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I feel like it is currently too hard for non-moderators to close and re-open questions on Webmasters. According to 2021: a year in moderation in the last year our moderators closed 989 questions while non-moderator users only successfully voted to close 2 questions. According to A Theory of Moderation "The ideal moderator does as little as possible" and reserves their big-hammer single-vote close actions for questions that are blatantly off-topic.

I propose that we reduce the number of close votes from regular users that it takes to close a question from five to three. If we wanted to do this, a community manager told me that they could make the change for us. Stack Overflow already made this change two years ago. They found that "lower close/reopen vote thresholds, better enables individuals to trigger each critical action: close, reopen, edit." I'd hope that if we made the same change here it would better empower our community and take much of the burden for keeping our site on-topic off the shoulders of the moderators.

Should we follow suit with Stack Overflow and reduce the close, re-open, and edit thresholds from five to three?

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    This question has been up for a week and received only positive feedback. I retagged this as status-review to summon staff. We are ready for this change. Jan 26 at 18:45
  • @V2Blast What do we need to do to make this happen? Feb 1 at 8:50
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    That's all you need to do for now – adding the [status-review] tag creates a ticket for us internally, and then it can be assigned to the relevant CMs.
    – V2Blast StaffMod
    Feb 1 at 15:11
  • @V2Blast Is this request stuck somewhere? It has been status-review for more than a month now. Feb 28 at 9:16
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    The task was on our backlog/between teams for a while, but now that the CM teams have been reorganized, we're hoping to be able to start going through these on a regular basis soon.
    – V2Blast StaffMod
    Mar 16 at 15:39

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I think the numbers speak for themselves. Currently, if a moderator doesn't close a question it's likely not going to be closed.

I agree that we should lower the vote to close threshold to three votes.

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    Yes. ..........
    – Steve
    Jan 25 at 4:02

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