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I strongly disagree. While I do not deny the discouragement that putting questions on hold poses, this detriment is clearly outweighed by the advantages. Closeworthy questions should be put on hold as fast as possible so that they are not answered in this state. Otherwise we run into the problem of answers that get invalidated by an edit, long discussions ...


22

I think that some people here are perhaps a bit overly skeptical about what exists out there in academia. (I know that my own eyes have widened quite a bit in the time I've spent on this site.) I think that many posters here are quite confused / distressed either about academia in general or about their specific issues. It is clearly also the case that ...


21

I have mixed feelings on this. I think the questions address legitimate issues in academia that can be answered. The questions attract a lot of discussion in the comments and bad answers. I think we should moderate the comments and answers and not slam the door on relevant questions. I would rather see comments flag as too chatty and bad answers either ...


19

should questions related to students cheating (where the answer isn't explicitly defined in their academic integrity policy) be closed as "primarily opinion-based"? No, this is far too general and comprises almost the entire cheating tag. I agree, however, that we should take care that these questions are asked in a way that makes them a good fit for this ...


17

We definitely should be nice to new users. This includes welcoming them and explaining what can be improved about their questions and answers. As for not down voting them, large negative scores, especially in the absence of close votes, have little positive influence and a pretty big negative influence. That said, it is worth noting that questions with a ...


15

Just because something attracts junk comments, doesn't mean it's a bad question. Personally I think the question is legitimate and should stay up.


14

These sorts of questions do not worry me too much, for the following reason: we judge questions here based on whether they are likely to have durable value to others, not based on whether the original poster is likely to find the answer valuable. Thus, it doesn't really matter all that much whether the OP is sane or real (I think more of this is crazy than ...


13

Close votes are anonymous by design. You can't specifically message the person who submitted the close vote and they aren't required to specify why. It's intended to be a "anonymous majority" deal. Consequently, you'll occasionally have questions with lone close votes, such as yours. Someone, for whatever reason, voted to close. The community clearly has—...


12

First note that migration paths being restricted to close voters by default is by design. There are a lot of pitfalls when migrating¹ and it’s more efficient to train a few moderators on those² than all close voters. Therefore migration paths are only created in the rare case that the amount of migrations between two sites exceeds what moderators can handle. ...


10

I think that controversial questions are fine, but require a much higher level of care in community attention and moderation. In particular, they typically rapidly shoot to the "hot questions" list and start attracting low-quality answers from new site users. I typically protect such questions as soon as I am able, in order to keep the trash-answer rate ...


10

The question is open now because it was actually reopened by the votes of five users. Once the question was reopened, since other comments were piling up, I deleted the few comments discussing closing and reopening because it seemed that there were no other objections (the fact it was New Year's Eve may be a reason, though). The deleted comments were: I ...


9

A user1 has raised a large number of close flags2. Posts on which close flags have been raised are pushed into the review queue. Some other users tend to vote to close fairly aggressively in the review queue, so these posts typically accrue at least one or two close votes. Anyone with sufficient rep (10k+) can see the vote history here. Feel free to ...


8

I can recommend you apply one or more of the following strategies: Downvote them. If they seem unlikely to be true and not useful to the site, downvote them. If trollers find that their questions are downvoted, eventually they will get the message and move on. If the troll-question is covered by an existing question, vote to close it as a duplicate of the ...


8

If the questions are identical, definitely close. Saves everyone time. If questions are similar but subtly different, definitely stay open. The nuance may affect the answer, or may be asking for an entirely different answer (as you point out above). "Close as duplicate" is a tool for us, the answerers. Do keep in mind, though, that the first customer is ...


8

I think you're missing the point of closing a question. Questions are closed, broadly speaking, for being either inappropriate for our forum for whatever reason. Stupid but appropriate questions should not be closed; they should be voted down into oblivion, as that's the tool that we use to convey that message. Just because we have a hammer doesn't mean ...


7

Here is how I tend to think about it: The process of research is anything that is primarily about scientists and their interactions (including systems for supporting those interactions) The content of research is anything that is primarily about the artifacts under examination and the mechanisms used for examining them. From that perspective, I would ...


7

No, such questions usually can be answered, and should not be closed. Ethics questions should not be answered based on the answerer's personal ethics anyway, but rather, based on their understanding of the consensus ethical standards of the overall academic community. Ideally, explanations should be given that help the asker understand academic ethics. If ...


5

As the question has been copied from some APS material and they provide an answer. I do not see a place for this particular question. It seems weird to just repost material from other sites.


5

I am a newcomer and that post was mine. When I find the website for the first time. It made the best first impression on me. I thought that was a great way to ask questions in a friendly manner. I did not want to hurt anyone or waste your time. I am just a newcomer. on that post, I mentioned that I am not a native speaker, instead of giving me a piece of ...


4

Do questions become unclear if the asker rejects the answers given? No, they do not. If a question is posted that is reasonably interpreted to mean X and answers to X are posted, but the author insists the question means Y, then the only unclarity is in the author's mind. We vote on questions, not authors. If Y is also a reasonable ...


4

I wouldn't have voted to close as out of scope. But I would have voted to close as primarily opinion based, because it's basically a poll. See the help center. (In fact, it got into the close vote review queue in the first place after someone flagged it as "primarily opinion based".)


4

I draw the line for this close reason as follows: Can answers to this question be expected to significantly go beyond saying “it depends” or “ask your supervisor, university, employer, etc.”? If no, vote to close. For example: If somebody asks about how to write a certain aspect of a thesis, the best answers should almost always include “ask your ...


4

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 ...


4

eykanal has answered regarding the mechanisms of SE. I'll add a point about the vote to close: it is not mine, but I hesitated to cast one, so I'll explain my reasons. So-called “big list” questions are discouraged, as being not constructive: “this question will likely solicit debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion” The idea is that asking “...


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Just answering the technical side of this: If you go to the question’s edit history, you can see that it was reopened shortly after being closed (and by whom).


3

This is a tough situation. It's an on-topic question, so it shouldn't be closed as a violation of the FAQs, regardless of how sophomoric it is. That sets a bad precedent. The only above-board way to make such questions "go away" is for the community to downvote it into obscurity. Expressing disapproval of a question is allowed, and I think would be ...


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I felt that much of the problem with this question was the presence of a personal story that did not bear on the question being asked, so I edited the question to remove the story. The resulting question (i.e. the underlying question of the original post!) strikes me as much more reasonable.


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Personally, I say leave it open. There's really no way to police this. The question is interesting; removing it punishes ourselves. This happens so rarely that doesn't really need a policy. EDIT: I posted this before @ff524 found the exact question, along with answers, already online. Given that update, I'm a bit more hesitant... as @Strongbad says, we don'...


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This is probably a SE-level limitation; we don't have control over how the "close" reasons are populated. However, there are limits for the number of default choices available. Therefore, this might fall into one of those cases where there aren't enough options available to list every reasonable option. However, the "other" box is always there if needed.


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Unfortunately, many of the answers are posted in comments rather than answers, which means we can't see who would have downvoted. However, it does appear that there is a sense that the question is off-topic due to it's being about a specific research topic rather than relating to academia itself. Personally, I agree with that assessment. In that vein, I ...


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