This question is a follow up on my previous question on Quant Meta SE here and on what was suggested in the comments on the Main Meta SE here (i.e. to ask another question here on Quant Meta, with a narrower scope, and if enough users support this clearly defined scope, we could ask for implementation).

Currently, 5 users are required to close questions on Quant SE. Should fewer users be allowed to close low-quality questions (i.e. 3)?

Please up-vote if you believe that allowing fewer users to close questions would help to deal with low quality posts on Quant SE in a more agile and efficient way.

Please down-vote this question if you disagree.

If enough up-votes & comments underneath, we could ask for this to be implemented.

Other resources to consider:

  • Experiment on Hardware Recommendations SE with lower votes required to close questions (seems to have worked well, particularly also because fewer votes are then required to re-open said question, which only seems fair)

  • Three voting closure already waiting for implementation on some other SEs

  • $\begingroup$ Related: Is the required 5 votes to close a hard limit and should it be changed? - I agree. When I asked it didn't seem possible. $\endgroup$
    – Attack68 Mod
    Mar 1, 2021 at 18:19
  • $\begingroup$ As per the latest comment on the main Meta under my question there, since we now seem to have a decent consensus here on Quant Meta SE, the next steps would be (as per @Luuklag's suggestion): "seeing you have consensus you get your Mods to contact the CM team to assist in making the required changes." I propose in the request, this question is referenced. $\endgroup$ Mar 2, 2021 at 11:26
  • $\begingroup$ @Attack68: would you be happy to give this a shot, please? I am happy to write up the proposal, if you'd prefer that. $\endgroup$ Mar 2, 2021 at 11:27
  • $\begingroup$ @BobJansen: would you (or Attack68) be happy to give this a shot, please? I am happy to write up the proposal, if you'd prefer that. $\endgroup$ Mar 2, 2021 at 11:28
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    $\begingroup$ Im a fairly non-technical mod, I know how to do the basic mod stuff but beyond that scope its probably better if Bob gives it a try! $\endgroup$
    – Attack68 Mod
    Mar 2, 2021 at 12:43
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    $\begingroup$ I'm afraid that is too much credit but if I remember correctly, the tag I added will ping the CM team 🤞 $\endgroup$
    – Bob Jansen Mod
    Mar 2, 2021 at 14:16
  • $\begingroup$ @BobJansen: I think for the implementation, we gotta decide if we want 2 or 3. Could everyone please comment clearly if they are in favour of 2 or 3 close votes? $\endgroup$ Mar 9, 2021 at 9:07
  • $\begingroup$ Good point, 3 seems reasonable to me. $\endgroup$
    – Bob Jansen Mod
    Mar 9, 2021 at 9:08
  • $\begingroup$ @Attack68: could you pls express your preference for whether it should be 2 or 3 votes? $\endgroup$ Mar 9, 2021 at 9:14
  • $\begingroup$ 3 for now. If no improvement then move to 2 later. $\endgroup$
    – Attack68 Mod
    Mar 9, 2021 at 12:53
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks guys, I've edited the question accordingly. $\endgroup$ Mar 9, 2021 at 14:01
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    $\begingroup$ You are correct, @BobJansen — this has made its way to the CM backlog, and we'll get back to you once we have updates ^_^ $\endgroup$
    – JNat StaffMod
    Mar 10, 2021 at 12:27
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    $\begingroup$ You may have seen that we conducted a test on 13 network sites — please stay tuned for the results of that step and next steps on this. $\endgroup$
    – JNat StaffMod
    Jul 9, 2021 at 10:36
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, @JNat: I look forward to the implementation! $\endgroup$ Jul 9, 2021 at 12:27
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    $\begingroup$ No updates so far, @JanStuller — apologies for the delay. $\endgroup$
    – JNat StaffMod
    Nov 8, 2021 at 11:35

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This change is now live!

While I was reviewing the data, it's worth noting that Quant seems to be a bit more healthy in its close voting than some other sites, though a tad bit inconsistent for where those votes are coming from. You can see here that there are periods of mods doing most of the close voting and then some time where the community has it handled. Community closures vs moderator question closures

Here you can see that same inconsistency in this graph demonstrating where the close votes are cast. While some months are healthier than others Mods, frequently cast the first or second close vote. Graph showing when mods are casting their close votes

This is enough for us to lower the close vote threshold to three, as we would like to see a healthier balance of mods doing less work here.

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    $\begingroup$ Thank you so much for this, I am so happy to see this finally going live :) We look forward to this and hopefully the Mods will find it a bit easier now. Thank you! :) $\endgroup$ Jun 15, 2022 at 10:00

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