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I understand the frustration. I really, really do. But it's not what votes to close are for and we don't need such an option. There is already a tool designed for "you didn't RTFM": the downvote arrow. When you hover over the downvote arrow, its tooltip says: This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful That encompasses ...


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I've undeleted this because I want to explain. (You may also want to take the tour before continuing to read this, as it covers some important basic concepts for how the site works, and I notice you haven't seen it yet.) We close things here. It's an integral part of the process of maintaining the site's focus on practical, answerable, non-debate, non-...


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Repeated close and reopen rounds occur in a narrow range of circumstances. One of the most common situations is that a question is simply contentious: several people think it ought to be closed for some reason or another, several other people think it ought to be open. The situation your question is in, however, is different: your question's had several ...


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For this particular one, I voted "primarily-opinion based". The reasoning is that this cuts most closely to the core problem: they want opinions. It is too broad, but closing it as such might just get them to try to be more specific about what opinions they want, which won't result in reopening and may confuse them as a result. As a heuristic, I try to ...


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Although I completely agree with the sentiment behind this request, I can't help but worry a little about how exactly we would judge which questions should be closed for this reason. What is obvious and plainly written for one person can be really confusing for someone else, particularly once you factor in issues with rules not being written in peoples' ...


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Mods know the rules The power of a mod is often confused with the responsibility of being a mod*. Mods don't close/open a question because they feel like it, they do so, because they know what the SE standards are. Normally, you will only see a diamond close on a question that is clearly off-topic, otherwise you will almost always see a comment explaining ...


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The Voting Continues Until The Question Improves Or until everyone with a strong opinion is locked out of the debate. In principle, these open-close wars can go on for a very long time, but probably not forever. There are a few subtleties about the system that tend to quench the controversy over the mid- to long-haul, including: You only get one close and ...


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After Mr. Atwood's leaving SE, the issue was revisited and apparently approved. You can see that according to the comments at the very end of this answer's thread, as well as implied by the status-declined tag being replaced with status-completed. Note that, like votes on comments, if you VTC and then rescind that vote you will be unable to VTC again on ...


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Edit: Found this meta which answers this question nicely. (In fact, it's probably a duplicate.) If you hover over the downvote button, you can see the following text: This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful. So there's a definite recommendation from the site to downvote questions like this. On the other hand, we don'...


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No, it doesn't. The only queue that you get credit for from participating outside of the queue is the Edit Queue. As far as the why, my guess is that it simply comes down to the fact that the queue is a specialized tool added much later than the features it tracks, so those features haven't been tied back to their respective queues.


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Whose vote is most valuable? No one user’s vote is most valuable. Every user with access to close votes gets one vote, and no vote is more valuable than any other. In a comment, you wrote: It's much better for questions to simply follow the close-edit-reopen cycle once, and at that point (once members have indicated the question is satisfactory to them) to ...


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Off-topic decisions that don't fall into the "obvious" categories ("it should have been posted to meta", "it's about videogames") aren't entrusted to flag-privilege users, that's all. Erroneous flags are something the system aims to avoid, and it's judged that on a healthy SE there are always sufficient active close-privileged users to take care of any off-...


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Just work on it - the number of close-votes is limited. Every user can only try to close or open a question once each, then can't re-vote to close or open the same question for quite some time. I know in some cases on 3D printing I can vote to close something twice if the old vote idled out and some months have passed. So... don't worry about re-voters. That'...


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There are different questions intermingled There are at least four different questions asked throughout the post, having varying broadness and topicality. The broad issue of plate armor names in 5e and how they came about. The question whether the term half-plate is an invention of D&D, a modern invention (the term, not the thing) in general, or a real ...


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Sure, guidelines are good I'm always a fan of explicit guidelines. Explicit guidelines for reason makes action more easily predicted and thus, in this case, makes moderation seem more transparent. We probably shouldn't write them, though The best way for these guidelines to be made is for the moderation team to take some time to write up a post on how they ...


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