I've been noticing a rather depressing trend. If I go to the 10k tools, and look at the questions with the most upvotes, many of them immediately strike me as needing a close vote.
And I'm clearly not alone: frequently by the time I see them they are, in fact closed.
From my perspective as a undisguised proponent of relatively tight control on the content of SO, this is just another diagnosis of the broadening gap between the subjective-upvote-muppets and the janitors.
Others may find other interpretations.
In any case, I wonder: is this really as frequent as it looks? So I invite the data miners to take a stab at finding out. How often does a question shoot up 10 votes and then get closed, let alone reopened, in short order.