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The 10k queue currently has and always has a large number of close question flags from people who don't yet have the vote-to-close privilege (3000 rep) that never get checked.

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A while ago waffles asked the question 26,000 questions have close votes, now what?, and so here's what I think should now happen;

A flag-to-close from a <3000 rep user should lower the threshold of votes needed from >3000rep users to close the question. Without having data that's easily to manipulate, I'm not sure exactly how much this should lower the threshold, but I'm thinking something along the lines of 2 flags = 1 close vote.

I still think it's important that the close procedure still gets the attention of >3000 rep users, so I propose a limit on the number of close-vote-spaces that can be filled by <3000 rep users; e.g. flags-to-close can occupy 3 vote spaces, but 2 votes must come from >3000 rep users.

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Are you calling us <3k-ers "poor people"? I'm personally offended and will be writing a nasty letter to my congressman about this incident. – jadarnel27 Feb 23 '12 at 17:26
I don't think that any two flags should be automagically turned into close votes. Especially from a user who has not yet proven themselves knowledgeable enough to cast these votes and hence does not have the privilege to do so. – Lix Feb 23 '12 at 17:28
What about the people who have high "helpful flag" rates? I'm not over 3k on SO, but I can at least know that half the facebook and code dump questions are off topic @lix – simchona Feb 23 '12 at 17:31
@simchona - Oh defiantly - there are many active users on FSO who have a very firm grasp of things. What becomes dangerous is when any 2 flags get put on steroids and transmogrify into a VTC... But where do you draw the line? What is defines a "high" count of helpful flags? – Lix Feb 23 '12 at 17:34
@lix ok then I agree with you then. I thought you were totally against this – simchona Feb 23 '12 at 17:35
@simchona - FSO is a darkcorner of Stack Overflow... The sheer volume of Facebook customer support posts and off-topic questions IMO validate extra special attention as requested by one such active user on FSO. We need a meta-facebook site to talk about issues there ;) – Lix Feb 23 '12 at 17:37
How about showing the queue to more people? I'm >3k but <10k, and I always have somewhere around 30-35 unused close votes at the end of the day. I'd gladly put those close votes to use, but I can't find the questions in need of closing. – Juhana Feb 23 '12 at 17:41
@jadarnel27 The politically correct term is "reputation-impaired" – Michael Mrozek Feb 23 '12 at 17:53
@MichaelMrozek: It's "reputation-challenged," not "impaired." – Robert Harvey Feb 23 '12 at 18:05
Existing feature request to fix the FSO problems is here. – Cody Gray Feb 23 '12 at 19:01
@Juhana: I feel that's a much better solution to the problem than my suggestion! You'll have my +1 if you open a feature request! – Matt Feb 24 '12 at 10:08

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