So it seems the 10k flag queue is being removed with essentially no replacement. The general consensus over at SO (or at least my own reading of it) seems to be that
- Moderators ignored 10k feedback in dealing with flags, and in fact this feedback was an encumbrance to them; and
- 10k users have better things to do.
This raises a few Physics-specific questions. Regarding (1), do the moderators here not use (or minimally use) the feedback 10k users provide via flags? If that information was never useful, then there is no loss here, though in the future it would be nice to be told "ignore that feature; we don't want you to add flags." If it was useful, are we losing functionality with the imminent change, and is there any way to recover it?
Regarding (2), what else can I be doing as a 10k user? I understand there are several information overviews tabulating migrations, voting trends, comment activity, etc. But these seem to be more for my own personal consumption; it's not clear how to use this information to do anything. A perfectly valid answer might be "nothing - 10k users are just like any other user who can vote to close (3k) but can't vote to delete (20k),"1 but if that's the case this should really be spelled out clearly somewhere.
1 Well okay, tag wiki approval (5k) and protecting questions (15k) are in that range too, but these are pretty lightly used features here.