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I asked for an answer to a specific serialization problem in .NET. I gave the format my source data was in, and a sample of how I would like the output. How does that not fit into a Q&A format?

How to serialize object collection / dictionary into <key>value</key>

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closed as too localized by Flexo, Toon Krijthe, user7116, Dennis, animuson Sep 19 '12 at 16:32

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Looks legit to me, voted to reopen. I just hope it won't get into open/close war as it usually not ending well to either side. – Shadow Wizard Sep 19 '12 at 7:27
I don't see the problem either, at the very least as of rev 2. Voting to re-open as well. – Martijn Pieters Sep 19 '12 at 7:30
@jacko, question is opened now :) – Lucifer Sep 19 '12 at 7:36
FYI, "looking for code samples" isn't a good SO question. "We've currently got this code [...] that serializes to [...] but can't figure out how to transform it into [...]" (Note that I have no knowledge of the topic at hand so wouldn't have voted either way.) – Mat Sep 19 '12 at 7:55
thank you all - do i now close this question? – mwjackson Sep 19 '12 at 7:59
Let the community decide, maybe we can leave it open for now if moderator or developer want to post official answer (e.g. how to properly ask such things) – Shadow Wizard Sep 19 '12 at 11:29

From my personal experience, flagging a question for moderator's attention with a note explaining your point is the fastest way of getting the question re-opened. Of course it is possible to take your case straight to the community by posting on meta, but the moderators are usually very efficient, so flagging may save you some effort.

Obviously, this assumes that the root cause that lead to closing the question has been eliminated; otherwise, moderators would reject your request.

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Flagging the question without fixing it first won't lead to a reopening and actually the chances will be very low (the reason for closing it still exists after all). – Alenanno Sep 19 '12 at 14:14
@Alenanno Thanks for the clarifications! – dasblinkenlight Sep 19 '12 at 14:20
I didn't even realise that's what flagging was for. The SO faq mentions voting for reopening and that's it - not particularly clear. Hence why I came here. – mwjackson Sep 19 '12 at 14:50
@jacko In general, flagging is to attract moderator's attention. Usually it is something negative (spam, insults, "me too"s, and so on), but asking to re-open a question is among valid reasons to flag as well. – dasblinkenlight Sep 19 '12 at 14:57

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