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How to encourage visitors to search the site?

Yes, this is a likely duplicate. I should have searched meta first. In that self-referential spirit.... There has been imo an uptick of late, possibly seasonal, in homeworkish posts, many likely ...
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When should I vote to close?

Seeing this post closed it feels useful to review the motivation behind use of the close option. Yes, the OP considered a number of orthogonal options to rid said food of the offending substance, ...
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Can I get a second chance to close a question?

I was attempting to vote to close a question as a duplicate, but when I tried copying and pasting a link to the duplicate reference I somehow got the link wrong. Seeing this I retracted the vote to ...
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Please use the review queues

Currently the review queue for the close votes is getting quite long (see below), while we moderators help out with closing clear cut cases, some questions may benefit for a more diligent approach. ...
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Custom close reason text for "homework"

Recently, Stack Exchange has allowed moderators to customise the wording that is associated with custom close reasons. Here I would like to focus on (by far) the most used close reason on the site, ...
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Is the clarity of my question's title really "dubious"? Is that even a good adjective to use in this way?

A comment on my question Are all stable 2D Xenes and binaries buckled? says: Well, if even in paper title there was explanation what's X then your clarity of title is dubious... the comment is ...
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Closing is not super-down-voting redux

I find it a bit surprising that the argument is repeatedly made that "close votes are not super down-votes", as addressed in this meta post, and brought up again and again, as in a comment to this ...
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Do we have a close-voting but not closing problem?

I noticed within the last few weeks that more often when I come to the site the review queue icon is marked with the red dot. That usually happens if there are queues which have an unusually high ...
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How much more effort would you have wanted?

Most of you know that I am a vocal opponent of the effort criteria anyway, but I am getting a bit unnerved as of how inconsistent it is applied. I am posting this as a specific example here only ...
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Should we close old questions?

I have been sifting through old questions on the site and have noticed what are now considered off-topic homework questions. I see changes to the closing process were discussed in 2016 and subsequent ...
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Close Votes Aren't Super Downvotes

Unfortunately, we've had a problem for quite a while now. It basically boils down to close voting questions with reasons that don't fit. Essentially, the Homework off-topic close reason, "unclear ...
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How can a question asking what do a group of compounds have in common be put on hold because it is "too broad"?

This old question (What is the mechanism of action of anaesthetics?) has recently been put on hold as being too broad. The grounds are, apparently, that such a diverse range of compounds acting as ...
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Is there a way to proactively vote against closure?

The question H-NMR spectroscopy of [18]annulene presents an interesting problem in chemistry, and an even more interesting one for chemistry SE. Three readers have voted to close the question but ...
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The reason "unclear" is unclear

Putting questions "on hold" or the closing of questions is a recurring phenomena seen on this the Chemistry StackExchange site. Most questions I have seen so far have been closed for good reasons, ...
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Policy on picture questions

I feel that there is a growing number of questions that consist of pictures. Most of these questions are homework questions such as this one. Images are not searchable. Furthermore, often times ...
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Feedback on The Experiment

The experiment is over. Here are the stats, beautifully crafted with heavy MathJax with stats topping$^1$. Here's my take. Nothing really changed where we worried about change. You can play with this ...
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Let's not close questions as homework except for blatantly obvious cases (at least for a while)

Overview There has been some concerns lately about whether we close too much. So we start giving leniency a chance. Scroll down to What we do to get to the fun part. Read the rest if you're interested....
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Is there a minimum reputation to post a question?

Many of the homework, on hold, proposed to close, etc questions are from posters with a reputation of 1 or double digits. The situation appears to be that someone is either in a homework / coursework ...