There are a lot of frustrations all on the front page (Nov 2010, still occuring Jun 2011):
- Why is this question closed? It's a good question about a bad idea.
- I don't think peaple understand Programmers SE.
- What's the point of closing a question?
- How do you delete an account from programmers?
- Why? The high numbers of closed questions are extremely annoying.
- Mods should be stopped from closing reopened stuff automatically the second time.
- Questions are being closed without community requests.
- Why should we have to battle to keep questions open?
- Can the closed questions please be removed from the related section?
The above questions are a clear sign. What could the problem be?
Too low reputation requirement for closing a question?
Yes, we are one of the Area 51 sites that got a lot more visitors. And our site allows one to gain reputation more quickly than on other sites, let my account be an example for when you ask a lot of questions and I'm pretty sure that there are top users that just have famous answers in frequently visited questions that are non wiki...
Too strong rules on asking questions, or are these rules applied to strong?
Questions should be constructive, but for some people all rules seem needed.
While they stated originally that it's fine that only 3 of the rules apply to your question...
Users aren't clearly informed about it?
If we get these questions on meta, it seems to me that they might have no idea about it.
We want to be professional?
We can be professonal, but if we close content is such way that a lot of people are complaining I think it's a step too far. And it's not just the above, but also comments to meta and closed parent questions:
But don't you think that closing on this site has become discouragement, not incentive?
— Peter Turner
And another one:
Now there is that new generic excuse to close topics: "not constructive". If you don't like something, you can ban it as "not constructive". What an improvement!
I have once disagreed with these users in the past, but I now understand their concern.
Did you know that 25% of the questions are closed here? Compare that to SO (1%), SU (8%).
Now... What do you think:
How we can improve the community to prevent this?
Or am I writing non-sense and is the current behavior of the community right?