When a question is put "on hold", I verified three or four times (when my answer was ready), most of the "close" voters seem to be rather older programmers. It's not that I'm interested, but I can see their names and I have already lost time with the answer. Is this a fact? Is up there a council of the elders?

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    It's true: i.imgur.com/P1zaUwb.png You might be able to join, but No Homers allowed.
    – asawyer
    Jan 7, 2014 at 16:19
  • @asawyer Well I'm Bart, coming of age
    – Liviu
    Jan 7, 2014 at 16:23
  • @Random from ... "Ashley Judd": you can't have 32 since Ashley Judd has 45. You should have said ... Sophia Loren.
    – Liviu
    Jan 7, 2014 at 16:29
  • People also tend to filter the close vote queue by tag so it's likely you'll see the same people closing a lot of questions in particular tags.
    – OGHaza
    Jan 7, 2014 at 16:35
  • -4 ?? Wow, such pain!
    – Liviu
    Jan 7, 2014 at 20:55
  • @Liviu Ha, minus 4, barely breaking a sweat (or meta has an exagerated voting style, lots of downvotes, but lots of upvotes too) Jan 7, 2014 at 22:35
  • In theory even six years old kid can get to 3K and cast close votes. We have couple of teenage moderators. More than that? Jan 7, 2014 at 22:36
  • @ShadowWizard Although if you are less than 13 it is more complicated. On a related note, I believe we had a teenage moderator at one point so age is no barrier Jan 7, 2014 at 22:40
  • @RichardTingle it's just matter of hiding your age. :) Jan 7, 2014 at 22:47
  • @ShadowWizard In theory, there could be robots, succesful scientific experiments on monkeys and genius 2 years old kids. But you didn't get my point, don't you? In practice, most of the close voters are elders. "Fly, fly, fly, little Clarice"
    – Liviu
    Jan 9, 2014 at 13:41
  • @ShadowWizard By the way, Random's nickname may be more idiotic than yours, but at least he's from Ashley Judd. How old are you, really?
    – Liviu
    Jan 9, 2014 at 13:44
  • @Liviu I'm 1000 years old, close friend of Gandalf. Happy now? And I can't get your point since there's no point here, just a rant. So what if the age of those who do X is Y? Jan 9, 2014 at 14:33
  • @ShadowWizard The first point is that these guys are closing questions for fun or lack of occupation (apparently, it comes with the age). And, if you can think more than the stupid people from your hobbit stories, there's another point: this site tends to be an oligarchy, not a democracy. Just like a child you love Sparta, but, trust me, Athens was better. Personally, I'm against downvotes (Facebook is smarter!), but that's another story, enough talking to you, "Fly, fly, fly, little Clarice!"
    – Liviu
    Jan 9, 2014 at 14:49
  • @Liviu I fear Stack Overflow is not the place for you then. Downvotes and closing questions are part of the game, whether you like it or not. If you think people are doing it for fun then it's too bad, but nothing me or anyone else of the stupid people on this planet will say can change your mind. Shadow Wizard, out. P.S. don't think it's a duplicate, voting to reopen for what it's worth. Jan 9, 2014 at 15:17
  • Some work for you: stackoverflow.com/questions/37342469/… YOU live! I have my glasses now!
    – Liviu
    May 20, 2016 at 9:45

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Anyone with 3k reputation can vote to close a question, or vote to reopen the question.

  • Oh, nothing about the age? Because I think I have it.
    – Liviu
    Jan 7, 2014 at 16:19
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    @Liviu Age is irrelavent, as I said, all that matters is having 3k reputation.
    – Servy
    Jan 7, 2014 at 16:21
  • "You can accept an answer in 3 minutes" : hope they are not that fast!
    – Liviu
    Jan 7, 2014 at 16:27

There is no "council of the elders", per se, but anyone with 3k+ reputation can close or reopen a question, and so you might see some names commonly crop up on the "closed by" box. Age really doesn't matter on SE, we have had some 5 year olds as well as 257 year olds on here, as given by their age box on their profile page


First, you cannot see downvoters.

If you mean people that voted to close the question, they are more experienced users yes because you need 3k reputation to vote and close.

  • I said "down" voters (in this context), not "downvoters" (in general).
    – Liviu
    Jan 7, 2014 at 16:18
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    @Liviu: It would be more accurate (and less confusing) to say "close voters".
    – ale
    Jan 7, 2014 at 16:19
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    It's past the 12th night, I think you need a namechange...
    – JonW
    Jan 7, 2014 at 16:19
  • @JonW Can't -_- Have to wait Jan 7, 2014 at 16:33

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