Given the particularly high number of votes that it takes to close an article due to the sheer number of reasons to choose from, would it be possible to group them together behind the scenes so that 10 votes of a similar grouping is enough to close the article? As an example, if some people chose to close because it's the wrong type while others choose to close an article as poor quality, these would be grouped together. That way, we would lower the barrier to removing substandard articles and reduce the chance of some stinkers getting through.
Newly created accounts should not be able to vote for an article.!!
I often see (or guess/have suspicion) that authors, creates accounts to up vote their own articles. couldn't we make it so that, newly created accounts can't vote, untill they are an week old or something ?
When I say this, its because I see some articles that are not fit for an 5 stars, but still gets it from 1 or more users that were created the same date as the article...
With great code, comes great complexity, so keep it simple stupid...
These new accounts can vote all they like but they don't have much actual voting power as they are weighted so, 5 upvotes by a new account can be all but wiped out by a 1 vote from Marc Clifton (as an example).
I have to admit that I don't really find the votes on an article make any useful metric. I have seen some absolute stinkers of articles have high votes from people who have had accounts for a long time.
Voting needs to be democratic, and saying that a new user's vote is less valid than someone who has been signed up for a while is illogical. The rating system has in place mechanisms to weed out bad votes, so the absolute best thing to do is vote, and vote intelligently. Time and votes will remove spurious entries.