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?

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    "if 20+ people mark a question as duplicate, it is done automatically" => Actually the system only needs 5 votes to close a question without further review. The questions in the review queue are the ones which got at least 1 close vote but less than the 5 required to actually close it.
    – syam
    Jun 7, 2013 at 7:41
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    Given the issues we're already having with robo-reviewers, I don't think we should incentivize the Close Votes queue (or any review queue) any further. Jun 7, 2013 at 7:42
  • @S.L.Barth robo-reviewers? what? Why would anyone write a robot to do reviews?
    – Dariusz
    Jun 7, 2013 at 7:49
  • @Dariusz "robo-reviewers" is the term for people who blindly click their way through the review queue, just to get a badge. Jun 7, 2013 at 7:51
  • Now imagine the mess if, instead of just getting a badge, they were rewarded with reputation... The review queues would then have very little relevance.
    – syam
    Jun 7, 2013 at 7:53
  • @syam agreed, I didn't think of that. I never seem to be able anticipate such behavior.
    – Dariusz
    Jun 7, 2013 at 7:58
  • People are already getting lazy when voting to close in the queue, such as what happened in this case, where four people rubber-stamped a bad close reason: stackoverflow.com/review/close/2255062 . Jun 7, 2013 at 14:04


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