I saw a moderator active on a question that I thought was off-topic and they did not close it... and it annoyed me. Mods should do the right thing, all the time, every time. Right?

A moderator not closing a question does not mean the question is on topic. If you feel the question is off-topic, vote to close it; it takes 3 votes to close, whether a moderator edited, commented or answered it.

That quote above is something that crossed my mind several times before I became a moderator. Some questions that were obviously off-topic were commented on, edited and (even worse!) answered by a moderator.

That's okay to disagree. Mods votes are unilateral and sometimes we find that a question is borderline, so we don't vote to close. Or we only have time to do a small thing on it and don't have time to properly close it.

But that does not mean that we're always right. So, again, if you think it's off-topic, vote :)

That's the power you, the community, have.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Yes, we're hesitant to close since it's one vote to do so and that feels... draconian. If i see something with close votes already, I'm more likely to pull the trigger. \$\endgroup\$
    – Almo Mod
    Commented May 1 at 14:20


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