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Are there certain circumstances where one should close an old question as the duplicate of a new one?

Absolutely. The age of a question is completely irrelevant when choosing duplicates. What we want is the best, most comprehensive and inclusive answer. If a question asked today has better answers ...
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Shouldn't we stop closing questions instantly as Off-Topic if we see the words "mint", "debian", etc.?

Yes. "Mint," "Debian," "Kali," etc., don't mean "stop paying attention." You're right that it's bad to robo-close questions based on the presence of specific ...
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Vote to close specifics

As I understand it, it is a moderator who does so. Any user with at least 3000 reputation points may cast a close (or reopen) vote. On this site, diamond moderators rarely participate in close voting,...
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What are the acceptable number of close votes to initiate per day?

Vote to close as many questions as you legitimately think need closing - no more, no less. If you're going organically, it's fine to use no close votes a day. Similarly, it's fine to use all fifty in ...
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Seeking support/feedback about closure flags not resulting in a page closure

I am not debating the validity of your individual flags. The validity of each flag can be debated for a lot of flags. I think this question is based on a lack of information and feedback due to your ...
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Are there certain circumstances where one should close an old question as the duplicate of a new one?

The obvious one: newer question has better quality answers than the old one. Is this even a real question?
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Duplicate circle?

It means the question you were trying to close it against was already closed as a duplicate of this question. Hence a circle ;) Please don't close questions against questions already closed as a ...
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Do we need a vacuum cleaner? (corvee week?)

I've been playing janitor on close votes ever since I broke 3k. Even attacking the close queue every day I can't make a dent. Perhaps boosting the number that can be reviewed in a day would help? ...
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Methods for combating EOL questions

Your points here ignore the simple fact that not all questions about EOL releases are automatically off-topic so any system that attempts to look at tags needs to be intelligent enough to work out ...
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Are we too fast in closing questions as unclear?

As always, it depends Looking at a question like: PLZ HELP ME ASAP error: some-error another error -> some totally unclear error .... 50-lines-of-crap .... some-unclear-result I'd say Shoot on ...
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Are we too fast in closing questions as unclear?

Answers to unclear questions rely on guesswork. This can lead to answerers barking up the wrong tree, bad answers, good answers to the wrong question, and a host of confusion. It's best that unclear ...
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Are we too fast in closing questions as unclear?

Closing questions is well, even when it is too fast. But it would be preferable to leave a comment explaining what they can do to improve it. Let's take an example here: Environment still acting ...
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When does Community ♦ vote to close a question?

When the OP of the question agrees that their post is a duplicate, a binding vote by the Community user is cast and closed. See this MSE post for more details: New UI encourages askers to confirm or ...
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Do we need a vacuum cleaner? (corvee week?)

Luis Alvarado is our resident vacuum cleaner. Upvote if you agree or are Luis Alvarado, downvote if you do not agree :) I'll will max my reviewing for today soon Related: How can we encourage 3k+ ...
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Why was this question closed?

There can be a example of what was the case with Windows 8 or 8.1 and that would also likely occur with Windows 10. A question on something that's not out yet is just asking for speculation. So make ...
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It is off-topic now, but it wasn't then, so do I vote to close?

So really my question is, if for instance somebody has asked a question about Ubuntu 13.10, and they asked it when it was the current release, do I vote to close it now as it still does not have an ...
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Flag vs Close, when to use?

When you are a 3000+ user and try to flag a question to close, you automatically get redirected to close menu. Actually you just cast a close vote. You can't do both. Lower rep users can only flag.
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Shouldn't we stop closing questions instantly as Off-Topic if we see the words "mint", "debian", etc.?

Questions that mention Mint or any other unofficial derivative should not be immediately closed, but they most likely do require additional scrutiny. If a problem exists with only Mint (or the OP is ...
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Question with an accepted answer is being close voted as unclear one and a half years after the answer was accepted

Sadly, this was likely the result of a combination of "Fastest Gun in the West" syndrome and "Let's all pile on everyone else thinks it should be closed so I do too." Sadly reviewers often fail to ...
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How to open a certain question in the Close Votes queue?

To add to Zanna's answer, since we are <10k rep users, what I usually do is filter the Close Votes queue to certain criteria of a question I want to vote on. If I take this question as an example: ...
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How to open a certain question in the Close Votes queue?

I'd prefer that too :/ Unfortunately, only mods can do that. See this feature request on Meta Stack Exchange. When I want to find the review of a post, I look at the review history page and scroll ...
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Should this question be closed or answered?

I don't think this is a bug report, as they are simply stating they have this issue and it's a known issue already reported upstream and already indicated as "Not Supported" (which is an answer!) nor ...
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Shouldn’t we lower the close/reopen vote threshold?

The post you linked to on Stack Overflow has strong community support. It seems the change was received very positively. However, my feeling is that the change was made to cope with the fact that the ...
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What happened to "blatantly off-topic"?

"Blatantly Off Topic" was created in a time when we envisioned folks becoming horribly lost and asking how to find their lost cat on a site about mathematics. But as the size and experience-level of ...
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Are we too fast in closing questions as unclear?

There is no such thing as closing bad questions too fast. If a question is not a good fit for the site, it should be closed to both indicate that it is off-topic or a duplicate and to prevent it from ...
4 votes

Why don't close votes reset on a question when the review ends?

This is not per se a defense of the specific details of the current system, because there are several designs that I think could work well, and the current design is not necessarily optimal. With ...
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Why don't close votes reset on a question when the review ends?

They don't reset immediately. They begin to age away immediately, however, and in ~1 week or so, will be gone. From this Meta SE post: [W]hen the aging task fires it just looks at every post that ...
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Socratic badge amount gone down unfairly with off-topic I cast on my own post

Off-topic is considered a negative close reason, whoever started it. In the future, if you post something that you're not sure about, just delete it. You should be able to undelete it later on if you ...
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Shouldn’t we lower the close/reopen vote threshold?

I don't think we need those changes to be implemented right now on Ask Ubuntu. Stack Overflow is big, very big. Daily ~6000 are posted there. On the other hand, Ask Ubuntu gets ~200 questions per day ...
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Shouldn’t we lower the close/reopen vote threshold?

I don't advocate lowering the vote threshold for closing questions from 5 to 3 like Stack Overflow does for two reasons. Stack Overflow has many more users than Ask Ubuntu in general and many more ...
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