Can we reduce the number of close votes required when people really really don't like the question?
When a question has a -4 score, should it still require five people to close it? Why not four? Or three, if it has a -5 score?
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No, this is not a good idea, for (at least) two reasons:
question quality is a different metric from on-topic-ness. They are often correlated, but not the same thing. Questions can be badly formulated but not off-topic, or of great quality, but still very much off-topic.
We have plenty of popular questions on Stack Overflow that are closed as off-topic, and plenty of on-topic questions that really should have shown more research before being asked. The former need to be closed just as fast, the latter may deserve being answered, not closed faster.
It would give everyone super-close votes. Just vote to close and downvote, and you can get any question closed with just 3 users! We could just as well lower the vote-to-close count to 3 instead.