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Should I provide an answer even if I voted to close a question?

Sometimes I feel that a question has some value, but it is formulated in a unclear way, or it seems to ask two questions in one post, which is not recommended. Despite its value, the question is not ...
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If I (the question author) cannot see who voted to close a question, was it closed by a moderator?

Referring to this: What is the single highest damage attack that can be made by one tenth level character with no assistance, support, or magic items? [closed] Typically, if a question is closed, it ...
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So, let’s talk about rule intent and question closing

Admittedly a bit slower that we’d have preferred (our bad), this is a continuance of rule intent discussion. (See why I’m avoiding saying revisit below). As a brief summary, questions asking for ...
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How can one person close a question?

I keep seeing examples of one user unilaterally closing questions as duplicates. How does one person have the power to do this when it should need 5 close votes? And what is the policy on doing so? ...
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Necro-Closing Spam

Over the last couple of weeks, my review queue has been mostly filled with close / reopen request for questions from 2011. This feels like a waste of everyone's time. It is a waste of time for the ...
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How can we distinguish "idea generation" questions from "asking for a solution" ones? [duplicate]

I stumbled upon these two questions which made me think: What drives the plot for antiheroes? - is open and have several different answers with different ideas How can I reasonably prevent Manual of ...
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How do we handle questions that are repeatedly closed and reopened?

I recently posted this question about character optimization: What class has the most damage output per round at level 6? I made several revisions to it, and it received the required 5 votes to be re-...
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Opinion based questions: on-topic and criteria for closing? [duplicate]

Ove the past number of years I've noticed an uptick in questions being closed for being "opinion based" and calls for questions to be closed for that reason. My understanding was that ...
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Are we using the Homebrew Review discussion correctly?

We have a popular Meta discussion, How can I ask a good homebrew review question? The highly-rated, accepted answer has a number of very good ideas. Any question that follows all of that guidance is ...
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Please stop wrongfully closing old, good Q&As

I am seeing a trend that is well illustrated by this question, where our reviewers seem to be forgetting about our meta discussion a while back about the word Should. There is no need to close that ...
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Should this question on bludgeoning damage attacks with other stat scores be closed?

This question has gone through several rounds of open/close and it's unclear to me what the status to be. I had the first comment to the question asking for a better understanding of the bounds ...
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Why was this question that has a lot of community disagreement reopened without community discussion?

This question on bludgeoning damage with a different stat went through a couple rounds of community closure and reopening. But then it was closed again, and then reopened by a single user (mod) rather ...
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Confusion regarding the topicality of and differences between "history-of-gaming" and "designer-reasons" questions

The current policy on "designer-reasons" questions states that they are off-topic and are considered to be off-topic because they often receive answers that make guesses and do not involve ...
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What qualifies as an "actual problem"?

It was put to me by moderators that my question did not pose an actual problem, and when I did pose a problem statement, it was characterized as "doesn't seem like a real problem" and "...
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We should talk about the word "should"

Occasionally a question gets asked that is approximately of the form: I have this problem, what should I do? or I have this problem, should I do X? These are then closed as opinion based, ...
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Should "Do role-playing games have to be fun?" be closed?

"Do role-playing games have to be fun?" was a nice question in the early days of the site, very typical of early-beta-site questions generally. Then it went quiet for five years until a (totally ...
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For iterated homebrew questions, should earlier iterations be marked as duplicates of later iterations?

Please note that this isn't one of the many questions on this site asking "why was my question closed". I'm just wondering whether it's right to mark a question that is an earlier iteration, such as ...
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Are we more lax on questions if they deal with sensitive subjects?

"What color are creatures in the Forgotten Realms?" "How old do humanoids become on Faerun?" "Is being left-handed in the Forgotten Realms seen as weird?" All these questions should rightfully be ...
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Should we ever close a question as a duplicate of another closed question?

Sometimes questions get closed as duplicates of questions that are already closed. Is this something we should be doing? The purpose (as I understand it) of duplicate closure is to make sure that a ...
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Marking duplicates in a chain?

I'm not entirely sure how to phrase this question. I originally created this question: Is Power Word Kill's save DC from the Orcus' lair a typo?, which stems from a typo found in MToF. It was ...
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How should we handle disagreements on question closure within comments?

This question came up as another attempt by the user to get their map scale question answered. There were already two Meta Qs about it that didn't have much engagement from OP: How to ask about Map ...
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Should a new user be welcomed before the new user's question is closed?

Recently, I was fifteen seconds into a welcome comment on a new user's first question on which no comments had been made when the question was closed—without comment—as a duplicate. I posted my ...
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Should this question about passive Perception be closed as a duplicate of a closed question?

Implementing Passive Wisdom (Perception) was flagged as a potential duplicate of How does passive perception work. The latter is a closed question, specifically flagged for being too broad and does ...
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Why do we close questions asking for a range of practical options?

On a few other stacks, I've come across questions that people here would probably consider too broad, and closed accordingly. However, many of those were actually very helpful to me as a curious ...
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What should we do when a querent doesn't understand the full breadth of the material they're asking about

The question that triggered this for me was: is there a class/achetype/pestige class/feat that can absorb the lifeforce of its ennemy to fuel it's power ? Sometimes a querent wants to know how to ...
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If an answer to question A can be found in question B, should we close A as duplicate of B?

