Dozens of questions were unilaterally closed for lack of research by one moderator. However, the community consensus is that lack of research shouldn't be ground for closure or that least, it hasn't been decided that lack of research should be ground for closure.

For example, this answer by galacticninja (5 upvotes, 1 downvotes) states:

While I agree that “research effort” should be encouraged, it should not be required or mandatory.

As another example, this answer by galacticninja (11 upvotes, 2 downvotes) states in bold letters and using a large font:

The community has not reached a consensus on whether or not “showing research” is a requirement.

(which means there is no consensus on closing questions due to lack of research)

These unilaterally question closure for lack of research are confusing many users, for example (comment with 2 upvotes):

@Rubén I second this. This question seems fine to me and is helpful in solving the problem for me. jdhao Apr 11 at 7:33

Do moderators care about the community consensus? I am asking to see if there is any point in participating in this Meta.

  • The current moderators are on strike. Rel. webapps.meta.stackexchange.com/q/5055/311306
    – user311306
    Jun 16, 2023 at 0:45
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    @Wicket I don’t see anything in that meta post or the open letter that suggests that the moderators on strike are also abstaining from meta discussion. In fact, I see a lot of users who have joined the strike still participating at Meta Stack Exchange discussions. Are the current Web Apps SE moderators refraining from participating in meta? Jun 18, 2023 at 7:34
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    The strike is over.
    – Flimm
    Sep 4, 2023 at 16:40
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    Does Web Apps Stack Exchange Require Research? - relevant meta discussion post where a community manager asked the community whether we should mandate research on questions. Oct 2, 2023 at 17:12


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