This is a heads up for people who regularly flag things as abandoned:
The mods are stepping back
We're not actually going anywhere and we'll still be dealing with most of the flags that come in but we feel that we've become too efficient recently and we're starving the community of the opportunity to use the moderation tools that are available to our 3k+ and 10k+ users.
We want the community to get involved and work together to maintain the site. It's something that needs to happen for the long term health on the site. There are plenty of people who can close things but there's no coordination. Instead of voting things just get flagged and the mods have been dealing with it.
So we've picked abandoned questions as our target. From today (as soon as the memo gets around) we're going to stop actioning any flags that come in for abandoned reasons.
So how do I get an abandoned question closed now?
In short, if you want something closed as an abandoned question, you're going to have to get at least 5 3k+ users together to close it.
Options for that include:
The Ubuntu Regulators chat room is good for spamming out your questions but this only works if you help other people too.
Monitoring the Review page to see what questions need closing. There are currently 233 posts that need more votes. Note this is for 10k users only. If you're close to 10k, get a move on :P we need your help.
"But you're moderators! It's your job to deal with this!"
It's a job we're all responsible for as community members but as I said before, the community currently relies on flagging for almost everything. That's not a system that will scale up with the site.
For both the mods' and the community's sake, we need to get people into the spirit of working together, using the tools we already have to maintain the site.