As Stack Exchange sites are beginning to graduate from beta, they are moving out of the beta rep benchmarks for abilities. This means that almost all users lose some of their abilities. Not a big deal on an individual level, but it also means that the community loses some of its policing abilities. Webapps, for instance, cannot close a question through community vote as only one non-mod has the ability to vote to close. While Cooking (where I'm active) technically has enough users to vote to close (with the new rep benchmarks), I'm not sure enough of them are active to actually get a 5-vote close.
This seems to me to be a bit of an issue, since the site was running smoothly in beta, but then loses some of those abilities immediately upon going live. Maybe it won't cause any issue, but it seems a little weird.
A proposal for a solution: When the site moves out of beta, existing beta members have their rep-gained abilities grandfathered in for [x] months. This would allow the community to keep policing itself and give existing users a grace period to gain the necessary rep, while also setting a higher bar for new users and not setting a shifting target for rep benchmarks.