Recently I asked this question on stats.stackexchange.com. There was some discussion there about whether it was a stats question or a programming question, and ultimately it was called the latter and migrated to SO.
Once on SO, it was almost immediately closed as "not constructive", even though several people had already given good and helpful answers, and it got 4 upvotes. To my mind, the close reason makes no sense, since I was asking a pretty targeted question, which had already yielded concrete recommendations, and was actually helpful toward answering my question. On stats, there had been no question that it sounded like a programming question.
Because of the close, I wasn't able to edit my post nor add a comment, and so I flagged the question and asked the moderators the same thing I'm asking here, but got no response. So instead of being able to sort this out democratically, this forced me to use the invisible flagging system, which appears to have been ignored.
So (1), I'd like to ask about getting this question re-opened and (2) I'd like to ask about a system for disputing question closings in public instead of private, because this seems much more in the democratic SO spirit.