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I've reopened the question. The chosen close reason was that the question would fit better on a different site. That is generally an invalid reason to close, as long as the question isn't actually out of the scope of this site. We have very fuzzy borders to various other sciences, and many questions could fit on multiple sites. But that doesn't mean we ...


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Of course mods should leave close-voting to the community, and they should close only Qs when blatantly oftopic. I plead guilty. However, over the last months the close queue on my end was often >50. Because close-votes are removed at a certain point (when there are <5), I'm always afraid that the few active voters start to think Why should I vote? ...


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Migration unfortunately doesn't work as well as one might expect, and that by a rather large margin. In my experience, the larger part of migration suggestions from users are not a good idea and I decline them. Very often users that are not familiar enough with the target site propose a migration, when the question is simply not appropriate for that site. ...


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NO: we should stick to the current threshold of 5. I have noticed wayy too many circumstances in which a question was being voted to be closed by 2-3 users inappropriately (i.e., the close votes were unfounded/not supported or the wrong close reason was chosen). Reasons for these inappropriate VTCs range from novice voters, rushed voting, malicious voting, ...


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Short answer: Yes, committing both actions is not only OK but preferable when appropriate. Voting of any kind should be made in the interest of maintaining a high-quality site of accurate and on-topic biology information. Voting is not meant to relate at all to personal judgements or individual punishments (and as such any discussion about ethics, double ...


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Yes: we should try a reduced threshold of 3 votes In the last moderator election, one of the questions was about moderator use of the unilateral close vote. I think the general consensus has been that it's best to let the community handle whatever is possible for the community to handle, and yet sometimes the moderators have to step in to prevent an ...


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I don't see any reason why you can't do both. In general I reserve such a dual penalty only for the worst cases. When there is still hope, downvote and comment. If there is no hope for rescue, close vote. If there is reason to believe the question has serious issues, for instance OP doesn't respond to constructive comments, you can do both. If there are even ...


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Here's my current thoughts on this. I think it's wrong to be closing questions that have a reasonable chance of getting a quality answer. The responsibility of providing an answer which is factual, objective, and supported by evidence falls primarily to the user posting an answer, and secondarily to the wider community. Of course, the wording of some ...


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I agree in this case - the question appeared to be asking why this might be the case from a scientific stand point and was not asking for advice, nor would the answers to this question be expected to give medical advise. I have reopened it.


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Instead of filling in a bunch of comments, I'm just going to write my many comment points as an answer (though it's still very much just discussion). I definitely agree that we have a problem w/ the way we close questions. Well, perhaps not a problem, but inconsistency based on lack of community agreement/discussion. Also, I would say overall, we've become ...


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I think it is good that yet SE site doesn't restrict anyone (not sure; just upto the highest amount I've used) to certain number of word for questioning or answering. But at the same time there should exist a manual guideline or manual-instructions to keep the question not too lengthy. If the word count is constrained; there would appear following ...


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So is the Primarily Opinion-Based vote to close only there to censor questions we do not like or are we willing to enforce it when the question clearly demonstrates that the answers generated are opinion-based, even if the question itself may warrant some thoughtful response? Closing a question as POB should be based only on the fact that there is no ...


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Beta sites don't have migration paths available in the close dialog. If you believe a question needs to be migrated, just flag it for moderator attention.


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Downvoting ensures that the question is eventually deleted automatically as abandoned/low intererest by the system if it is not edited in the meantime. Otherwise these closed and not answered questions will accumulate over time and they are not useful for the site.


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UPDATED ANSWER -- 2 years later (May 2021): Dropping vote-to-close thresholds has been a topic discussed across many SE sites for years. As of May 2021, there's now a formal effort to test minimizing the threshold to 3 votes across the SE network. The 45-day 3-vote test will occur on 13 sites (Not Biology) throughout May and June 2021. We'll await the ...


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