If a question is

  • a month or more old
  • has the score of 0
  • has no answer

there is no need to close it. If you find it's unclear or otherwise unsuitable for the site, just downvote it. With the score of -1, it will be automatically deleted by a script that runs weekly.

There are few people who review closevotes regularly on the site. I used to do it more often, and am trying to get back to doing it now, but I'd rather not face a stream of mind-numbingly boring, long-forgotten posts unless it's necessary.

  • Not one per week; there were 6 in the queue this morning, most of which fit the above description.
    – user135384
    Dec 2, 2017 at 19:02

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I disagree with downvoting questions that one finds unclear or otherwise unsuitable for the site. Downvoting, in addition to being not so friendly, doesn't educate the OP, unlike closing, which gives a reason to the OP.

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    Then it makes sense that you will not downvote those questions, while I will.
    – user135384
    Dec 15, 2017 at 22:22
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    @CrazyIvan Actually, you gave a good example: one could otherwise downvote and leave a comment :-) Dec 15, 2017 at 22:32
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    The guidance for the downvote button is "This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful". You, of course, can vote how you like, but downvoting is specifically for questions that are unclear or otherwise unsuitable for the site. And, really, it's not a signal to the author so much as a signal to future readers.
    – ale
    Dec 18, 2017 at 13:34
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    @ale unsuitable is very broad. Eg if is unsuitable because it's off topic even though it was a well researched question, then imho it's best to close as off topic. Dec 18, 2017 at 17:23

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