StackExchange is testing out a new feature that allows owners of gold badges in specific tags to instantly close questions in those tags as duplicates. I know that we've had issues with people being too quick to close questions, so if SE rolls out the new feature network-wide, would we want to be able to turn it off if it makes our issues with close votes worse?

I've already asked a question on Meta.SE requesting that child sites be able to opt out of the feature, citing our situation.

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    We don't have anyone who is close to having a gold badge in a specific tag. In fact we only have one person who has a silver badge in a specific tag and that's Dr Mayhem and he is 430 up votes away from a gold in the guitar tag so I don't think it's anything to worry about.
    – Dom Mod
    May 13 '14 at 2:54
  • @Dom -- do you want to post that as an answer? I was going to say the same thing.
    – NReilingh
    May 13 '14 at 4:23
  • Agreed. By the time we have some folds with gold badges we should be a much more mature site
    – Doktor Mayhem Mod
    May 13 '14 at 7:22
  • I disagree that this SE is trigger-happy about closing, so I don’t see this as a problem at all. May 15 '14 at 23:01

Even if we did have gold-tag-badge holders (which we don't), this would only apply to duplicates. Closing as a duplicate is a unique form of closing. A duplicate essentially means, "Your question has already been asked and answered here". This is quite different from closing for other reasons. The other reasons for closing sum up to " this question is not a good fit for this site. plz improve".

Our gold-tag-badge holders would have a good amount of insight into what is and isn't a duplicate. I don't believe this would be abused or that it would further or trigger-happy closing problem.

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