Should moderators single-handedly close questions based on their personal/subjective opinion?
Some moderators on this site practice closing questions that they judge to be off-topic without waiting for 5 close votes from regular users. On the one hand, it is reasonable that moderators should be given such power to discard questions with obvious context problems - written in incoherent language or not dealing with the community subject. On the other hand, judgements about whether
- a question asks for the internal motivations of people, how specific individuals would behave in hypothetical situations or predictions for future events
- a question tries to promote or discredit a specific political cause, group or politician
are necessarily subjective, and better left to the democratic procedures (i.e., 5 votes).
The recent example is How likely is it that Putin does not know what he is doing in Ukraine 2022? (Update: This questionw as initially closed by a moderator, reopened by 5 reopen votes and again closed by 5 close votes. Thus, the opinion of the community is split in this case.)