Stack Overflow now has a 3 close vote threshold

We’re lowering the close/reopen vote threshold on Stack Overflow from 5 to 3.

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Other sites can have whatever threshold is most appropriate for them

I took that to heart and started a Meta on DIY.SE, since I figured that would be the first step for any community would be that. Other sites have followed suit. But then we wind up with

  1. Post on Meta
  2. ???
  3. Close vote threshold lowered

What do we need to do once we have a rough community consensus?

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    I'd guess 2 would actually be to contact a CM (chat, e-mail) saying your community has decided it would like a particular setting changed, and ask them to actually do so, like this answer suggests in the bottom half? If you can't do so yourself (not a mod), you could ask a mod to do so.
    – Tinkeringbell Mod
    Commented Jan 8, 2020 at 18:27
  • I wasnt aware of that change, thanks for your post, just asked my community if it's something they would want too, as I can see only positive value to that
    – yagmoth555
    Commented Jan 8, 2020 at 20:31
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    It is relevant what Catija mentioned in the request in Japanese.SE: what I generally do is a one-month test and then we compare some stats before and after to see what impact the change had. So I would expect these requests to go into a queue of sites where this will be tested. Commented Jan 10, 2020 at 9:01

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We've had the same process and debate at Spanish Language. In the meantime, as the current moderator for the site I asked JNat in a private chat what should we do in order to get the vote count threshold effectively lowered, and he said:

When you feel enough discussion has taken place, and a consensus was reached, just email us.

So step 2 would be just having a moderator for your site to contact the CMs by emailing them at the usual community@... or team@... addresses at StackExchange or StackOverflow dot com.

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    Note: Rather than emailing the CMs, mods can now escalate a meta post for staff attention simply by adding the [status-review] tag, as explained here.
    – V2Blast
    Commented Oct 1, 2022 at 0:12

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