Similar to this question from two years ago, I've noticed a rapid sequence of close votes over the past little while, many of which I have disagreed with since the questions have a number of up-votes and answers. My questions:
- Is somebody doing a systematic purge?
- If so, what is your system?
- It seems to me that it would be courteous to announce it on meta or at least in chat. Would others agree?
Edited to add the reasons for my concern:
- As I am not a moderator, the review software does not tell me who the traffic in the queue is coming from. Also, the review queue presents things one at a time and makes it difficult to go back once you have finished with a review, so it is difficult to consider a set of actions as a batch. I thus cannot readily tell the difference between a batch of curation work by an established user, trolling by a rep 15 user who has gotten annoyed about something, or a mixture of the two.
- When there are a lot of items coming through for review, I run out of reviews that the software will allow me to make and cannot review any more items (this happened to me yesterday). Thus, if long-term curation work occurs at too high a rate, it can inhibit the ability of the community to deal with new questions.
I very much appreciate the work being put into curation: it's an extremely important function on this site, and one without a huge amount of reward. My request is simply that people give a heads up (either or meta or in chat, whichever seems most appropriate) when they are about to take a large number of closing or flagging actions, and that they limit such actions to ~10/day, so those of us reviewing can carry out our own portion of the tasks more effectively.