First of all, apologies if there is some kind of 'meta-FAQ' that I missed which answers these questions. If there is I couldn't see it.
What I want to know is how much flexibility in the software/rules the moderators have here. Looking at the meta questions I see a lot of people (like me) who are peed off because their question got downvoted or close-voted with no explanation or apparent reason. My question 'https://history.stackexchange.com/questions/17337/did-anyone-try-to-negotiate-an-end-to-the-first-world-war?noredirect=1#comment45139_17337' is a prime example.
My suggested solution to situations like this is that people who want to close the question should have to come into the open and say why, and if the question can be saved, the asker is responsible for saving it. Is it technically possible for the mods to enforce this?