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Some rights that are based on reputation seem arbitrary (e.g. you need 250+ rep to vote to reopen a closed question). How are rights based on certain rep levels determined? Can they be changed once they are set, and if so how?

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The reputation values associated with privileges are set by Stack Exchange and have remained largely unchanged since Stack Overflow was launched.

The values are configurable on a site by site basis - private and public betas have lower thresholds for most privileges (and higher for a couple) than graduated sites. For a full comparison see:

Reputation requirements compared

Values would be changed if it was felt that users were abusing the power - in which case the threshold would be raised to limit the privilege - or not using enough - in which case the threshold would be lowered.

For example the ability to create tags requires 300 reputation on Super User, but 1,500 reputation on Stack Overflow because it was felt that too many low reputation users were creating bad tags.

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Some rights that are based on reputation seem arbitrary (e.g. you need 250+ rep to vote to reopen a closed question).

As mentioned in view close votes, this threshold is only valid for your own questions. You need 3,000 rep to cast close and reopen votes.

I don't think 250 is too high. If five more experienced users (read: with 3,000 reputation or more) voted to close a question, they're normally right. IF you edited your question and it doesn't accumulate the necessary reopen votes, you can always flag for moderator attention.

How are rights based on certain rep levels determined?

Some have been the way they are before there even was a Meta (so the sites' owners/administrator made the decision), but some have been discussed here.

Can they be changed once they are set, and if so how?

If you disagree with the rep threshold for a specific privilege, open a or here on Meta.

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IIRC its 250 on beta –  Manishearth Jun 14 '12 at 14:10
    
Illinois Interactive Report Card? I didn't realize we were talking about beta sites here. –  Dennis Jun 14 '12 at 14:11
    
"If I recall correctly" –  Pops Jun 14 '12 at 14:12
    
@PopularDemand: That makes more sense. –  Dennis Jun 14 '12 at 14:13
    
In beta, casting close/reopen on your own questions is 250, on all questions is 500. IIRC private beta is 100 for both, not sure. –  Manishearth Jun 14 '12 at 14:22
    
The sentence You may also cast a close or reopen vote on your questions. is buried in the View close votes privilege, so the 250 rep threshold seems to count for SO too. –  Dennis Jun 14 '12 at 14:26

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