Are folks open to the idea of having an informal practice of closing some issues as duplicate (with permission of those involved), so as to help clarify spaces for ongoing discussion? In particular, I’d love to see more vibrant discussion around co-op licenses, but I worry we ever-so-slightly dilute the power of the discussion and outcomes when we can’t clearly consense on “here is where we’re talking about that”.
- A very loose process for a few privileged moderators who are highly available. I’d be happy to flesh out that process. Spelling it out in advance might be helpful. I’d be wary to give some “conversational shutdown” authority without consenting on what that would mean.
- Give everyone ability to close/reopen threads. I feel like this could still work pretty well – it’d become more a social tool, not an authority one.
The semantic different between “closing” and “archiving” is discussed below, and I feel “closing” is best because it still allows many interactions.