Following on from Being nice when closing questions and Being nice when down voting .

While being nice is essential, so is:

  • voting down bad questions;
  • voting to close questions that don't belong here or are duplicates; and
  • voting to delete questions that don't belong here.

What can we do to encourage more of this sort of thing?


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This question and this answer are my way of trying to encourage more of this sort of thing.

Posters with sufficient reputation could, as well as being nice, be a little more vigorous in casting down votes for obviously bad questions; casting close votes for closable questions; and in the list of closed non-duplicate questions, either voting to delete, or editing and voting to re-open, each one as appropriate.

And both the and tags are hotbeds of closable, deletable questions: questions about undergraduate study are off-topic here. I have a hunch that the very presence of those tags here is problematic.

There are also plenty of bad questions out there with positive scores. Voting down is as important as voting up, in helping future readers quickly separate the wheat from the chaff.

  • Is there an easy way to skip duplicates? I know I can search "closed:yes" but is there a way to only get non-duplicate closes?
    – StrongBad
    Commented Jan 28, 2013 at 11:51
  • I am not sure how I feel about down voting questions, especially when you have the ability to close vote. I can't think of too many questions which I wanted to vote down but not close.
    – StrongBad
    Commented Jan 28, 2013 at 12:01
  • @DanielE.Shub - See this related meta question and answer
    – eykanal
    Commented Jan 28, 2013 at 13:20
  • @eykanal nice one - I've updated the answer accordingly
    – 410 gone
    Commented Jan 29, 2013 at 9:41
  • @eykanal the search doesn't work any more. Any ideas how to fix it?
    – StrongBad
    Commented Jul 9, 2013 at 14:25
  • @DanielE.Shub - Quick search on meta brings up this, which I haven't tested; try it out and let me know if it works.
    – eykanal
    Commented Jul 9, 2013 at 17:09

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