Let's say some close votes roll in on a question.
If regular members cast a close votes, it will take 5 such votes for the question to get closed.
However, it looks like if a moderator casts a close vote, the question is closed immediately.
I agree that this question should have been closed, but I disagree that a moderator should be able to forego the 5-votes rule.
In the case of blatant spam, I agree that a moderator's choice to delete it should have immediate effect, but for close votes, it seems like it should be the community as a whole that decides. It's silly if a question, for example, has two close votes, and maybe a "keep open" vote, and the moderator simply invalidates all votes.
Is this really how it works, or do moderators have a choice on whether they want to cast a normal vote, or forego the process?
All in all, I think moderators should prevent spam and malicious intent, but not inherently have the voting power of 5 users when it comes to deeming honest questions (in)appropriate.