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Since December 2017, we’ve had a close reason that certain questions should be discussed only in private. Does this mean that we should, for instance, go through the tag and close many of those questions? What is the official guideline for dealing with these questions?

  • The official policy is in the FAQ (cited in the close reason itself) and is quoted literally right there in the link you provide. What clarifications do you still need? – Double AA Jan 9 '18 at 0:52
  • @DoubleAA “Does this mean that we should...go through the sexuality tag and close every single question?” I didn’t think it was such a complicated question. Is that a yes? – DonielF Jan 9 '18 at 1:05
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    If you think the policy applies to a question, vote to close it, independent of its tags. The existence of a custom boilerplate close text doesn't change anything. The policy has been in place for years. Do you think the policy applies to every single question tagged sexuality? – Double AA Jan 9 '18 at 1:07
  • @MonicaCellio I don't see what that title has to do with the body post. The title question can be answered with "with as much time as you are willing to contribute to the site, like with any moderation-type issue" but that doesn't seem to answer the body – Double AA Jan 9 '18 at 2:18
  • @DoubleAA it sounded like he was asking if, now that we have this close reason, we should go through all the likely candidates to close them. I see now that maybe he meant "close all" as opposed to "review all". Donniel, can you clarify with an edit? If what I answered isn't what you meant to ask, I'll delete that answer. – Monica Cellio Jan 9 '18 at 2:21
  • @MonicaCellio I meant either one, though I suppose this is more a job for the community (review) than for the mods (close). – DonielF Jan 9 '18 at 2:34
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I'm speaking as an individual; the moderators haven't discussed this as a team.

There are currently 231 questions tagged , 206 of which are open. I doubt that all of them should be closed, though I wouldn't be surprised if some should be. By the way, another 141 have been deleted.

It's possible to ask questions about delicate topics in appropriate ways. Generally, the more clinical the question is, the better it fits. (Of course anything that seems to be seeking a personal ruling would already be close-worthy.) So "close all the sexuality questions" probably isn't the best response.

If you come across a question that you feel should be closed under our new close reason (or any other), please vote to close. If you want to spend some time reviewing older questions with this in mind, feel free. I'll ask that you not put 200 posts in the review queue all at once, just to keep the workload reasonable, but cleanup efforts are fine if you're thoughtfully evaluating each question.

If you feel a question is off-topic but could be fixed, and the user is still active on the site, consider leaving a comment explaining the issue. Closures don't generate notifications, and (speaking from personal experience) it can be a little disconcerting to visit one of your old questions and find that the community closed it without you even being aware so you could fix it. Use your judgement, of course; if you can't see how it could be fixed or the user hasn't been around in years, there's no point in pinging the person.

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