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It doesn't seem quite right to me. If they vote to close, it's either because they consider it off topic, or unclear. If it's unclear, they shouldn't answer (or vice versa - if it's answerable, it's not unclear). If it's off topic, it doesn't seem right to answer. If someone wants to help despite being off topic, some at SE (specifically SO) would ...


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It's 3000. See: https://judaism.stackexchange.com/help/privileges If you have at least 15 points then you can flag the post for close/reopen review.


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It seems like a bad idea to close a question as a duplicate of another question that's closed for any reason. The point of closing as a duplicate is to direct people interested in the new manifestation of the question to another post where an older manifestation is already getting answers. If the target post is closed then by definition it's not getting ...


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I recommend closing using any reason that is relevant, with priority going to whichever would be most likely to point the author in the direction of a constructive edit1. Then, if you think that the post has many issues that prevent it from being a good fit, I recommend leaving a comment that explains all of the issues and requests correction of them. If we ...


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I am on Meta now! You are talking about my question. It is a question. I want to know what you want from me. It is Judaism. It is about a Judaism thing where you people call my name again and again. It is for Purim. It is really about a song not about people calling my name. I am not stupid. I know this is From When and not really my name. I am pretending to ...


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Yes, in my opinion. The very fact that the software allows for it means that it's expected that the community may decide, even much later, that a question is off-topic or otherwise should be closed to further answers. (This is in contrast to some other things, like migration to another site, which are impossible after a certain amount of time.) Note also ...


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First, I’d like to distinguish between the five questions. PTIJ: What do you people want? was asked in a very Purimdik tone; the problem here is on the Q&A side, not the Purim side. I don’t see an easy way to preserve both. Then there’s the other four: PTIJ: I am very humble and I want you to know it PTIJ: What is the proper attire for women in ...


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All questions which could be pertinent should have a disclaimer attached to the bottom. Possible wording, open to suggestions on improving it: This question deals with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please speak with your doctor and Rabbi before following any advice discussed here.


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Let me contrast three different but similar questions as way of explaining my rationale behind close voting. How does hair grow? Does it grow from its tips, or does it grow from its roots? How does hair grow? A practical difference would be if a Nazir's hair was cut, but not completely; does he have to start his entire count over again? Chazal say that hair ...


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I think your second bullet point is not quite correct, nor does the page you link to therefrom say what you here say in that bullet point. A question is not on-topic merely by dint of its being "discussed in Rabbinic Literature", as you put it, but only if the question cites and is framed as an attempt to understand such literature. The eye question fails ...


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The ease of the fix is not reason to implement it, as there are plenty of bad posts which wouldn't be of much value even if they could be brought on topic. (Adding the bracketed phrase to "I saw the word משה [in a Jewish text]. What does it mean?" doesn't produce a question of significant value, IMO.) It's not anyone's responsibility to fix other people's ...


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Incorrect attribution of close votes is frustrating, yes. It's also a longstanding problem; that feature request to fix it is from 2010. (Sigh.) As I noted there last year, since the request was made they did fix this specifically for off-topic reasons; if five people all vote off-topic but for different sub-reasons, the winning reason only shows the ...


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No disclaimer is needed. We already have one in the top-right of the main site, and that's sufficient to let users know that they shouldn't be coming here for practical advice. Our regular RFP rules are enough; we don't need anything more aggressive, even under the circumstances.


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I think it depends on context. Here's what I try to do (anywhere on the network, not just here where my vote is binding): If the user is new, leave a comment. The ask-hold-huh?-fix-reopen cycle can scare away people who don't yet understand how SE works. If I can ask for clarification or suggest narrowing scope or whatever, and the person can fix it ...


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Yes, it should be a factor in the decision. Closing for duplicate is a special case - there is no reason to avoid upvoting the question, or closing a highly upvoted question in that case. The duplicate question could be better asked than the original and worthy of upvotes and attention, which lead people to the other question to actually post answers. That ...


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I would say that for the most part it doesn't really matter, but I think that in general "Unclear what you're asking" should come first. If we can't understand what is being asked then we presumably (albeit with certain exceptions) can't judge whether it is Too Broad, Primarily Opinion-Based, Off-Topic, or a duplicate.


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No, if the question should be closed, don't vote to reopen it: that's counterproductive in that it opens the question to answers (at least temporarily, and you may not garner enough reclosure votes). If the closure reason is wrong, you can express your opinion in a comment on the question or in chat.


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After all these votes indicate that the topic is of interest. Unfortunately, interesting, does not an on topic question make. To borrow from this excellent answer: the cons of letting an off topic question through even if it is upvoted include: .. the noise of a non-technical non-helpful question. .. and the bad precedent that confuses new users about what ...


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