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In the scenario where the question is unanswered, I suggest the following: Add a comment explaining why the question is obsolete. Include a supporting reference. Flag the question for moderator attention. Once we confirm the unanswered question is now irrelevant, we can: Close the question, and Delete it, eventually.


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You say that you aren't really an expert in "United States," but in order to earn your united-states gold badge you needed to answer over 200 financial questions and obtain over 1000 upvotes on those answers. Only 17 users have managed to do that, and the thinking is that if you have been able to do that, you probably have an above-average ...


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We have a history of closing questions on this site that ask about breaking laws. However, when I read this particular question, it seems to me that the OP is asking about how to legally pay for his foreign schooling given the restrictions in his home country. I would not call this money laundering, and I don’t see any reason to close this question.


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It's a great idea to be cleaning up old questions that should never be answered, thank you! I think we should be careful about being too aggressive with this, though. The query picked up a number of quite recently closed questions, including several that are still new enough to be described as "on hold" instead of "closed". That language is deliberate, to ...


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You may want to actually consider leaving the question for historical purposes. While an individual implementation (e.g. a particular spot market) may have been wound down, there may be an historical precedent or principle in the answer that is still relevant. I agree that the question should be updated to reflect the situation - but the principles and the ...


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I THINK your leave open vote will count towards removing the item from the queue, but will not undo a close vote. 5 votes to close 3 reviews to get out of the queue 3 reopen votes opens the question again. I don't think skips have any effect but to let the person go on to the next question. As a mod, I skip all the time because my votes are binding. I'll ...


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I'm in two minds on this. On the one hand, it seems unfriendly to delete content that people have written, generally in good faith. On the other hand, I do think off-topic questions clutter up the site, and also encourage more of the same to be posted. Mostly they get high votes because of HNQ, and I don't think the votes actually reflect the quality. So ...


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Should more effort go into reopening some of the closed questions? I've been mulling this conversation over for a while. We have two conflicting problems that we're trying to reconcile here. We want to keep the site clean, but there are some questions that might be salvageable with some effort. We close questions that are off-topic knowing that with effort ...


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To the extent that it makes sense to have a hammer on close votes, I think general long-standing participation in the site is probably sufficient. Nearly all questions on this site are quite interrelated in terms of the broad subject matter, enough so that I would say anyone with that level of proven participation should be trusted to have the core ability ...


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I think that closed questions that have been closed sufficiently long should be deleted. Unless there's a specific, case-by-case reason for them being kept open ("historical" reasons, usually), if a question is closed because it's not a good question or not a good fit for the site, it should be deleted. It seems like this is more a question of 'should we ...


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While, typically, I think it makes sense to advise that a person abide by the laws of their country, I don't think closing a question asking about skirting a law accomplishes anything. If someone is asking how to skirt some anti-money laundering rules in their country, I think it would be perfectly acceptable to answer that "It appears you're attempting to ...


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I did not down vote, and I didn't vote to close. But I also didn't submit an answer. I saw it as too easy to go beyond just answering the question is it a good idea to store money in cryptocurrency (no), to providing the steps needed to get around the banking laws. In some cases I watch the interaction between the question and answers and then decide to ...


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