Is there a community-wide interest to get CogSci graduated?
In the past I, and others, have started close-vote campaigns here at CogSci to bring the %answered questions up to 90%, which is the target in Area51. At Bio, just before graduation, several active members used this strategy quite successfully.
Admittedly, there are other issues at CogSci, especially the questions/day, but that issue can't be solved easily by the community.
Closing old, long-unanswered, poorly posed questions is an effective strategy to bring the %answered questions up.
I haven't been very active here at CogSci lately, admittedly, (move overseas, a stack of manuscripts on my desk etc.) but I've bettered my life and I've been answering quite a bunch of old questions to aid the purpose in a [more] positive way.
However, with nearly 4k questions, there is a need to up the %answered by 10%, i.e., some 400 questions. Quite frankly, even the best of efforts to answer questions can't beat the numbers.
The close-campaigns, however, generally prove to be relatively inefficient here at CogSci - about 80% of my proposed closures were kept open. Admittedly, doing the effectiveness stats is cumbersome and I can provide estimates only, but at least I'm sure the majority was left standing. Don't understand me wrong - I really like the relaxed attitude of this site, but it might be its demise given the SE philosophy.
Because skimming through thousands of dusty old questions takes a lot of time, I thought it wise to bring it up first and see if folks support this strategy, before investing precious hours into it [again]. If supported, I'm totally willing to commence another close-vote wave. Admittedly, being raised a biologist, I might not be the best of choice to do this, but identifying poorly posed, ill-defined, broad and self-help questions is doable. However, it would be good to gather a certain critical mass (i.e., 5 :-) of active members willing to shoot-to-kill at old, low-quality questions.
Importantly, for the sake of graduation, the bar to define a question as low-quality should be lowered. The weighting factor could, and probably should be, the chance it will be answered. If that chance is low, and the odds are against it due to quality reasons - close it.
Let me know your opinions, please.