When a question gets improperly closed, it seems much harder to reopen it than it was to improperly close it. From the FAQ (Scroll to "Is closure the end of the road for a question?"):
Closed questions can and should be edited to improve them and address the reasons why they were closed in the first place. Once this is done you might need to either flag the question for moderator attention or raise a meta question to bring it to everyone's attention so it can get the necessary views that might translate into reopen votes.
Some ideas to improve this process are below.
But first, please refer to this question and consider:
A newbie posts a question which contains complete, concise, self contained code that demonstrates the problem. (Heck, I'd almost upvote any newbie's question for that alone).
The question also states the specific problem -- but perhaps in a way that confused some into thinking it was a feature request, rather than a buggy-behavior question.
Nevertheless, the question was perfectly clear to some of us and should have been obvious to anyone who actually tried the code.
This last user has 20.5K reputation, but only scores 26, on 46 posts, in the question's tags. More on this, below.
It seems lamentable that a newbie does most things right in his question (Self-contained test-case-code; and a single, specific problem are pretty big in my book), but gets penalized for suboptimal phrasing.
If you agree that that is the case here, please vote to reopen the question.
Possible improvements to the close/reopen process:
It's been shot down before, but with the intervening change in management, can we please reconsider a question-specific "Do not close" vote?
Perhaps if a question gets all of the following, it should count as one un-close vote:
- At least 1 upvote
- Is marked as answered.
- The answer gets at least 1 upvote.
So, it would take six votes, not five, to close such a question.
Restrict the ability of people to close questions outside their expertise. Plenty of bad questions can be recognized by anyone with a head on their shoulders, but some questions require a familiarity with the subjects. I remember seeing several questions that illustrated this, here on meta, but I cannot find them again (so far).
So perhaps, in order to vote to close someone else's question, a user must meet one of these additional requirements:
- Have a combined score, in the question's tags, of say, 100.
- Have a combined score, in the question's tags, of say, 2% of his current rep.
Nominal Score in tag Rep from User Reputation jQuery Firefox Q's tags Percent ---------- ---------- --------------- -------- ------- Alfred 5600 72 39 1110 19.82 Beatrice 5600 13 2 150 2.68 Concepción 5600 10 1 110 1.96 Duong 57000 72 39 1110 1.95
Alfred and Duong could vote to close by criteria 1.
Alfred and Beatrice could vote to close by criteria 2.
Concepción could not vote to close that particular question.
Suppose a bad question had nothing but rare tags. In order to allow it to be closed, consider the sum of all points scored by all users against that tag.
So, if the sum of the scores, of the tags, of a given question are less than, say, 2000; then anyone can vote to close that question (if they meet the old requirements).
Thus, any 3K user can help close questions tagged with just horribly-rare, but only users with a minimum, demonstrated subject-knowledge can help close jquery questions.
(Not quite fair, perhaps, but a necessary compromise to guard against bad questions in rare subjects.)