I asked a question about a specific Java library last night, which was quickly voted closed without any comments about why it was wrong.
I've realized that I committed a couple of SO sins in the asking of this question:
- The question visually has a bit of a tl;dr block-text quality to it
- The title starts with a lower-case letter
- the title could be more readable to a browsing user
- [please insert your own criticism here]
Despite this, I strongly feel that it doesn't fit the "off-topic" category - this is a question that definitely has an answer, it's a problem that I'm currently facing, a helpful answer would not need to be very long.
I'd like to rework the question and hopefully get it past the review queue, but (as I see it) I have two choices - delete the question and start from scratch, or edit the question and hope it gets voted to reopen.
Editing the existing question intuitively seems like the "honest" way to go about things, but since the question has already been closed, I'm pessimistic that this will be an effective way to get interested eyeballs on the (shiny, new, improved, on-topic) question.
What is the ethos of the StackOverflow/StackExchange community in this situation? If there isn't a preference for one way or the other, is there any rep advantage to editing the old question?