Stack Overflow should be a place for both experts and those who are just getting into programming.
I am a self-taught programmer and I can attest for the fact that the most difficult thing about teaching yourself anything is knowing where to start and where to look.
This question was closed on Stack Overflow as "not a real question" by a large number of user admins.
That's just wrong. The question looks and sounds genuine - an earnest beginner asking a community of programmers for some advice on where to start - and the question was closed.
I'm not sure if there's any way to combat this or if the community feels like this is even a problem, but I thought it should be brought up. It wasn't like this in the beginning when only a few users had admin rights.
Also, I should add: The fact that there are reputation points involved means that, to some extent (maybe a large extent?), Stack Overflow is an incentive based community. If I feel that responding to question is worth the points I could potentially get out of it, I will answer it. If I don't feel it's worth the effort, I won't answer.
This is how a free-market system works. I'm not sure how much we need moderators to close questions. We should let the community decide whether a question is worth answering, not a select few individuals.
On the number of rep points needed to have the ability to close a question, Colin Mackay suggests that "[m]aybe the bar has to be set a little higher[...]? ... Some people are more trigger happy than others. So as the 1227 people currently able to close questions grows so do the number of trigger happy ones."