Yes there are a number of increased closed votes and it has been going on for awhile. I noticed when I received the gold badge for closed votes I needed to step back and let the community vote on it because I was closing too many.
That said there are some issues that should be addressed with this.
- Improper usage of the flag tag: I am not going to say any names or call anyone out but a few members choose to flag a question to be closed but actually dont vote on it. The flag should only be used on important instances or on a question that has extreme issues or is against our SE model.
- Burned on editing: I think a lot more "regulars", I dont blame them if they feel this, think more people vote to close a question instead of editing it. I understand we get new users and some of them couldn't care or have no desire to read our FAQ but if the community is going to want the site to grow positively and not be closed then more people need to step up.
As your linked question from your edit on why is everything to broad. I feel that is because new users ask for tutorials, vague questions on how to do this and show no visible effort.
I do also feel that my rep has diminished because I am one that is actively voting to either close or stay but I'm a mod and my responsibility is to take care of the site. Because of this, I will only vote to close a question that I see:
- Clearly against the SE model
- Has a quality duplicate
- Is very unclear what the question will cover
If you are unsure about closing the question then skip it.
Now the other end. I think we need to work on editing and tagging questions which seems to be brought up often but I think site regulars are starting to think their contribution to the community may be for nothing and the lack of rep I see regular members not getting I think the community is taken their help for granted. If you notice many of our regulars are not coming around and that may do with the level of quality questions. In the same paragraph I think we also need to understand that an SE site must be held to SE's standard and in a professional manner. I think you do a great job commenting, informing, and being pro-active to new users and I do thank you for that.