Edit 02 Mar 2021: in line with the suggestions in the comments below, I asked a new question on Quant SE Meta here, with a clearly defined and narrower scope than the previous one. With no down-votes and six up-votes (as I outline below, there is only about ~10 higher-rep users on Quant SE who regularly contribute at the moment and would engage on Meta, so 6 votes is a decent result).
Combined with the discussion under my original Quant SE meta question here, where users also expressed their preference for a more agile way to deal with low quality posts, the consensus is that we would prefer if 2 or 3 higher rep users could close low-quality questions on Quant SE (instead of the current 5).
What would be the next steps, please, to request an implementation of this? Any guidance on this would be highly appreciated.
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Additionally, based on my experience, only a handful of "higher-reputation users" (say rep > 1000) regularly dedicate their time to answering questions (perhaps 10, sometime more, other times less). Quant SE regularly receives "burts" or lower-quality questions that should not feature on the site, mainly for the following reasons:
- too basic
- off topic
- simply "low quality", poorly phrased, or copy-paste homework (I am sure many other SE communities "suffer" from the same)
- career advice
- many other reasons
Due to the relatively small size of the active community on Quant SE and only two admins, I believe it would be strongly beneficial if high-reputation users (say above 5K), could either:
- single-handedly close low quality questions (until the OP improves the question, or permanently, if the question is not improved)
- make the low quality question invisible (until the OP improves the question, or permanently, if the question is not improved)
Such proposal hopefully doesn't seem "too far fetched", since 10K users on Stack Overflow can single-handedly delete questions (Edit: I learned in the comments that multiple votes would still be required, so ignore the word "single-handedly").
(so being able to close questions or make these invisible until they are improved seems like a reasonable "lower-level" privilege for - say - 5K reputation users).
Many users on Quant SE raised a similar point in the past (for example here), and the general feeling is that:
- multiple users having to vote first to close a question is time-consuming and a more agile way of dealing with low quality questions would be preferred
- with only two admins, it would be beneficial to take some burden off their shoulders (they do an amazing job, but they can't just spend their time deleting low quality posts or closing questions)
- low quality questions distract and degrade the Quant SE website (as pointed out in the example above, which I reference here one more time, some users will just naturally burn out after having to sift through really basic or low quality posts day in, day out, let alone that some finance professionals will not want to be associated with Quant SE if there are too many low quality, poorly phrazed or basic questions): therefore some Quant SE community contributors (including myself) would prefer if some low quality questions could be made invisible by higher-rep trusted community users, until they are improved (or permanently deleted, if they are not improved). Or, at the very least, it would be beneficial if low quality questions could be single-handedly closed by high-rep trusted community members (until the OP improves the question, or permanently, if the question is not improved).
I open the floor to comments and further questions, regarding my proposal,
Edit: from the comments below, the Hardware Recommendations SE model would seem great for Quant SE: if only 1 vote is required to close a question but then again only 1 other vote is required to open said question, that seems a fair and agile way to deal with low quality posts.
Alternatively, the Three voting closure linked in the comments would be an improvement too.
Could someone please clearly guide me on how I can request either of these for implementation on Quant SE?