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No, we should not reduce the speed at which we close questions. Closing a question is not a punishment to the person who asked, nor is it meant to be a negative interaction at all. The reason we close questions is that there are certain types of questions that (for various reasons) are not a good fit for the site. This is equally true whether the asker has ...


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When users cast close votes they think the current version of the question is close worthy and intend to close the question. If the question is later fixed while the question is "on hold" that's great and obviously a preferred outcome. Effectively "closed" and "on hold" are the same thing, for a long time we didn't even have the "on hold" step, questions ...


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Stack Exchange policy is clear. You vote to close immediately when you find a question that you think should be closed, regardless of the reason: From Meta Stack Exchange: How soon should I "vote to close"? Always vote to close immediately. I explain the rationale behind this approach in further detail here. In summary: Yes, it increases the ...


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I was one of the users that upvotes @apaul's answer. And I did that after the question was put on hold. Why? Because the question could have been perfectly valid one. I voted to close as the first user, when the question was still in its first revision. I chose off-topic with a custom reason: because we're not here to give you ready made excuses. We'...


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I guess I'm the guilty party here, so I'll try to explain why I did what I did. I saw the question, read it and like most people downvoted pretty immediately. I saw it had close votes, but the question was not yet closed. I skipped the comment section and started writing what I think was an appropriate answer to a bad question. Bad meaning that what the OP ...


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In general, we should always assume the best - at least initially. And especially on a 'subjective SE' site like IPS, we know some people will not manage to write their post in a way that "works" - a fair few people come here specifically because they have problems in this area. So some people upvoted an answer - that will happen on good answers. Even if ...


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tl;dr If the question is not answerable as is, close it. If it's attracting bad answers, protect it. If all other options are exhausting and it's still bringing too much bad content, remove it from HNQ. When a question hits HNQ that we feel is incomplete (there are unaddressed comments asking for clarification), the course of action to take depends on how ...


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This isn't something we can make a blanket statement about. Questions here tend to be very broad and limiting them by culture may help combat that. Every limiting detail makes a question (potentially) more answerable, in the Stack Exchange format. I'm actually quite happy with the answer I wrote here on the question How much should we be enforcing specific ...


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When a question is submitted, it isn't always perfect. If you cannot fix any problems right then and there (a quick edit or typo), you always want to put a question on 'hold' until the problem can be addressed. Putting a question 'on hold' prevents folks from answering it while it's not clear if the question will be clarified, changed, or morph into ...


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I think the questions being considered duplicate should be done pragmatically, with the main criteria being: would answers to the original question answer this one as well? This is still a bit subjective and opinion based, but at least there is something to guide the opinion.


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There's nothing wrong with someone close voting a question they think should be closed - for whichever reason. Only diamond moderators can actually force close a question with a single vote, so if the rest of the community doesn't agree with the close vote, the question won't get closed. So, unless there are dozens of questions suddenly getting closed for ...


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The question was edited and no longer needs to be closed. For next time: please don't reopen questions that still need improving. Look through the comments if there are still open items before voting. If you disagree improvements are needed, it would be nice to provide some feedback to the people that took the time to try and ask for an improvement to ...


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Though, @Catija well-elaborated this in her answer, but I'll keep it very short and simple. I am mentioning what one of the moderators told me when I got Close Votes privileges. If you're sure that a question is completely off-topic and cannot work here or should be closed, vote to close it immediately. Though, you will have to wait for other four users (or ...


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I voted to close that questions and my close vote aged away, so I still agree with the five users who voted to close it. Here's why: Meta isn't a forum. By that, I mean that it needs to have some sort of structure. If a question in the main site is a skyscraper, with a firm foundation, then a question on meta is maybe one of those cranes used to build ...


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Update The question has since been edited. More details for the encounter have been added, which makes the relationship much clearer. The OP also has added the europe tag. It's . . . a start. It's not yet clear whether or not we should be using continent tags, but it certainly narrows things down, and in this case, it might work. I've cast the fourth (and,...


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Within the infinite variation in human activity, it's hard for me to imagine a true duplicate question for this site, at least if people are talking truly about their own specific issues. What I can see is a great deal of asking people to flesh out their questions, and to explain why their situation is different from another that has already been posted. ...


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I think part of the problem is that "Too broad" is overused, primarily because more specific off-topic reasons have not been developed yet. Such a general close reason gives poor guidance as to how to improve (if possible) the question. For example, having close reasons like: Needs more information or details - question can't be definitively ...


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As the site traffic drastically dropped since HNQ removal, closing questions is slower than before. I chose to use this at my advantage to advise new contributors on what they should do to improve their questions. Here's how I chose to approach the issue described in the question: If I see an off-topic questions with a bunch of close votes cast and with no ...


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Disclaimer: I don't know how this applies to Interpersonal Skills, not being an active participant, but I do know that this applies to most sites on the network. TL;DR: This is a good thing. If a question is too broad, unclear or opinion-based as written, it should be put on hold. The question should then be edited to become a good fit for the site so that ...


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It depends... Are you voting to close the question for reasons decided upon by the community? Or did you just create a criteria that you assumed support for and moved forward before the votes were in? Yes if a question is obviously, egregiously close worthy vote to close without hesitation. But if the question simply lacks a location, is it really too-...


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I would suggest one more edit to the title, along the lines of How can my cousin restore harmony between his Indian mother and American mother-in-law? You're really asking for advice on your cousin's behalf, and the whole string of relationships in aunt's daughter-in-law's mother is hard to parse. Putting your cousin at the center of the relationship ...


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Closing questions as duplicates works best for "objective" subjects, math, computer science, and the hard sciences generally. In "psychology" or interpersonal relationships, no two situations are exactly alike, so we should have more latitude for duplicates than on the science sites.


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