Lately we had this question which at this moment has 3 reopen votes and had 4 when I looked a few days ago.
It was unilaterally closed by Robert Cartaino and despite me flagging it twice, it wasn't reopened because he thinks it is not on topic.
I'm nominating this question to be reopened (and would like a mod vote to offset the mod close vote) - we have taken questions about internet services relating to patents in the past. Imho it's not exactly about licensing but rather about services around patents - which would be a gray area. Plus, this site has changed in the last years, I think the community should decide if this question is closed or not. Best regards – DonQuiKong May 23 at 21:43 helpful
My last flag here asking for a reopen vote was marked helpful, but nothing happened - I feel like I should ask again now. This question was closed with one moderator vote and now has four reopen votes. The community seems to think this should be allowed as a question, but we don't have enough voters. But you are clearly outvoted and I think the decision if something is on topic shouldn't be made by a single moderator against the community. So I respectfully ask you to vote to reopen the question – DonQuiKong Jun 2 at 9:20 declined - I don't believe this type of service is on topic nor within the spirit of this site.
I am totally fine with different opinions to what's on topic here, but my understanding of moderation on Stack Exchange is that the community should decide. A similar topic has had quite some attention on meta:
I'm now making this a patents-meta post instead of flagging it again because I'd like to continue this discussion.
@RobertCartaino: I don't think you should unilaterally close questions which might or might not be on topic. It's good that you do that for questions which are blatantly off topic, but imho the rest should be left to us.
So I propose that casting the last close vote to get us to five is okay, but if a question gets 3 or 4 reopen votes you should aslo retract your close vote - by reopening. Even if you don't agree.
This also goed d'accord with my understanding of the theory if moderation which says
Keep the site reasonably on topic by closing, migrating, or removing blatantly off-topic questions.
@All: What do you think, should we decide what's on topic, even if the FAQ, the help page or a mod disagrees? After all, this page never went through Area 51 and it kinda feels like we're still at some beta phase, so why not act like it?