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Please vote to close (or not) based on the question in its current form. This is especially important with migrations (“belongs on …”), because having a question migrated then closed is a far worse experience than closed on-site. When a question is migrated from site A to site B, it is closed and locked on site A and created open on site B. If site B closes ...


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Yes, closed questions are valid duplicate targets. I often see off-topic questions that have been asked multiple times before, and closing as a duplicate of an earlier occurrence of the question is arguably the cleanest way to deal with them. This way you don't have to debate the close reason a second time because it has likely been explained in comments on ...


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I commend your restraint, I agree that these questions are pretty bad. Mainly because to be answered we first need to get clarity on what they are wanting to do/protect etc. They are hard work questions- a comment helping them improve could be a good response, but I also understand a VTC.


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You can retract a close vote. The interface is somewhat counterintuitive: you need to click on the “close” button, and if you've already voted to close, instead of the “Vote To Close” button at the bottom right, you get a “Retract Close Vote” button. If other people have voted to close, it's a good idea to comment to explain why you retracted your close ...


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Under review choose the queue you are interested in. Then click history. You would then end up on this page. On the bottom on the page you will find a link to show only your own reviews. Once you are seeing only your own reviews there will be a checkbox to include skipped reviews in the list. (The links available at the bottom of the page vary slightly ...


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I think every single one I have seen is actually a programming question and not a security question. I think the red flag is when they are focussed on the desired output and not the tool. ("I want a list like X" vs "How does crunch work?"). A fine line we need to walk is the difference between a question that has information security as the core subject and ...


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100% agree. Here is a closed question that is a good example of the problem: Metasploit ssh_enumusers stops instantly So long user72598. We hardly knew ye. It might have been nice to keep him around since he seems to actually be gaining experience in using security tools and found a bug in Metasploit that the author of Metaploit responded to in that ...


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I hadn't seen that question, but I can see why it got those close votes: the final sentence is not answerable - it could be yes or no. In principle though I agree with you - I think the question would be fine if we just deleted that line.


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It isn't showing that you flagged as a duplicate. It's showing that you flagged for recommended closure, and this disables both flagging as “should be closed” and flagging as a duplicate. “Duplicate” and “should be closed” are both recommended closure flags.


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Once you have 250 rep you will be able to do this. From the privileges page: View Close Votes Privilege Type: Moderation Privilege Awarded At: 250 Reputation This privilege allows you to view and cast close and reopen votes on your own questions


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As stated by Rory Alsop, users with 250 rep can vote to close your own question. Note that even if users self-vote their questions to be closed, it will be just another vote; it still won't be binding. (Only duplicate votes by gold badgers and all votes by mods are binding) However, the alternative option is to delete your question as a courtesy for ...


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This has been asked a few times on Meta.SE as it applies to all of Stack Exchange. That one has been a feature request since July 2015, and various folks agree it would be useful, but there is no action on it yet. From looking at those type of questions it looks like it's not high enough priority to get it done "now", as the existing functionality does work ...


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Looking at it, I can see two problems. You haven't asked 'Is Pyrit dead'. Instead you asked if it was the preferred solution. Which is an opinion question. 'Is pyrit dead' is not suitable here. The answer will be best found by looking at the pyrit site for updates. Any answer posted here could be out of date tomorrow If you edit it to ask for a working ...


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I agree. I think the Close Vote queue is at fault to some extent - as soon as one person issues a close vote, the question appears on that queue, encouraging others to close it. In fact, I don't think it's even possible to vote to keep the question open, so even if 10 people think it should stay open, 5 close votes would be enough. I presume this close queue ...


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According to another Meta.SE question I just found, it seems there is a limitation in the database or the data request interface design which prevents to query such information: How to view history of question close votes? There's no query in SEDE that you could make to find this information. I guess it's possible that you could visit that ...


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I share the opinion of paj28 regarding the close vote queue. I also think that the close system could be improved. I still do not understand the choice to transparently make the "flag" link to actually cast a close vote instead of a flag once reputation is over 3K. What is the interest of having both a "close" and a "flag" link if using the "flag" link ...


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“Is Pyrit dead” is best answered by looking up a primary source of information about the project. “What tool should I use” is borderline between “what's the best tool” (which is a matter of opinion) and “how do I accomplish the task” (which is a good question). The point is that answers should be “here's how you can do this: <explanation>” and not “I ...


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It is safe to use _, but only if you're careful. What specifically are you trying to protect with _? Bear in mind that no one security measure alone- even _- will ensure security. Security is a frame of mind, and a set of policies, more than it is simply an individual product or protocol.


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