Related: Non-duplicate question with answer in another question Should/can we change the Duplicate notification? Situation — there are two different questions Aq and Bq. Question Aq has a specific ...
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Should this post be historically locked?

A user recently flagged How to represent an "Abhorsien," "Speaker for the Dead," or "Shepherd of Souls" type of theme? Their flag comment was "should probably be ...
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How to deal with tug-of-war close reopens?

So this question has a very odd edit history, being closed as primarily opinion based by five users, re-opened by five-users, and finally being closed by a diamond mod. The reason this is such a ...
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How should the answers on the question about Throne card be handled? [duplicate]

This question about the Throne card from the Deck of Many Things has attracted three answers which all say the same thing. That is, all three answers are duplicates of each other. How should the ...
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Should questions be closed because there are speculative answers?

Why is the word "Rötschreck" spelled with an Umlaut? was temporarily closed with the reason that it is 'drawing primarily speculation/opinion' (emphasis mine). I'd like to point out ...
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When should an old, upvoted, well-answered question be closed as off-topic?

As a GM, what minimal geographic knowledge should I have to make realistic maps? was recently flagged for closure. Looking at it in vacuum, it appears (to me) to be off-topic: it doesn't seem to ...
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How should we handle "Let me Google that for you"-type questions?

Inspired by this question, which lay dormant since 2013 but was recently dug up and answered. I feel like this question should have been closed, as the answer can totally be gotten by googling "dice/...
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Is it really wise to close this question?

This question was put on hold as unclear what it's asking: How Should I Change the Star Trek Phaser Table? @doppelgreener Says in comments that this seems to be asking for (or would lead to) a ...
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Can we improve the way we treat newcomers?

Lately, I'm encountering the following situation more and more often (at least three times this week): A relatively new user (rep of less than 150, sometimes rep of 1 [ = first post ever]) asks a ...
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Closing questions instead of fixing really minor issues

Specifically, this one: How should I handle the rest of my party, who believe all Necromancy must be evil? There is no other rpg system that I am aware of that uses those terms - '9th level' 'wizard' ...
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"Find Me a Resource"

Inspired by this question, which is only the most recent incarnation of the template. Periodically we get a question that is basically, "It seems like there are a lot of X. Can anyone give me a link ...
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Is this question too broad for this stackexchange site?

The question I am asking about: Pathfinder Magic Item Crafter Build Guide Normally I would have just voted to close the question and moved on, but since there is an open bounty on the question I ...
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Is it Optimal to Mark a Question as Duplicate if it's Unclear What's Being Asked?

My question was mostly prompted by this question. I find the question as originally asked either extremely broad (whole book broad) or totally unclear. Since it is not clear what is being asked, how ...
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Vote to Close with different reasons make it seem like you agree with majority reason

In the case of this question, there were 3 VTC based on it being a duplicate, 1 VTC based on it being opinion based, and 1 VTC (mine) based on the question being unclear. It was closed as a duplicate;...
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It's time for a "War on Poverty"

I think we need to do something about Vow of Poverty, overpowered or underpowered. Is it an essentially acceptable question? Yes. Has it attracted some good answers? Absolutely. The problem is that ...
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"Good Azlanti Dungeon Adventure?" v. "What RPG worlds/systems work best together in crossover combinations?"

OpaCitiZen: I don't really see how this Q is different from Suggested System/Mechanics/Setting Choices for X-Files/Fringe Inspired Game? and What RPG worlds/systems work best together in crossover ...
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Today's closings... Is there a mood shift amongst the community leaders?

I was surprised to see these closed items today: Pathfider Drow speech [closed] Combat systems not inspired by wargaming. [closed] The Speech item was similar to a previous items that weren't closed:...
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General Answers to Specific Questions

This site (SE not rpg.se) has a history of closing questions that are closely related to another question even if it is not the same question. However it seems when I try to make an answer to the ...
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Terms wiki deletion

I am not happy that this question was closed by three votes. Can we change the limit here to be more representative of the numbers that can now vote to close topics? It is reasonable that it should ...
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Can a question be closed as Exact Duplicate, when the duplicate is on another SE site?

Reference this question. I re-posted the same question on MSO, and it has since received little activity and no answers here. Still, I'd like the question to stay on this site as a pointer to the ...
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What is the process for re-closing a re-opened question?

I and a sufficient number of others voted to close the cars and phones question. Then a sufficient number of people voted to re-open it. Now we're discussing it here in Meta. Cool. Beyond that: What ...
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Why did the automobiles and telephones thread close?

The discussion in Campaign Research Questions suggests that campaign research questions should be allowed. Why did At what point in the 20th Century did automobiles and telephones become ubiquitous ...
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How long should people have to revise their questions?

Bryant made an interesting comment on What is up with all these OGL questions?: I wish we'd given this one a bit longer -- Netherwerks might have been willing to revise his question, and I ...
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Why does the list of reasons to close a question include neither astroturfing nor spam?

I think it would be useful to distinguish between well-intentioned but off-topic questions and those meant to promote a service or advertise a particular product. Is there a way to give advertising ...
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Where's the "vote to close" button?

I was considering voting to close I'm creating an original setting for D&D--where do I start? as a duplicate but there is no 'close' button. Vote to close takes 250 rep (which I have) Is it '...
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