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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 ...
Eliah Kagan's user avatar
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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,...
Zanna's user avatar
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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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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 ...
Kaz Wolfe's user avatar
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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 ...
Jacob Vlijm's user avatar
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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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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 ...
Kaz Wolfe's user avatar
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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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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 ...
Robert Cartaino's user avatar
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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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Close votes etiquette

Good question, and I'll preface this by saying it's excellent that you care about responsibly casting close votes. While we do have objective(ish) guidelines for close votes, it can be a judgement ...
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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 ...
Zanna's user avatar
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How can I correct the reason for a close vote?

I don't think you can. Just retract the close vote, someone else will handle it. It is better to leave a bad question open for a while than to close it for the wrong reasons: a large part of closing ...
terdon's user avatar
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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 ...
karel's user avatar
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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 ...
Kulfy's user avatar
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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 ...
Pika Supports Ukraine's user avatar
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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 ...
Eliah Kagan's user avatar
4 votes

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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What happened to "blatantly off-topic"?

Robert Cartaino's answer, for why the "blatantly off-topic" sub-reason* of the off-topic close reason used to exist and why it doesn't anymore, can't be beat. But as for the specific question you had ...
Eliah Kagan's user avatar
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Why was my question put on-hold by me?

Looking at the post's timeline, it seems like you voted to close it around 11h ago (08:17 UTC) using the custom Off-topic → Other reason, which also let you add a comment: It seems it's more about ...
Byte Commander's user avatar
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Why was my question put on-hold by me?

When you earn 250+ reputation points, you also earn "view and cast close and reopen votes on your own questions" privilege. Some time in the past you might have cast a close vote on your own question (...
Kulfy's user avatar
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How can I correct the reason for a close vote?

I agree you should retract the vote, but since it can be hard to get enough close votes sometimes, you may like to bring the question to the Downboat where you might find help getting a close vote for ...
Zanna's user avatar
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How can I correct the reason for a close vote?

You can't do this. It has been discussed on the Meta Stack Exchange site. I've had several occasions where I would like to change the close reason, but to no avail. So in this case, retract the vote ...
Artur Meinild's user avatar
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When was the option "Needs improvement" added to the flag dialog?

This option used to be named "should be closed"*. It was changed to "needs improvement" in April 2020, going by the date of the linked post. It leads to the various close options. ...
Zanna's user avatar
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Are we too fast in closing questions as unclear?

On a lighter note, would it be rude to post something like the following comment? Please provide more information. As it stands your question provides insufficient data.
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