We have a disagreement with respect of the option of "post closing" and we need community input.
This is a feature that allows moderators to mark a post as
closed. The primary effect of closing a post is that no answers may be added to the post anymore. The post would need to be re-opened to become an "answerable" quesion.
Post closing has been a feature of Biostar for over 3 years but has been disabled in the past two months. A long discussion of the issues can be found at Suggesting the removal of post closing
Removal of this feature has been initiated by Istvan Albert The rationale was that the act of post closing is believed to be unhelpful over long term, sends an overly heavy handed message and discourages and drives away new users and beginners. The vast majority of post don't get improved after closing them. This group believes that other means should be used to improve the post, commenting and requesting the user to expand the question. If that does not happen in a certain amount of time then the post should be deleted.
Keeping the feature has been strongly supported by Michael Dondrup , Neilfws and lh3 . The argument for post closing is summarized here C: Suggesting the removal of post closing In a nuthsell it is believed to be an essential ingredient for creating high quality content and that existing sites such as StackOverflow that have this feature are the evidence that demonstrate the utility and long term benefits of this feature.
Vote for your preferred option below by upvoting the answer that you agree with.
Should moderators have the option of closing posts?