This morning I posted this question Did the marketing of Terminator 2 actually spoil the movie?
It was closed in six hours from asking.
I'm not really upset and posting a meta because of this specific question but it does address a general problem that I see on this site as well as on other trivia type stack exchange sites. Not only was this question closed quickly but it was closed while maintaining positive upvotes from the community. It was 4 "to close" 4 upvotes not a single downvote until the fifth person voted to close. So in this instance we actually have an equal amount of people both liking and not liking the question except instead of downvotes it's closed question votes. Now it's closed and no one can answer. How does that help the community?
This is a question I created specfically to address a long ago Evaluation Evaluation Feedback: Looking Forward:
Too much trivia. Look, I love trivia. And movie buffs love trivia. But, and this is a question that deserves a meta post all its own, is that who we want here? Do we want movie trivia people or do we want those people who love the art of movies? Do we want Comic Book Guy telling us that Star Wars Ep.3 is the Worst. Ever... Or do we want the next Roger Ebert, James Berardinelli, and Laura Mulvey to be finding their voices here? Perhaps I’m being extremist, but my point remains the same: who is your audience? You all MUST figure this out, because this site feels undecided until you do.
Not enough analysis. This goes pretty much hand-in-hand with the above. We’re seeing what we feel are pretty surface-level questions about various film and TV works. This is really saddening to me, because shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Battlestar Galactica (2005) or even films like The Artist and Marvel’s The Avengers have deeper, meaningful questions that can be asked, from mise en scene questions to purely character-motivation and storyline impact questions. Yes, Stack Exchange is not a discussion forum -- but multiple perspectives that are supported with evidence are perfectly acceptable and useful. We want to see either better curation of the content -- strive for better, more thoughtful questions! -- or a stronger push for analytical content.
Ever since I try to keep this post in mind because to me she's right. I seriously ask myself before I post if the next Roger Ebert might answer my question and I in turn inspire them.
The kind of questions that follow this advice though seem to get closed very often. Also it does seem that close votes are given more than downvotes. I think a solution is needed to address this.
I propose that if others see this as an issue that either close votes start costing rep points or we set new limits on close votes such as more are needed or a timeframe must be enforced before the question is closed or more than 5 votes are needed to close.