I'm going to ask this, even though it has some resemblance to other questions, but I think it's important to ask this question in this manner, because it has some semantic meaning that the other questions allude to but do not come out and say.
Should moderators close questions for reasons other than obvious violation of the rules?
I've been noticing a lot of closed questions by moderators lately, with only a single vote. For example, This one.
I did not ask the question, and i don't know the author, but something bugs me about moderators heavy handedly bypassing the community process of choosing what is and isn't a good question to ask.
True, the community can re-open a closed question, but that's a little bit like being presumed guilty until proven innocent. I think far fewer people look at closed questions and think "that should be re-opened" than people that look at open questions and think "that should be closed".
I'm not trying to suggest that moderators should have this power taken away, just that they should voluntarily leave questions to the community unless they are obviously violating the rules. Even good intentions can go bad because someone was in a hurry, or didn't read the question well enough.
I'm also not trying to suggest some kind of recourse for closed questions by moderators. I think that issue goes away if moderators don't close non-violating questions solely by themselves.
I think, by default, moderators should merely be one vote to close (or migrate) questions, with an option to force close if necessary... but SOP should that moderators votes do not (normally) carry any more weight than anyone elses (again, unless it's an obvious violation of the rules).
Moderators have a purpose, and an important one at that.. but I don't think that purpose is to decide for the community that questions are duplicates or not a real question. That's the communities job and moderators should not take it away from them.
I think people are missing the point. I am not making any judgement call as to whether the actions taken by mods in any given circumstance was correct or not. Even if the community would have done the exact same thing, it's still the communities place to make those decisions by consensus, not a single person unilaterally deciding.