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I'm listening to SE Podcast #37 – Back At It, Again and David mentioned that posts need one reopen vote to be added to the reopen review queue. He also mentioned that questions almost never get reopened once they're closed. Should more questions be added earlier to this queue. I think that after a question is closed, if the original author makes a substantial edit to the question, it should be eligible for reopening. Should questions that meet this criteria be added immediately to the reopen review queue (before anyone casts a reopen vote)?
Notes: Currently people are encouraged to flag a post for a moderator to review once they've edited their closed question, but
- this really doesn't happen very much,
- I'd really like to see this automated so it happens more often, and
- I'd like to see a bigger cross-section of the community looking at these than just moderators.
Additional note: I know that all the OP has to do is vote for their own question to be reopened for it to be added to the queue, but this doesn't always happen (it requires 250 reputation, and sometimes people just don't do it). Maybe just automatically casting the reopen vote for them would be enough to implement this? Or, as Tim Stone suggests in the comments, maybe just letting them know that voting to reopen their own post will place it in a queue for others to review would see more posts added to the queue?