Were you really expecting a different result?
This is simple mathematics; you reduce the number of votes to close, and the number of questions that get closed is going to increase.
That's not what this is about anyway. It's about whether or not the right questions are getting closed.
I do think that some salvageable questions get incorrectly closed, but I ...
Robert Harvey's answer is almost perfect. He touches on one point at several points, but I do think it needs more emphasis.
On Programmers, we close questions ruthlessly and viciously. And that's a good thing.
Closing questions quickly is a very good thing. It stops them from getting low-quality answers and lets the asker and the community work to fix them....
Most question closures, when questions in aggregate are analyzed, are valid. This suggests the experiment was successful - not a failure.
This meta post won't be for the faint of heart.
I have often heard/seen the "p.se closes too much!" cry but rarely see this supported by a random selection of questions which are closed and an analysis ...
I absolutely love it. Please consider leaving it in place.
As a moderator, there have been significantly fewer flags asking for a moderator vote to close a question. Before, questions would get to 3 or 4 close votes and not get that 5th vote. They may even start to attract low-quality answers. This change lets the community handle them much faster and get ...
I wasn't going to update the experiment this week, but the results this week were so encouraging I can't help myself:
Week posted Qs Closed Close Rate Closed->Edited Reopened Cl->Ed->Re Deletion Rate
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2015-10-12 325 190 58.5% 8.9% 2.6% 11....
I think a significant part of the disagreement here might be as simple as conflicting uses of terms like "off-topic".
Some people use "off-topic" in a far broader sense than I do, encompassing what I personally refer to as "unanswerable" questions in addition to questions which are objectively off-topic. I fear these distinct uses of the word are clouding ...
In the case where you are lacking the knowledge needed to fully understand the subject matter, do nothing. It could be clear, it could not be. There's no need to reduce the reputation of a user or kick something to a queue if you can't be sure.
If you understand the subject matter, I wouldn't vote to close or downvote immediately. I'd recommend asking ...
I'm not totally opposed to looking into upping the limits here, but I want to run some data first. However, there's two things at play here that we need to deal with separately, while at the same time not forgetting that they're symptoms of a whole.
Let's go by each problem, on its own.
Q-blocked users trying their luck here
This is a growing problem that ...
The question looks right. Still, I have absolutely no idea what the person is talking about.
I would say do nothing.
If you have no knowledge of the questions subject matter, but it looks clear, useful and you think they've done their research then don't vote and move onto the next question.
You don't have to vote on every single question on the site.
Getting more questions rehabilitated is a laudable goal, but having the ability to close clearly off-topic questions more quickly and get them off the front page is much more critical.
I would like to address something that you stated in the comments, in detail.
I see a lot of well-written, well-intentioned, and even well-formulated questions closed ...
Seeing as our dupe-closure practices are something I've complained about ad nauseum; I suppose I should pipe in here.
To be sure, a bit of your question is not super clear to me after reading it through... It appears there's a couple things you advocate for and a couple things you're questioning and trying to lay out choices for.
I'm basically going to ...
I'd like to rebut some of your responses, if I may.
I don't understand this site because...
Software Design and Development means those things that are directly involved with producing software. I could go into great detail about this, but since it has been discussed exhaustively, I'll give just two examples: scrum is on-topic; licensing questions, by ...
Another aspect you may not have considered, which I believe is also unique to PSE, is the number of close votes being used on old questions. I have a SEDE query I run occasionally that frequently catches questions closed from several years ago. Even relatively recent questions that were fairly well received, are often closed after a delay of a week or so, ...
According to the data, of 464 users who can vote to close, 35 have hit the limit at least once:
(35 row(s) returned)
For reference, 19 of those users have at least 10k reputation as of today.
Just two users have run out of close votes 1,071 times compared to 553 for the field. On ...
Can it be? Sure; should it be though?
The biggest danger in adding more options is causing analysis paralysis in close voters. Without any custom OT reasons defined, there are already 9 different options for closing a question here (including "other" and the two migration options). The first custom option replaces the default, putting the current set of ...