I learned today that
/help just launched for Stack Overflow. I have a suggestion for an improvement to the copy on one of the subsections.
There's a heading that says
Question Closed and below it:
I do not understand why this question was closed. Its text reads:
Stack Exchange is collaboratively built, maintained, and moderated by the community. If you >see a question and you disagree with the stated reason of its closure, you should:
- Leave a comment to that effect on the question itself. Be detailed - explain why the question shouldn't have been closed. Be constructive - name-calling is as likely to drive folks away as it is win them to your cause. Remember, anyone on the site with at least 3,000 reputation points can vote to re-open a question - even if a moderator closed it.
- Flag the question for moderator attention. Again, explain why it should be re-openened. There is more than one moderator, and moderators do reconsider their decisions.
- If you have at least 3,000 reputation points, vote to re-open yourself.
If you're simply unsure about the validity of the closure, the best place to ask is on the community's meta site. Asking in the meta site allows those who took the action to comment, and will help others to learn about the issues being discussed. You can find a link to a site's meta in the top bar of any of our sites.
The text itself is fine, for the most part. One crucial thing it's missing is the ability of a user to take action themselves to improve the question. I suggest adding text like:
Closed questions are in a transient state. If the question is improved, it can be re-opened. Since Stack Overflow is collaboratively built, you can suggest an edit to the question to improve it. Once it's edited, flag it for re-opening.
This blurb could also go in front of the blurb for #2. This is just a suggestion for possible text, the exact verbiage needs some work.