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A new policy of closure: November 2016

This is not yet a fully-fledged answer, merely a fragment of a thought, but I feel it is important enough for me to drop it here already and come back later™. Especially for calculation questions, we ...
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Temporary Suspension of the Homework Close Reason (concluded)

And now I think, it is quite apparent that we need a close reason for zero-effort questions to simply save out time, because the absolute majority of questions that were previoulsy closed as homework ...
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15 votes

Let's decide on what we should close as homework

The Problem As I See It I would argue that the underlying reason for the dynamics on the site leading to this question, as well as more than one other recent meta question (here and here too), is: ...
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Do we need a close reason for stuff that's obviously less than prudent?

This issue has likely been raised before, either on meta or in chat, but I'm on a bus now so am lazy to look for it. Our stance on this is that, it is much better to have a clear answer saying DO NOT ...
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12 votes

Let's decide on what we should close as homework

My stand on those raised points: These are questions we should decide the ultimate fate of: Easily Google-able questions Why does oil float in water? Questions of this kind ...
11 votes

Temporary Suspension of the Homework Close Reason (concluded)

PSA: Please do not flag homework questions for moderator attention... ...because we will not closehammer them. We would really like to move away from the current homework close reason, this ...
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A new policy of closure: November 2016

I would like to propose the following phrasing: Questions should ask about one specific concept that can potentially be applicable to future visitors and askers. To give you an idea of what I mean, ...
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Temporary Suspension of the Homework Close Reason (concluded)

In conclusion ... Although Wildcat basically already said it, I would like to add a few thoughts and numbers. I have to admit that this illdesigned, untargeted "experiment" did not turn out ...
10 votes

Why was the heroin question put on hold as being a personal medical question?

Questions on illicit drugs have been and are always difficult on this site, which is fine. I do not share Todd's opinion in points (1) and (2) of his answer, but he made his concerns perfectly ...
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Why was the heroin question put on hold as being a personal medical question?

I voted to close that question for several reasons. Unfortunately, the menu of options for reason to close are limited so I went with the medical option. Here are my reasons for doing so. (1) The ...
9 votes
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The reason "unclear" is unclear

I want to begin by clarifying: it is not ‘“all-powerful” moderators’ (quotation marks present in the original) that close questions. Rather, like practically everything on Stack Exchange with the ...
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9 votes

Let's talk about effort, shall we?

This very much isn’t a fully thought out answer, but it was a lot longer than I could fit into a comment. Just my two english cent. . . Effort as a metric for closure Broadly speaking, I agree ...
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9 votes

Let's talk about effort, shall we?

My own opinion is broadly the same - I think that "effort" is a poor criterion for judging question quality. I have discussed this before. In my opinion, the most important bit is this: In one of ...
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Let's talk about effort, shall we?

If we would like to move away from the "effort" angle, then the tooltip that pops up when hovering over a downvote button should be changed.
8 votes

The Homework Close Reason: Another example of over-zealous closure, and a proposal to scale back its scope

I have previously been vocal about my dissatisfaction with the close reason and it is no secret that I want to rework it completely. As a matter of fact, I'd like to even toss in the idea of ...
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A new policy of closure: November 2016

Wildcat's response to #4 fired off a thought: what if the odious aspect of a not enough effort question has less to do with the effort an OP has put into understanding and working on the question, but ...
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Is "Lack of Research" enough reason to close a question?

To close, or not to close, — that is the question: — Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous research lack, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And ...
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I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's based on false premise

Actually, I can see why one might want to close a question that is based on a false premise. In the worst case scenario, you end up correcting misconception after misconception of OP, and digressing ...
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Close Votes Aren't Super Downvotes

These ideas are tangentially related, but because they fit well along the tone of this meta post, I'll add them in: Please don't VTC because a question is poorly formatted Please don't put put a ...
7 votes

How do multiple users close a question for a reason that doesn't seem to apply?

Bennett, I appreciated your previous detailed meta post, however, this one honestly goes a bit off-track. First, I hope you have read our Help center page on closing questions. If so, you would know ...
7 votes

No alternate SE sites show up as choices when flagging a Question to be "closed as off topic"

Even though this question is answered in the multiple duplicates, I would like to make it abundantly clear: there won't be any migration paths set up. We will do them manually; quoting myself: ...
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Would a "common reference" close reason make sense? Why or why not?

In principle, I don't agree with it, because of the idea of SE aiming towards being a complete repository of information, blah blah. In practice, I've long given up on being idealistic, especially ...
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What's wrong with my question?

As this is your first question here, (and there aren't other examples I can use), let's go through this from my point of view. Considering a solution which is 20% Benzalkonium chloride and 80% water. ...
7 votes

What's wrong with my question?

The post could have been closed for a number of reasons. Closing is done when a question is not particularly useful for any of the listed reasons, often because more information or significant editing ...
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Why was this question closed as homework?

This should not have been closed as homework, but rather as unclear because the key details are missing. I also do not think that this question is off-topic in any way. I can remember doing an ...
6 votes

The reason "unclear" is unclear

Just adding to Jan's answer, I'd like to just put it out there that if you disagree about the closure of a question, you can either Ask somebody in chat (moderators are always around) or Post on ...
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What should we do about homework problems?

Comment, comment, comment! Maybe leave a link or two to a helpful wiki article, there are a couple helpful chemistry sites... Post a formula, ask questions, there are so many things you can do. ...
6 votes

Gaps to Fill Without a 'Homework' Close Reason -- Overview

Here's my perspective on tweaking the policy. I've tried to work it from the very fundamentals, rather than carry-forward the three categories you defined. To be honest, the current homework close ...
6 votes

Norms for declaring a question off topic with an example

This is less an answer to your question, but some context for others who might wonder where it comes from. If you do not have the close and reopen privilege (> 3000 reputation), which is probably ...

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