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Where do we draw the off-topic line?

The purpose of ELL, like every other Stack Exchange site, is to build a reference to help learners. As an asker, your job is, ideally, to ask questions that help you and others at the same time. This ...
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Is this question "reopenable" by a single vote?

The question was edited after I voted to close it, so our close votes weren't ignored; they prompted improvement of the question, which is what the goal should be. Closure is not supposed to be ...
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Is the Close System really fair?

I see a few things in your post that need to be addressed in general, since that's how you phrased your question. I do disagree with some of the things you say as to why the posts themselves shouldn't ...
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Why is it that changing a question doesn't affect existing close votes in the slightest way?

Over and over again, we cajole, we plead, we exhort, and we advise: Show your research. Give us some details, please. Your initial question read: I understand the phrase to mean 'amateurish' ...
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Should we close a question that is a duplicate on ELU?

Is the question off-topic on ELL? Vote to close it. Is the question a duplicate of an older question on ELL? Vote to close it as a duplicate because the answer can be found on ELL. Is the original ...
Mari-Lou A's user avatar
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Why is this question about "noun for splitting" off-topic?

It isn't. I don't know why two people voted to close it, but as far as I can tell, they were wrong. The close reviewers unanimously agreed on that. (Some people would make the argument that this is ...
Nathan Tuggy's user avatar
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Is this question "reopenable" by a single vote?

Sometimes, it's time to cool your jets1, take a chill pill2, and perhaps eat some crow3 along with a side of humble pie4. As Elsa sang in Frozen: Let it go5. This is an awful lot of fuss over one ...
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Closing the first question as a duplicate of the second question

Take a look at Should I vote to close a duplicate question, even though it's much newer, and has more up to date answers? The consensus in deciding things like duplicates is highly situation-...
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Why are there so many apparently erroneous proofreading close votes?

I think that the discrepancy is caused by different understandings of what "identifying a specific source of concern" looks like. Some folks would like to see an explicit statement of "I'm not sure ...
ColleenV's user avatar
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Why is it that changing a question doesn't affect existing close votes in the slightest way?

I answered your main/title question first. Then I touched on some other points after. Why is it that changing a question doesn't affect existing close votes in the slightest way? I don't ...
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Moderator review for First Posts

So I am opposed to this, not because it means extra work for me but because it hides important work that the community does, without really adding (in my opinion) much benefit. The community ...
ColleenV's user avatar
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Why are these questions being closed with the proofreading close reason?

Listing multiple possibilities and asking which ones are correct was (is?) a technique used by certain folks to get around having their proofreading questions closed. In addition to getting the "...
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What to do with old questions without context?

My two cents: feel free to vote to close if you stumble upon them, but don't go actively hunting for them. Closing a question is most effective before it gets an answer; afterwards, it's more of a ...
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Will this question be put "on hold" as proofreading?

King ordered Mary to work in Court, but she doesn't like it because she thinks by this way king will meet her always & she also thinks king will seperate her & husband. It's a long sentence. ...
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Why is this question about "noun for splitting" off-topic?

Yes that's the idea. Also it would have been a better/more detailed/acceptable question (in my mind) if you had listed some of the synonyms you had found and mentioned why they weren't acceptable, or ...
Alan Carmack's user avatar
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What does the abbreviation VtC mean?

VtC is an abbreviation of Vote to Close, which is something you can do once you reach 3000 reputation.
Glorfindel's user avatar
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How do I indicate which other site in the SE Network when voting to close?

A question being on topic on another site in the StackExchange network is not a reason to close it, unless it is a question about the working of the site. A question may be on topic on several ...
James K's user avatar
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If there's only two or three possible contexts for a question, don't vote to close it as unclear, too broad, or Details Please

What I notice about the questions Nathan has used as examples is that they are conspicuously bare of any explanation from the author of what prompted the question, what they find confusing about it, ...
ColleenV's user avatar
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How to vote to keep a question open?

I think the best way you can go about keeping a question open is to review it in the close queue. Currently at 4k+ rep, you have enough rep that grants you access to that queue and the privilege to ...
Eddie Kal's user avatar
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Where do we draw the off-topic line?

The purpose of Stack Exchange site is building knowledge for future readers. If a question is important for just a single user, or its value is limited in the time, the question is generally closed. ...
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