So, I'm getting pretty close to obtaining the gold apex badge.
I've read that gold badges ~= moderator for that tag, in that a vote to close by a gold badger means that question is closed.
The general consensus seems to be that holders of gold tag badges (I still think gold badgers is a better term) should (and regularly do) stay their hammer.
...but what about, say, the basic unit test questions that pop up a dozen times every day?
Things I'm considering:
- Yes, I think there should be more scrutiny than normal in deploying one's mjolnir once obtained
- People with gold tag badges didn't get them for nothing. They're a core part of the community, and have a more trusted degree of judgement.
- If we narrowly decide to allow gold badgers to close unit test questions that are general enough to be handled by the canonical-qa q&a, this could reduce the load on the close queue
- Retagging to allow a gold badger to unilaterally close a question is ridiculous, and should be avoided