I have recently acquired the privilege to cast close/reopen votes. There are currently 54.3k close votes on SO. And that amount is not decreasing.
Why are there so many? Aren't close votes disapperaing after a certain amount of time? If they are, why are they still in the queue?
Shouldn't something be done with all those votes? I mean, if there are really 50k+ votes queued for review, it means, that there are probably 10k+ questions that are of very disputable quality. Even if only a quarter of them really should be closed it's not good for SO, is it?
Perhaps there could be a certain threshold of close votes that automatically closes the question? For example if 20+ people mark a question as duplicate, it is done automatically without the need to review the votes.
Perhaps the reputation required for casting close votes should be lower?
Maybe there should be a reputation bonus for reviewing the questions? 1 rep for 10 valid and approved reviews or something like that?