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What should we do about the bad close vote culture of this site?

I have noticed a growing problem here during the last year or so - likely it surfaced/escalated when we got the reduced close vote consensus necessary reduced from 5 to 3. There is a whole lot of ...
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Why was this question closed (and then deleted)?

Since the medium length question was apparently too complex and the short question wasn't apparently clear enough, I will try to rewrite the question about the closing in a more answerable form, ...
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Why are we 'afraid' to close questions as duplicates?

I've noticed a couple of experienced longtime users answering questions which they surely know are duplicates of other older questions. In at least one case the same user answered essentially the same ...
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Possibly clarify the "shopping" OT closure rule

Appropriate closure? This closed question below (OT, the "shopping" issue) wasn't actually asking for reviews of commercial electronic devices, or for component purchase recommendation. ...
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What is this closed question lacking in clarity?

What can cause voltage irregularities across an IC chip? The question seems to me straightforward and answerable, though since only one person tried I understand there is a problem with it. Probably ...
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Would it be a good idea to have more "this question belongs on another site" options?

While reviewing our close dialogs, I noticed that as of now, only migration to meta.electronics and superuser is possible. I'd propose we add multiple: StackOverflow because there's the occasional &...
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Adding a community specific close message for homework

After checking the stats on custom closing messages, homework seems to come up at least 30% to 50% of the time. Because of this, creating a custom closing message would be beneficial. Homework ...
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Close reason for a calco (like a typo)?

The question How to fully discharge supercapacitor? was answered by showing the user that they had made a calculation error. Should there be a "caused by a typo or calculation error" close reason?
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“needs more focus”: Significantly different from former “too broad” close reason

The question I am planning to start manufacturing of smart locks and smart bulb that are integrated with tuya application. How should I make a circuit? was pretty rightfully (imho, but I think ...
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Can't access "reasons for" links in closure box

Until very recently (maybe less than a couple of days ago) if I voted to close a question, I could re-open the close box and find a hyper-link to a page that explained why shopping questions get ...
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Why was the list of closers removed when a question is closed?

They used to tell us who voted to close... I had a question that I answered closed a couple of hours afterwards. Here: Handheld oscilloscope for saving waveform in memory While the OP did detail the ...
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How to edit the question to address the likely reasons that it was closed?

How low have mains frequencies gone? What areas once used 30 Hz, and why? Votes are +10/-3, there are three good answers with summed votes +18/-0, and the answers. The stated close reason is: ...
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Why was this question closed?

This question is from my perspective, a perfectly reasonable one. The OP does not appear to be asking about a particular product or where to buy, but rather if a source of supply they have found (...
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What's our policy regarding safety related issues without engineering context?

Sometimes, there are questions bluntly in the order of "What happens when I stick a nail into wall socket while holding it?" does-this-strategy-for-crossing-electrified-water-work deleted Does a ...
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How can we justify such disparity in closing/downvoting questions?

Someone asked a question on EE.SE: Does this strategy for crossing electrified water work? The asker said it was based on this previous EE.SE question: Does a dangling wire really electrocute me if ...
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Explicit close reason: "OP bought undocumented stuff, asks us instead of seller for documentation"

There's numerous instances where inexperienced users bought things off the internet that didn't come with anything resembling sufficient documentation, often even of very basic things like operating ...
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How could I make this question on topic?

I realize its fairly old now, but my question about bench testing a power supply was voted closed, and cited "recommendations for specific products or places to purchase them" as the cause. Here's ...
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Put close reasons on the help page

As stated in these comments on Would questions about peripherals asking in user perspective be on-topic?, these close reasons are currently not in the help page. Presumably that they are frequent ...
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How to deal with "Explain/Fix this Circuit I found somewhere (and don't really understand)" kind of questions?

There's a significant amount of questions¹ of the type: Here's a {LED driver|amplifier|inverter|…} circuit I found on some website, explain how it works, or why we need {component}? Problems with ...
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Off topic question on hold, no real answer

So I asked a question, which is now on hold. I get why it's on hold (off topic), but I specifically asked in the question if there might be a better stack where the question might be fit for migration....
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Closing Homework with no attempt as Off-Topic

I find myself all too frequently voting to close a question and having to give a custom reason along the lines of "Homework questions with no attempt at a solution are off-topic". In fact I see a fair ...
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Alternative to "New Close Reason" -- a Basic Electronics Commun Wiki Series

Having just posted Proposal for new close reason -- "Low expertise", "Too Basic", another approach springs to mind. Instead of answering such questions, we would answer them in a ...
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Proposal for new close reason -- "Low expertise", "Too Basic"

I was just looking at What electronic component can interrupt a powered circuit?, and then came here and saw What is the acceptable level of hostility towards questions? How about some new close ...
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Why a question on LTspice settings is not "on-topic"?

I really cannot understand why this question about LTspice settings was abruptly downvoted and, moreover, closed in almost no time. OK, it wasn't the best question one could expect, but it was ...
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"Repair or modification" close change

Short and simple: I propose that the current close vote option regarding repair be expanded to cover modification as well. So: Questions on the repair of consumer electronics, appliances, or other ...
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Why was this repair question put on hold?

A relatively new user asked this question about repairing a faulty capacitor on his TV but it was put on hold as off-topic due to a policy that "repair" questions are considered off-topic. However, ...
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Off-Topic Close Reasons

Good news everyone! As you may have noticed, there have been changes to the close system. One of these changes is that there are new reasons for closing a question. We (as a community) get to tweak ...
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Why was this post closed as offtopic?

I have no clue as to why the following post was closed as 'off-topic'. Audio amplifier kills FM radios signal Also, wouldn't it be better if the moderators can leave a little bit of detail with a ...
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Was my real-time programmering question off-topic?

I want to learn real-time programming. I asked this and it's near getting closed: What features distinguishes real-time from other types of os? Should I not at all have asked this question or could ...
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Why is "describe a process of communication" non real question?

I asked the question How network card communicates with other hardware components?. What's wrong with the question and how can I make the question better to have chance for answer? That's not fair ...
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Are book recommendations a good fit for this site?

Arduino book recommendation This isn't exactly a shopping question, but it certainly has its share of problems. It will generate a list of responses, rather than one correct answer. Answers will ...
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Does 'Neat Electrical Tricks' belong on our site?

There's a question on the front page: https://electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/16630/neat-electrical-tricks#question I'm looking for any neat tricks/hacks you have come across in your careers. ...
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Can we have a "Bad Shopping Question" reason for closing?

It seems that the reasons available for closing a question are ill suited for closing bad shopping questions. The currently available reasons are: Why should this question be closed? exact duplicate:...
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What should we do about old and/or off-topic questions that get bumped?

This question just came to the top of the front page: When do non TEM waves occur? This is a purely physics-based question. At this minute, the SE 1.0 site is gone and the area51 beta is not up yet. ...