There were already similar questions back here in 2011 here in 2009 respectively. However, this issue must be raised again in slightly different manner because the SO platform functionality has changed a lot since then.
Online communities are formed by its users interacting in it. If a user is active for a long period of time, he obviously proved to be useful for that community as a participant. He has shown some experience in dealing with the community rules as well.
In the other hand, moderators have become more and more powerful on SO over time, now able to close questions as they like. This poses a problem and I have observed more and more that questions are being closed by "moderators", sometimes even down-voting and closing valid and non-duplicate questions without reason or reasoning. The effect of these changes have already been pointed out here on SO in a post from 2020. Other platforms have also identified this toxic behavior on Stack Overflow, like here or here on Quora, from which I quote (direct link might not be accessible):
I can't stand Stackoverflow [sic]. As someone who has a BS in Software Engineering, I can't tell you the number of times I've banged my head against the wall, and I ask a question from time to time. Like how do I get proper exchange of data from a java server to a c# clients readbytes. It's a harder question than it sounds, but you get some 15 year old kid closing your thread.
To me, most people have problems reading at a college level, so to discourage someone from programming, because the moderator wants to feel superior is deplorable.
Besides, learning is messy business. It looks messy, it feels messy, and it can be painful to look at. SO directly hurts education and severly [sic] limits knowledge, due to it's need for drawing within the lines. More laws and rules are not what people need.
If somebody who has invested hundreds if not thousands of hours into a collective group - in this case investing countless hours asking and answering questions -, and yet he or she is still being disrespectfully treated by "moderators", who in many cases are not only younger, but also much less experienced in the topic at hand, then a community has extreme sociological problems.
I can understand that this issue is not only an issue of Q&A platforms, but a problem of Western society as a whole. The work of elderly and experienced individuals is just not honored enough as it is in other parts of the world. Instead, most inhabitants in the Western hemisphere look up to people who got a lot of power, money or both. But knowledge and experience just doesn't seem to count much anymore in the fast-living, consumer-oriented Westernized societies.
That being said, I'd still suggest a new closing system for Stack Overflow, which:
- disallows moderators to single-handedly close questions from experienced users. In addition to that,
- moderators must write at least 40 individual letters as a reason for the closing of the question of an experienced users.
A kind of double standard in favor of the more experienced users of this platform. As a result, the fast closing process of questions shall be restricted to new users with either less than 1 to 2 years on their platform or less than 1'000 points. After reaching 1'000 points or the respective time span of 1-2 years, questions by users with at least 200 points shall not be closed easily by moderators, but only by several votes for closing as it was the case in the early days of SO, and in addition to that by writing at least 40 letters with the reasons.
I know that this might come too late since a lot of good people with 10k or more already left, but at least I tried to suggest building a more friendlier and more respectful Q&A platform.
Here's another source proving my point. A lot of people are sick that their good questions are being closed without any reasons. I wouldn't go as far as calling these moderator trolls as in the article, even though the behavior resembles trolling. Yet the crumbling community is probably the reason why the founders lost their trust and sold the company.