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Close-vote threshold lowered to three

The impetus for this question was this medical advice question which (as of the time of writing) had 3 votes to close but obviously remained open. As longtime users of this network know, it takes 5 ...
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Why can I not see close votes?

Having sked this question I was told that there was a close vote due to lack of research (to which I have responded by edit) but I am unable to see any close vote on the page. Is this due to lack of ...
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How to handle questions that do not fit objectively a closed reason?

I understand that questions asking for medical advice are off-topic (as discussed in this meta question) and therefore should be closed. However, from what I got, there is no clear definition of what ...
Gonçalo Peres's user avatar
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Question abusively closed under the false pretext of lacking prior research

I asked this question: Is there a DIY mechanical ventilator that saved the life of a COVID-19 patient? [closed] I mention that despite my effort of more than one day I did not find an answer for it ...
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Should we edit Personal Medical Advice questions?

With the change of scope for this site, I am wondering if we should be more strict on Personal Medical Advice questions. What sparked my question was CBC showing Metamyelocytes at 2% (normal range is ...
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Personal advice request or not?

Sometimes, when reviewing a question, answering this question can be a little difficult, especially when the question being reviewed could be seen both ways. Example Let's take the recent question ...
Chris Rogers's user avatar
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Site name/scope: what to do with old questions and answers

Things move forward. That's great. And it's uncharted territory. This is about the expected and perhaps even already ongoing cleanup. Currently my impression is that whenever community-diamond bumps ...
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Where do we draw the line between personal diagnosis request and "made generic" "differential diagnosis"

Previously (Personal Diagnosis and Health.SE, Are differential diagnosis questions on topic? this has been discussed without a proper consensus building, as far as I understand it. The first link is ...
LаngLаngС's user avatar
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Please don't answer questions that are off-topic

As Lucky has pointed out to me earlier: Since personal medical advice is strictly off-topic here, such questions: Should not be answered Should be closed Please, don't answer ...
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Edit questions and review your old downvotes!

I've been going through and aggressively editing questions to remove clinical context and personal information in order to bring out the (often valid) root question the person is asking. I think ...
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Can anyone work on the closing questions queue?

After we have fixed the edit queue problem (thanks to JasonC and Kate), I suggest we tackle the next one. I'm flagging multiple of questions as off-topic almost every day, and none to almost none get ...
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Is there a way to reverse my vote on whether to "close" a question or not?

I was reviewing some questions and voting on whether they should be "closed" or not, and I accidentally pressed "Leave Open" on one I certainly meant to vote "close" (Am I Concussed?). Can I alter/...
Butterfly and Bones's user avatar
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Should apparent requests for treatment be closed or turned into generic questions?

There are high number of poor quality questions on this site, and a large number of questions which appear to request advice on a personal issue. These are closed apparently inconsistently as others ...
Graham Chiu's user avatar
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Revisiting Research, A reason to close

So this is a subject that's come up before, twice, but I'm not so sure we got to anywhere actionable. As mentioned in a comment, the fact that this community is struggling with professional ...
Atl LED's user avatar
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