Every so often, I check under "tools". I usually see that a few questions have been closed in the last day or two. I just went and saw over 30 questions closed in the last 24 hours, way more than I can remember ever having seen before. Are we suddenly getting a lot more cruddy questions? Or has someone organized a posse to hunt down old questions that don't measure up, with a view to getting them closed?
The way this works is, any question with at least one close vote (or a close "recommendation" in the form of a flag) ends up in the queue. Concerned Mathematics Stack Exchange members may walk through the queue, evaluating each question in turn, and recording their opinion as to what should be done with the question:
- Close requires the selection of a close reason, and pushes the question further along the path to closure.
- Do not close records their dissent. Enough "Do Not Close" responses immediately start the aging process for existing close votes, and remove the question from the queue.
- Edit allows for correction of problems that might otherwise encourage closure.
- Not sure skips evaluation of the question, leaving it for others to decide its fate.
This is important, as there are many (currently 287) questions that have received at least one close vote (or recommendation), but haven't yet been closed or had time (or sufficient views) for the votes to age away. Ideally, those of you with sufficient reputation will review these and either opt to leave them as they currently sit, or close them.
Because, after all, we all need closure.