Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you're fully aware of the problems plaguing the network right now.
Effectively, this site is now un-moderated. Two moderators have resigned, and the third has stated his intention to cease all moderation activity except for handling the severest of incidents.
I would therefore ask that anyone who has close privileges and who visits the site on either a regular or occasional basis: Please make use of your close votes.
If you have been visiting for awhile, you may have noticed that the front page has stayed reasonably clean during my tenure as a moderator. While I moderated this site, I averaged 300 closed questions per month. It was rare to see any post on the front page with a negative score.
Not everyone agrees completely with my aggressive approach. But I think everyone can agree that the site started to become a more interesting place. Deep questions, the kind we like to see about software design, began to emerge. There was greater participation, and a higher quality of answers. And it happened in no small part because the front page was clean.
That's what we want.
So. Without a diamond taking up the cause, this is going to be a bit more challenging. As you all know, it takes five votes to close a question. I have reason to believe that we might finally get three votes to close some day, but that's not the situation now. Many posts that should be closed in a timely fashion are not, because there aren't enough community members casting close votes.
So I implore you: Use your close votes. Use them aggressively. You don't have to explain them to anyone, or get into discussions about them. Just cast them on the unwanted posts. You're one out of five; you still need consensus from four other people to get a close. Look at the front page right now, find the posts with a negative score, and cast your votes appropriately.
This is a great site. If everyone with close privileges spends a small amount of time policing the front page, you won't need a moderator to do it for you anymore, and you can preserve this site in the manner this great community deserves.