I would like to see a soft-lock feature for 10k users. This can be considered a scaled-down version of Content Dispute lock available to diamond moderators (for the record, "mod lock" lasts for a week).
Purpose of proposed feature is, like that of other 10K-tools, as explained at respective privileges page:
assist our elected community moderators... in maintaining our community...
Programmers, and I suspect other sites too, has a number of questions roll through where the first presentation of the question is ... marginal at best. Some of the time, this is due to English as a second language issues, but in other cases there is a gem hidden within an otherwise off-topic or non-constructive question.
Due to the review queues, these questions quickly pick up close votes. And in most cases, I would say that's a good thing - the system is working as designed. However, it can be difficult to edit and clarify the questions worth saving before they have picked up a critical mass of close votes which almost guarantees the question's short-term fate. Oftentimes, I'll see a question worthy of clarifying but I won't have the time right then to edit and clarify.
Yes, I can always edit the question after it's closed and either vote to reopen or flag for moderator review. Reopening is hard as it just doesn't seem to attract the same level of attention despite the review queues. And it doesn't make sense to me that a community driven site should be pushing more work to the mods when there are a number of 10k users that can help carry that workload.
So I would like to request 10k+ users to be able to apply a soft-lock to buy the question time so it can be edited.
Here's what I'm envisioning with a soft-lock versus the regular lock a moderator can apply.
- It's time-boxed to a day or so. A day is enough time for me to either make the edits; open the Meta question for discussion; or get a mod to review and apply a full lock.
- The question can still be edited by 10k+ users during the soft-lock
- An explanation field ("Soft-locked for clarifying edits") is available so other 10k users can see why the soft-lock was applied.
- The soft-lock would prevent additional close votes from accumulating and / or would pull the question from the review queue.
- The soft-lock could be instantly undone by a mod, the person applying the soft-lock, or some threshold of 10k user votes.
- Whether or not new answers are fully blocked by the soft-lock is an open matter. I have seen some cases where they should have been blocked, but in other cases it wouldn't matter. When it's a hidden gem question then it's too easy for the answers to focus on the not-constructive part. At a minimum, the "protected question" functionality for answering should go into effect.