@TIPS I believe you were the one who said the reason for closing a question is to prevent an answer. I am not sure how familiar with the way ELU works, but there are bad questions that still attract poor-quality answers. That's why they should be closed like this one. english.stackexchange.com/questions/315/effect-vs-affect. Asking me to leave those answers just because they are several years old doesn't sound reasonable.
@TIPS Regarding once a question gets many answers, closing loses its meaning., I don't agree with you. It might work on Chemistry SE, but it doesn't on ELU.
@TIPS The number of answers and whether there is acceptance don't have any bearing on deciding whether to close a question or not. Many closable questions have answers and acceptance.
@TIPS The problem of not closing them is they continue to attract poor answers. That's it.
@TIPS This question english.stackexchange.com/questions/237494/… has 14 answers (one accepted, three deleted) and 14 months old. Do you know why we decided to close this question? Look at the number of low-quality answers. All three deleted answers were posted by newbies.
Next time, do me a favor and ping me only once, OK @Rath?
@Rathony The fact that you can close it doesn't mean that you should.
Again, you're doing that binary thing about rules.
"BURN IT WITH FIRE" or "Leave it be".
That is incorrect.
If a question attracts low quality answers, God has created the protect option.
If you can't protect, God has created mod flags.
Again, the fact that you should close something because it gets poor answers is false.
Obviously, deciding the ultimate fate of a question is a case-by-case thing.
You wouldn't have closed that question, someone else would.
This is the core moderationist spirit.
But think of it in another perspective.
A question has sit on the site for some years, and suddenly you're all summoned and vote to close it.
That doesn't leave a good impression of the site.
Of course, the chance that if you didn't close that thread it would've attracted more low quality answers weren't that high, and, I know I'm beating a dead horse because the closure would've happened anyway.
In any way, if it were a question from yesterday, I would've agreed with downright closure, but it was very old, and protection was an option.
Also your close vote is weird.
It looks just like "unclear" reworded, and it could use some links and elaboration.
Esp. considering the love of SWR.
@Rathony No. It applies everywhere. You don't need to see something in the help center to know it's a thing. We all have something called common sense.
It's just that it's a general statement, and won't work and adapt to some situations.
it is unfortunate that SO moderators dont pay attention to the questions much.
Lat week i asked a question regarding php which is not answered yet.
It looks like it is not reaching the community members because it has been down voted by somebody.
I want to ask moderators, do you pay attention to...
@Mr.ShinyandNew安宇 oh one problem with your idea. If I delete that random string which is the cookie (when user changes his password), there is a low possibility of being the same new random string with the previous one. In this case user still will be logged into all devices.
@KitZ.Fox I'd inquire about composition (silica/diamond/emery), backing, and if the area has been cleaned, but that is probably irrelevant a this point.
Wait... were you trepanning yourself, again, and forgot to close up (a common mistake)? It would produce nearly the same feelings. Also sprinkling gravel on the site. I suggest debrading the edges with a rasp and then sprinkling a little lemon juice.
Well some people we come across on the internet that can't think outside of what media feeds them. Recently I was talking to someone on the internet (there is chat based therapy site that I visit just for fun sometimes) and when the guy found out I was from Pakistan, guess what he asked me?
Also I have gotten this a lot on the internet: women in Pakistan are oppressed. That kind of stuff only comes from people who believe and trust media and have no outside research. Of course the big media is out there to make us (muslim countries) look bad. It is as simple as that.
@Cerberus also, yes, there is terrible news about mass shootings more and more often, but fewer and fewer people are dying by gun shots overall (the murder rate is dropping). but again context...but that rate is rising in the inner city communities.
@Mitch In Ancient Athens, a venerated example of civilization, upperclass (and perhaps also other) women normally lived on the upper storey(s) of the house and weren't suppose to go out unchaperoned. The men lived on the ground floor, so the women had to go through the men's floor in order to leave the house.
@Mitch I'm not sure how to interpret that, but it is true that a great number of people drive pick-up trucks who don't really need them, isn't it?
@Cerberus I think unnecessary cowboy hats (that is cowboy hats worn by people in the non-agricultural areas) are only more common in say Texas. Most of the rest of the South doesn't do that. But 'more common' doesn't mean common. It just means instead of 'holy crap I saw a guy wearing a cowboy hat last week, and he wasn't in the Village People' that you'd get in the north-east,...
beret's cover your bald spot. baseball caps keep the sun out of your eyes. balaclava (or those big flufffy russian hats) keep your head toasty warm
@Cerberus so no, not substantial at all across the US. possibly, depending on your definition of substantial, in Texas and surrounding areas.
@Cerberus actual guns sold? I'm not sure if the rate is rising. After every mass shooting it certainly does because people think the government is going to crack down on gun sales (because people are idiots)
@Cerberus that would be a statistic that is weird. just consider mass shootings (crazy guys, whether off their meds or rationally carrying out a terrorist plan). is the body count, per episode, rising? I still don't know. Orlando was the biggest ever I think, so that sticks out, and biases us to think the worst.
@Cerberus I bet that's only for super rich people. normal people can't afford that complication.
@Cerberus I don't know about great number, but I am pretty sure that of those who drive them, yes, more than 50% don't need them for work
@Cerberus out of 50? yes Texas is as big as France, but it is not representative of the US.
But US is to the world as Texas is to the US
or is it as Bavaria is to Germany?
Or West Country is to England?
@Cerberus probably. but note the other statistic I mentioned. there are fewer and fewer Americans that own at least one gun. So calculating that means that some people are stockpiling (or 'collecting') which may actually be the scarier thing altogether.
@Cerberus I was trying to get away from the labeling thing by calling them mass shootings, as opposed to the much more usual ...um... home violence against one or two, or home accident, which again is not as common as thought (though terrible)