In the past few months a number of questions on Contract Bridge have been closed in, to my mind, an overly aggressive manner:
- Bridge-response after intervening bid
- How many spades does my partner have when responding to my opening 1club bid and left overcalls 1 heart
- Grand slam bidding with high card points hand
- Which transfer do you use with both majors - one 5 carder and another 4 carder
While not perfect, I believe all of these questions can be answered within the site guidelines. A few of us have worked diligently over the past two years to try and expand the usefulness of B&CG as a resource for beginning and intermediate bridge players, and having these questions closed so aggressively seriously undermines our efforts.
Can I ask those of you who review the Close queue but are not accomplished bridge players to exercise a bit more caution? Rapidly closing these questions likely drives away new users who would help us to expand this site out of Beta.
As per discussion below, it has been noted that the sparsity of strong bridge players on the site requires that those with only a casual acquaintance with the game are needed to help maintain the tag.
Perhaps if casual and non-Bridge players could refrain from casting a First vote to Close or Reopen, and attempt to look beyond just the first comment or two before making a decision. Also, please consider choosing the Skip button when you don't feel that a strong case has been made.
Do others feel that this proposal is workable within the guidelines for the site?