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As in,

Please do not __ this door after midnight.

Operate? Move?

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    I suspect that the message is because of noise. Why not address that directly?
    – tenfour
    Commented Mar 7, 2012 at 15:36
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    So if the door is closed, you don't want anyone to open it? And if the door is open, you don't want anyone to close it? That seems an odd instruction, but without more context it's hard to say.
    – Jay
    Commented Mar 7, 2012 at 16:46
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    "Don't $#^& with this door after midnight"
    – Zelda
    Commented Mar 7, 2012 at 19:16
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    I agree with @tenfour - putting a reason on a sign might make people more likely to obey the sign. I can't find it now, but I recall a study where people asked for simple favors, and got better responses when they included a reason - even if the reason was silly. "Excuse me, could I use the copier before you, because I need to make some copies." Uh, sure...
    – John C
    Commented Mar 7, 2012 at 21:14
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    Perhaps WD40 is better than a dictionary in this case?
    – user9682
    Commented Mar 8, 2012 at 0:37

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Why would you not just say "open or close"? It's unambiguous, short, and simple. I don't understand why you think you need a single word.

Please do not open or close this door after midnight.

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    anything other than "open or close" would leave me scratching my head as to why they didn't say that.
    – nohat
    Commented Mar 7, 2012 at 17:55
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    @nohat: "Please do not use this door after midnight" would leave you scratching your head?
    – Robusto
    Commented Mar 7, 2012 at 19:21
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    @Robusto We can't tell if that's what the OP meant. "Use" can also mean walk through which might be allowed. Commented Mar 7, 2012 at 19:34
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    Well, this isn't augury or holy scripture. Far too much attention has been devoted to this question already, and now we're supposed to treat this as some kind of sacred text?
    – Robusto
    Commented Mar 7, 2012 at 19:37
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    @Robusto If the door was already open, "Please do not use..." would mean, please do not walk through it. It's basically asking for someone else be helpful and close it.
    – Izkata
    Commented Mar 7, 2012 at 20:21
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I like operate or just use.

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    @tenfour: "Use" is what most people would say if they didn't overthink it. The normal use case (!) for door opening and closing involves going through it, especially when someone considers forbidding such an action.
    – Robusto
    Commented Mar 7, 2012 at 15:24
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    If I read a sign that says "do not use this door after midnight", I would think I should not go through it.
    – tenfour
    Commented Mar 7, 2012 at 15:38
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    If you're not supposed to open or close it, I can't image you would be going through it. I definitely agree that "use" seems to be the best choice. Commented Mar 7, 2012 at 15:54
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    Depending on just what the OP had in mind. He says he wants "do not open or close". So if the door was left open, someone shouldn't close it? If that's what he means, then "use" could be misleading. If I saw a sign saying "Do not use this door after midnight" and it was sitting open, I might think they want me to close it so no one can "use" it.
    – Jay
    Commented Mar 7, 2012 at 16:44
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    If the door is already open, then it would all right to walk through it. So "use" isn't right. Commented Mar 7, 2012 at 17:19
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As an alternative to the other answers:

Please do not touch this door after midnight.

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  • I think this takes it beyond what the OP is looking for. It would probably work in a small environment with a limited population. But if you have an unfamiliar population interacting regularly then the warning could be misconstrued, especially if the door is a large door with a remote opener.
    – Chad
    Commented Mar 7, 2012 at 17:30
  • @Chad: Actually, we are not sure what the OP is looking for. (As of this writing, he has not responded to several comments suggesting that clarification would be helpful.) But point taken that, depending on the door, you could open or close it without touching it. I still think this is a much better single-word answer than use, if we are to take the OP's question at face value.
    – John Y
    Commented Mar 8, 2012 at 0:10
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Swinging after midnight not allowed?

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    Apparently you don't know the definition of swinging.
    – zzzzBov
    Commented Mar 7, 2012 at 19:07
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    @zzzzBov: I suspect he knew the meaning. Charlie, thanks for the chuckle.
    – J.R.
    Commented Mar 7, 2012 at 19:16
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This door must not be used after midnight.

Or,

This door is not to be used after midnight.

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Since we seem to be implying there is a detriment to operating/using/toggling the door why not specifically ask the person not to incur the detriment: "Please don't creak the door after midnight!!" Just enumerate the negative effect as the action to avoid.

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I'd say swing in that case

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What about displace, manipulate, interact with or tamper with?

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