I. Short Version
Make it easier for lesser rep users who actually contribute in janitorial work, by giving them access to some of these tools between 3k and 10k.
II. Long Version
Upon reaching 10k, a user has access to a "tools" page which lets them view questions with close votes, delete votes, edit queues, migration stats, etc. The last meaningful privilege that a user earns is at 3k, which is the ability to vote to close/reopen. The 5k privilege of approving tag wiki edits is absolutely worthless because there is no way of knowing which tags have been edited and are waiting for approval! So effectively, it's a barren stretch from 3k to 10k, and given that privileges feed our hidden masochistic desire to clean up the muck, my request in this post is to gradually rollout the different 10k tools for users who help keep the site clean.
B. Recognize users who actually contribute in janitorial work
There are users who are of tremendous help to the community and have been working hard without access to any of these tools. We should stop placing 10k users on a pedestal and start making it easier for lesser rep users who actually contribute in janitorial work by giving them access to tools. For example:
- Let users who also have the
Strunk & Whitebadge earn the privilege to view edit queues at 3k#. This way, the badges count for something other than merely being show pieces on your profile and there is a motivation to work towards something.
- If they have successfully closed/reopened (not cast votes) say 50 posts, they can be granted access to the close queue at 5k#. I understand that this might be a harder number to track (maybe not...).
- Let users who have the
Deputybadge review flags in the queue at 7.5k# rep.
This way, SE can recognize the efforts of these users with something more than a measly badge and they too, in turn, will be more than happy to be able to assist in cleaning up with the help of shiny new tools.
C. Possible extension to other users
While II-B above is the primary intent of this post, it might not be a bad idea to ponder about extending this to other users.
For example, for users without the respective badges, you could grant access to the edit queue at 5k, close queue at 7.5k and flag review page at 10k. So here, the incubation time is 2.5x the rep at which they earn the right to edit/close (as opposed to roughly 1.5x for those with badges).
Currently, the 10k tools are a big dump of statistics and queues, which actually end up disappointing a lot of folks who think they get access to mod hammers. As Shog9 notes, there could also be the possibility of people going berserk when they see a big list to burn all 50 close votes. By rolling out the tools one by one, the least harmful first, we can greatly minimize this and perhaps even train them the right way.
- A user first learns to use the tools with the edit queue. This is the least harmful of all, because a bad edit approval/rejection can be trivially fixed by just a single user with 2k rep. On the other hand, a wrong closure requires 5 other users with 3k rep to reopen. In the period it takes for them to get from 5k to 7.5k, hopefully they'd have learned to not go crazy and review and act only on those that they know for sure are correct.
- A lot of the flags are for dupes/not constructive/etc., which are flagged by <3k rep users. This unnecessarily adds to the mod queue. By letting more users see the close queue and act on it, such flags get resolved sooner, and the mods can utilize their time for more important flags.
- By the time they reach 10k, users have an idea of what to expect and won't have their hopes too high or too low. They'd also figure out how much time is worth spending on each and perhaps learn to use the tools better.
- More users involved in clean up ==> less crap to stink up the place.
#The actual thresholds and nitty-gritties are up for debate or left to the discretion of the dev team.