We already have post regarding regular votes (Vote Early, Vote Often (Seriously)), but I want to cast a special light on close votes. Private beta is about making the scope of the site more clear. Thus, trying to close questions you think are not a good fit is essential.

Don't hesitate to vote to close questions you think are a bad fit. People will either agree or disagree, by joining your close vote, abstaining or challenging you on meta. Either way every discussion about what's on scope and what's not on scope is a good discussion. It sharpens the scope and sets precedents we can work with.

Remember you can access the review queues earlier and have the privilege to close vote as long as we are in private beta even without those 2k reputation. It's a basic privilege in private beta. Also remember if you bring something to meta and it's not well received, you do not lose reputation on meta for down voting or being down voted. So vote on meta on those on-topic questions.

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    Right, very important now to properly define the scope of the site.
    – Ghanima Mod
    Commented Dec 7, 2016 at 10:18
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    I'm voting to close this question because it is unclear what you are asking. ;-) Jk, btw.
    – anonymous2 Mod
    Commented Dec 7, 2016 at 15:13

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It seem important at this stage to differentiate between down-voting an on-topic but poorly researched question, and voting to close. I tend to vote unclear maybe too frequently on other sites - I think we need to make special effort here, this week, to rescue weak questions (which means more comments on the questions emphasising this topic)

  • I like that approach. Although questions can also be closed, edited and then reopened. Which way to go has to be decided on question by question basis.
    – Helmar Mod
    Commented Dec 8, 2016 at 9:09
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    This hits what I've been thinking on the head perfectly; don't use close votes as a super-downvote just because you think there isn't enough research (but, on the other hand, don't post without any research when the answer could be found trivially easily!)
    – Aurora0001
    Commented Dec 8, 2016 at 10:12

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