Never mind the alarming rate at which questions are slammed shut on EL&U, I was infact wondering how come questions on EL&U can be closed by a single user when Stack Exchange, Movies and TV (the ones I am using) require 5 close votes to close a question.
All across the network moderator votes are binding. So a question can be closed by five regular users (who have gained the right to vote to close), or 0–4 regular users and a mod. The same holds for reopening.
You can easily tell moderators from regular users by the diamond (♦) next to their name.
Here are some of the questions on Movies and TV that were closed by a single user, a moderator:
- Identify this movie: cartoon girl gets shrunk to size of toy by evil talking toy, find a cure before midnight before she becomes a toy forever
- Identify movie about nuclear war between Russia and USA
- Help Identifying a Science Fiction Movie
- 80s or 90s movie about 2 “punk” kids who meet a stranger who later tries to kill them and then he is killed
As to "the alarming rate at which questions are slammed shut on EL&U", you seem to not be aware of our Christmas truce. We have been closing exceptionally few questions lately.
Never mind the alarming rate at which questions are slammed shut on EL&U...
It's a little hard to “never mind” that, when that's the way you start your question. Still, your verbiage prompts me to ask: Are you looking at the rate, or are you looking at the rate and the reason?
Most of the time, when a question is closed unilaterally by a moderator, it's closed because it's a duplicate question, which means (a) the question has already been answered on the site, and (b) the O.P.s are provided a link to that location, so they can see the answer to the question.
Out of all the closed questions currently on the front page, only two have been closed by a moderator for reasons other than being a duplicate. Those are:
95422: Is it correct to say: "it is not that far a distance"?
which was closed because it's too vague, with a comment explicitly stating that more elaboration would be grounds for reopening the question, and:
95528: I can't seem to find a consolidated list of military euphemisms, such as "incomplete victory", "friendly fire", "vertically deployed anti-personnel devices". Do you have any links?
which is clearly off-topic, according to the FAQ.
All the other closed questions on the front page (there are currently 9, out of 50 questions) were either closed because they were duplicates (5 of the 9), or else they were closed by a quorum of five users (2 of 9).
I find nothing “alarming” about this, and I think that, more often than not, questions get closed without being “slammed shut”. Moreover, any question that gets “slammed shut” can be reopened after additional consideration (five reopen votes by users with sufficient reputation will reopen a question); however, if you're hoping that will ultimately happen to your recently-closed question, I'd suggest using more level-headed and objective rhetoric.
(Data was taken on Wed, Dec 26, 6:00 AM Eastern US time)