A specific answer to Ytti's question
No, I disagree. The level of on/off-topic strictness is good.
Remember 'vote to reopen'
Being able to see the moderator's controls, I can tell you that there are basically zero vote-to-reopen requests appearing. (We're only seeing auto-generated reopen requests when the questions are edited to try to bring them on-...
Historical context: Usenet .moderated Newsgroups
If you've been on any of the Usenet .moderated newsgroups, all posts are reviewed first, and then evaluated for acceptance; the goal is to keep problem discussions from arising. .moderated groups take a default-deny stance, and the question is permitted if it's judged as appropriate.
I just upvoted all the posts in this thread. I got a lot out of reading them. Initially, I too shared ytti's opinion about the 'strictness' of posts being closed. But I can see now that I was thinking exactly what Mike and YLearn were warning us of:
Quote from Mike Pennington:
we cannot sacrifice site standards merely to justify our existence