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First off, I understand on a technical level that I can't do this because these are the milestones set by the site, but I wanted to know why it was this way.

On StackOverflow, you require 3000 rep to cast a close/reopen votes and 2000 to review Suggested Edits. Here, it is reversed- you need only 500 rep to cast close votes, and 1000 to get editing privileges (e.g. reviewing/instant edits).

My understanding of this reasoning is that it requires more trust to close questions than to make edits to them at StackOverflow. Why is it reversed for ELL? I couldn't find any discussion of this, and was curious about the reasoning. Was there some sort of problem before with lots of bad edits being made/approved? Why are the close/reopen privileges so easy to obtain here?

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  • This is a Beta site, which went public less than a year ago. In these early days the requirements are all relaxed, so there are enough people people qualified to do the work. When we 'graduate' we'll have the same requirements as SO and other 'launched' sites. – StoneyB on hiatus Nov 26 '13 at 17:20
  • @StoneyB I understand lowering the rep requirements, but why are they swapped like that? Why isn't it 500 for editing and 1000 to close instead of the reverse? Is it the same for all beta sites? – Gray Nov 26 '13 at 17:22
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    I imagine because figuring out what questions should be closed is more urgent in the site's first couple of weeks - that's when we're developing operational definitions of what is and is not on topic. – StoneyB on hiatus Nov 26 '13 at 19:32
  • I had wondered if there was some reasoning like that, but was curious if there was some authoritative source for that decision. Thanks for your help. – Gray Nov 26 '13 at 20:29
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    Well, not quite authoritative, but @kiamlaluno is a mod at Drupal and a Founding Father here, too - here's what he had to say about it on Meta.SO. – StoneyB on hiatus Nov 26 '13 at 22:01
  • Thanks. That is exactly what I was looking for and a great answer. I couldn't find anything like that before. That is definitely good enough for me. – Gray Nov 26 '13 at 23:22
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    This is either related to or a duplicate of meta.ell.stackexchange.com/q/690/230 – snailplane Nov 30 '13 at 8:36

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