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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 than one asked four years ago, we should close the old one in favor of the new. People often think that the age of the question should somehow be a factor when ...


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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 keyword or tags, and that this is something that sometimes happens on our site, that it happened in this particular case, and that it needs to stop happening. The ...


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After a review of your close habits, the volume of stuff that comes to the site, and how it all crashes into this sort of flaming wreckage, there really is a need for increased. We've thus raised the amount of close votes on Ask Ubuntu to match Stack Overflow, at 50 votes.


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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, because the community here is relatively active in close-voting and reviewing, but on other Stack Exchange sites, moderators are more often involved in close ...


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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 a single day, as long as they're all warranted. The reasoning for this is discussed here by Jeff Atwood himself (well, for specifically the suggested edit ...


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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 low reputation. Why are the Helpful flags not resulting in a closure? Maybe these have a vote or two and are still in limbo, but I can't see this progress. ...


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


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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 what's actually being asked. That —err— automatically rules out anything fully-automated. The review queue idea isn't necessarily bad. I doubt SE would want to ...


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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 duplicate. Follow the chain to the origin!


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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? During the past week I've seen the number climb from the high nine's to the current 1k+. Due in part to the large number of flagged poor questions the heap is huge. ...


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It was a flag (not a close vote). Avinash Raj submitted the first flag and Olli confirmed it.


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Questions that are not clear enough to plausibly be answered should be closed. And there is no reason to wait to close them. After all, closed questions that are edited are automatically added to the reopen queue, and these days the system even allows us to take back our close votes. So the core thesis behind this proposal is a good one. It is simply that ...


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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+ users to review more Close Votes


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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 dispute duplicate votes


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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 sight!. In such a post is no effort whatsoever to even write down a decent question. It shouts DO MY JOB! On the other hand, we've got plenty of unclear questions,...


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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 up I tried running some code to reset my proxy, and it messed with my desktop environment. I had to put the permissions back, but even after that, my ...


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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 questions are closed immediately, until they can be clarified. Once they're clarified, they should be reopened, also as fast as possible. Closing unclear ...


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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 review properly which in my humble opinion goes like this: 1) Read what you are reviewing. 2) Follow the link to the original question and read everything to ...


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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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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 the question about Windows 8 or 8.1. Oh wait! There already is one: Will upgrading Windows 8 to 8.1 affect Ubuntu? We don't even deal with problems in pre-...


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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 accepted answer and it is now an End Of Life release? In general you leave it as it is. There are some actions to consider: If someone eventually does answer ...


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Old questions with good answers should remain open. Just remove any references to the version in the question itself. Why remove version information? If a question has an answer and the release is since EOL'd just leave it alone. Old questions that have no good answer... This seems highly subjective. If the question has an answer leave it be.


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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 clearly not running Ubuntu nor has any interest in doing so), we should close the question - we can't help. If OP edits "Mint" to "Ubuntu", that's on them. We'...


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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 through the recent pages to find the post I want (Ctrl+F is helpful), but this page only shows the history of reviews by everyone to users who have >10k ...


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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: console command or Putty not working "Access denied" in Ubuntu 17 Clicking the close button, I can see that the question is being closed as unclear ...


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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 is the question offtopic so I would say the two proper things to do are either answer the question or do nothing (but it sounds like this second option is NOT ...


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First, if you want to adress a specific closure on meta, you should do that on the per-site meta and not here on MSO. Moderators are automatically notified about new meta posts, and you need either a moderators or five users with reopen privilege to do something about this problem. You have a much better chance of finding those on meta.askubuntu than here. ...


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"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 the network grew, folks were increasingly using "blatantly off topic" as their default, go-to way to dismiss any user who failed to read their nuanced and ever-...


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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 need to. You might be able to see your recently deleted through your profile.


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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 has at least 100 views where all outstanding close votes are older than 4 days, and every post where all outstanding close votes are older than 14 days ...


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