I can see on the user list we are about to get enough people with 500 rep that questions will start closing.
I lived through the "Science Fiction" stack exchange beta. Things I remember:
- one day, all of a sudden, there were a lot of closes, like more than half of all questions. (I think this is because everyone hits 500 rep at the same time and there were a lot of competing ideas of what the site should look like)
- people got really nasty, with helpful feed back like "You're a faggot for asking this question" (no kidding!)
- it really weighed on the morale of the site and I pretty much stopped participating
Maybe we can do better? Maybe by being nice as we close, suggesting ways that the asker could re-ask without risking close, or suggesting where on the internet they could find a better answer?
Any other suggestions for smoothing out the coming close storm?