The Vote to Close Review queue has been awfully active lately. While there are indeed some crap questions in there that need to be closed, there are some others that make me scratch my head.
Our rule about not allowing app recommendations is to prevent a flood of questions like
What's a good app to flurb the blag?
and nothing else.
However, I'm seeing an awful lot of questions in the review queue that
- have an accepted answer
- have a multiple-paragraph, detailed description of the problem the author is looking to solve
- are six months old or older
That the question has a throwaway line of "what's an app that can do this?" doesn't immediately disqualify the question. Especially when the vast majority of the time the solution necessarily means an app.
I think we've lost sight of what "no app recommendations" means.
What we don't want:
- Questions that are basically polls
- Questions that show no research effort and are basically the OP using us as search consultants
These questions that I've been seeing in the review queue are not like this. They're good questions that look like they're getting close votes solely because of the fatal flaw of including a line that says "what's an app that can solve this".
I have been voting "Leave Open" on these, but as we know there can be a tendency to "dog-pile" votes, and I'm afraid that good (if slightly flawed) questions are being closed for no good reason.
- How can we clarify our policy?
- Can the Moderators ping the users that are getting a little over-zealous with their Close votes?
- Can we have an effort by a few high-rep users (and/or Moderators) to go back over some recently-Closed questions to see if any should be re-opened?