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Is the distinction too subtle between downvoting and voting to close?

A CLOSE VOTE IS NOT A SUPER-DOWNVOTE. Sorry for shouting. But this is a really important point which far too many people apparently fail to grasp. Downvotes are used at the discretion of the ...
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Is this puzzle like a mathematics exercise?

How I'd answer your questions: Question of consistency: Is there something about this puzzle that lands it in the same bin as a mathematics “problem” vs puzzle? Sort of. I admit when I first read ...
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Should "What's the Missing Number in the Series X" be allowed?

One problem with them is that you can make a serious case that any answer to these problems is valid. Mathematically, what these problems are asking is, there is a function $f : x \rightarrow y$ that ...
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What to do with "What is the best method of scrambling a rubik's cube?"

Leave it open. I'm going to start this answer in a controversial way, by quoting part of the site tour which actually doesn't usually apply here on Puzzling: Focus on questions about an actual ...
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Are questions that change the premise slightly duplicates?

I think it's important to distinguish between puzzles which change the premise slightly, but in a fashion which requires a totally different solution, versus those whose solution would be readily ...
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Proper rules for closing

too broad the question has already 3+ answers that all look plausible/acceptable I can easily think of one or more answers for this riddle Op has been contacted: -- OP states the intended answer ...
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Should "What's the Missing Number in the Series X" be allowed?

These questions are already officially off-topic. I'm not sure if that policy is still applicable, however, considering its lack of enforcement these days. Today I've gone and voted to close a bunch ...
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What to do with "What is the best method of scrambling a rubik's cube?"

Leave it open. While questions of the form "What is the best X?" ought to be closed as "opinion-based", I think this question can easily be salvaged simply by removing the word &...
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Are questions that change the premise slightly duplicates?

I've been thinking of a method of classifying the level of duplication (actually, the level of difference) of two questions for a while. I'm not suggesting this as a site-wide standard or anything, I ...
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Is the distinction too subtle between downvoting and voting to close?

I don't have VTC privilege on this site yet, but, if I did, I would be inclined to leave It is related to a type of mathematics game closed because it is a mathematics problem and not a mathematics ...
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