actually relate in this case. In my answer to "To what extent do we respect the OP's request?", I'm ...
Catija's user avatar
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What's wrong with these "too broad" questions?

I don't have any strong feelings that either of these questions should absolutely be open or closed but I thought I would at least share some info that might be invisible to most users here. How to ...
Catija's user avatar
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Why were some comments removed?

I deleted the comments. Any post with more than twenty comments is autoflagged by the system. As a moderator, it's my job to review them and determine if the comments need to be there. In this case, I ...
Catija's user avatar
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Why do I get “on hold”?

"Asking "What should I do?" is off topic. - Questions should ask for help achieving a specific goal. Your question is asking for personal advice on "what to do" without defining a goal; this is too ...
spiral succulent's user avatar
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Was my question really too-broad?

tl;dr I think your question should not be considered too broad. However, we need to come up with better guidelines than what currently exist for writing questions about understanding social norms. ...
Rainbacon's user avatar
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Why is a specific question down voted?

If you hover over the downvote button, it says: This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful. Given that 'official' reason for downvotes, and numerous feature ...
Tinkeringbell's user avatar
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Is there something transphobic about my comment?

To set the stage, the Code of Conduct: No bigotry. We don’t tolerate any language likely to offend or alienate people based on race, gender, sexual orientation, or religion — and those are just a ...
Em C's user avatar
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Can the question about using the word "queer" be reopened, after a quick edit?

Two things: First, I too think there could be a lot of value to this post if the question were to be rephrased to something more along the lines of "I don't like the word queer, I don't have the ...
Jess K.'s user avatar
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How does "primarily opinion-based" apply to questions about interpersonal skills?

Your question was closed as opinion based, because it was effectively asking "What should I do?". As is discussed here such questions are not a good fit for this site. Since we don't have a custom ...
sphennings's user avatar
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Why was my question about how many photos to take negatively received, while a similar question was positively received?

Firstly, I want to make it clear that unless we asked all of the people who voted on both of them, we simply have no way of knowing what they were actually thinking about these questions. That being ...
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What makes the family holiday gatherings question too broad?

I haven't seen the entire history of comments and close votes. However, without passing judgment on whether the question is too broad, I do see how people would see it as broad. My overall ...
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Can the question about using the word "queer" be reopened, after a quick edit?

I would be inclined to say that the question should be deleted, because salvaging it requires changing it completely. I think we're all on the same page so far, in that if they had perhaps asked the ...
Groggo's user avatar
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Edit war, part 1: With regards to question nr. 11471 about an abusive co-worker

(1) The user's edit was unfortunately not true to the author's original intent which is still clearly visible in comments. Since OP has made his intentions clear on the record, such an edit wouldn't ...
English Student's user avatar
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What close-reasons were applied to close this question, and why?

Update: The OP has listened to our queries and has re-worded as such, I think it's fit to reopen now. Good job! I voted to close this as off-topic when really I should have chosen 'unclear what you'...
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