It's no secret that the user base and active user base as declined over the past years. At all times, we had significanly less users to help manage the site than we get on Stack Overflow.

Yet, the amount of votes required to close a question is still five, just like it was on SO. To push it further, SO lowered the threshold from five to three at the end of last year.

WebApps got through a similar process.

In order to help improve the quality on the site, if StackExchange ever gives us the possibility, do we want to try and lower the threshold to three votes needed to close/reopen a question?

There is no guarantee that SE will do this for us, as far as I'm aware, but it's worth to try and let the CM team know we are interested.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Marking this with "status-review" to let the CM team know that we'd be interested in this. Meanwhile, I'll see if I can try and manually close/reopen the questions that have 3 close/reopen votes or more. \$\endgroup\$
    – Vaillancourt Mod
    Jun 26 '20 at 15:16
  • \$\begingroup\$ Since it is nearly 1 month ago, do you get any feedback from SE if the possibility exists? \$\endgroup\$
    – wychmaster
    Jul 22 '20 at 9:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ @wychmaster Nope, I think it's on their todo list, but they did not get to it yet. I suspect it's not on their high priority list, though, so I dont expect any news anytime soon. \$\endgroup\$
    – Vaillancourt Mod
    Jul 22 '20 at 11:22
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thank you for the response. I think this "feature" would be interesting for other sites too. For example, the Computer Graphics SE where we currently have no active moderator and the active user count with enough reputation to cast votes is too small to effectively handle anything else than spam due to the high threshold. Do you think the lowering would be available to other communities too once it is "done" or do we need to create our own site-specific special treatment request? \$\endgroup\$
    – wychmaster
    Jul 23 '20 at 7:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ You may have seen that we conducted a test on 13 network sites — please stay tuned for the results of that step and next steps on this. \$\endgroup\$
    – JNat StaffMod
    Jul 9 '21 at 10:22




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