Update: Found in the "Highest voted questions" list on the 10k tools "stats" tab today:
- What are ten really good, short programs you can write to help become fluent with a new language? (question is +37 and best answer is +27)
- How does C compute sin() and other math functions? (question is +23 and best answer is +15)
both with obvious duplicates of long standing. I've voted to close, but I doubt it will ever happen, not am I entirely sure it would be fair at this point.
But I think is points out very clearly that we're not getting enough policing.
On any given day, I can open the 10k tools on Stack Overflow, go to the close tab, and burn through all my close votes in an hour or so (hey, I take some time to compare proposed duplicates and search out better ones myself, and try to write politely encouraging comments to users I guess may be to be new or sensitive).
And it doesn't make a dent in the supply of bad questions that need to go.
I put to you a set of linked questions:
- Do we need to get more questions closed?
- If so, what can we do to encourage more closing?
- What do we need to do to maintain quality control while we do it?
- Are the cultural norms we bring to closing sufficiently professional? What can we do to create fewer hurt feeling even while we maintain discipline and focus on the site?
Some related questions:
- Are we closing the right questions right now?
- Are we closing too many good questions, and if so are they getting consistently re-opened?
Many related resources:
- Can we have a longer list of close nominated questions in the tools:close page?
- Shouldn’t we encourage people to try to “edit” questions before closing them?
- Can (and should) more be done to encourage users to search first and ask only if the don’t find an existing answer? and several other like it
- Badge for Closing Question
- Too many questions are being closed as “not programming related” and Why don’t Stack Overflow users STILL know how to close questions appropriately?
- Are there better alternatives to closing questions?