I understand the site has gone live and so the reputation needed for privleges is in line with the other SE sites.
My concern is that the vast majority of the users on the site do not have anywhere near a high enough reputation to contribute.
At the moment a user needs 2000 reputation to edit questions and 3000 reputation to cast close and reopen votes.
At the moment there are only 41 users who can edit questions without approval and 27 users who can cast close/reopen votes, or about 6%. We have 464 avid users according to the Area 51 stats, so it isn't a great ratio.
Despite the site going live, we are still attracting new users and shaping the community. I think it would be better for both the site and community if a greater amount of users could contribute and help to define the questions and answers that we consider acceptable.
Is this possible? If so, is it a good idea?