I asked a question on firearms for children which was quite popular based on the views (>2K currently, more than any other on the site so far), up-vote to down-vote ratio (15/5), and real answers to the question versus non-answers or rallies against the question (8/4).
I don't want to rehash the off-topicness of the question, because that conversation is already taking place in another thread. But, I do want to bring up the point that perhaps questions like this should have a higher threshold for being closed out.
I would propose that the development team consider a sliding scale for closing out a question, making it harder to close out when it meets certain criteria, such as:
- Vastly popular with a large number of views
- Achieved a "Good Question" status with over 10 up votes
- Has a high ratio of up-votes to down-votes
- Is asked by a user of the site with a high point standing
It seems like it is in the site's best interest to keep questions open that the community measurably wants, despite whether it is controversial and a small but vocal group of users dislike it.