Question which inspired this: Why is .2 not a valid number for jquery.validate.js?
I recently came across a question which was a bit of a mess. It had a title which started with "Helpppp" and kind of went downhill from there. Within a few seconds it was at
-5 votes, and I even voted to close because the question seemed a little useless and showed little effort.
However, while looking at the actual intention of the question, it became apparent to me that there was validity in the issue raised, and that it was unique to the site as far as I could tell.
I edited the title and content to properly convey the situation and that stopped the down votes and the close votes. It was sitting at
-5 with (4) close votes. About 30 minutes after the edit the last close vote hit ( as I was writing this question actually ) and the question was closed.
So, the question is closed, and perhaps useless if the community decided to close it. But the main observation is that 80% of the close votes, and 71% of the downvotes, came when the question was of very poor quality. Once edited, I think it stands to help others, and I posted an answer which at least works if not solves the situation.
Should there be a way to affect close votes based on edits to questions, and if so should it be automated or manual?
Is the only way for this scenario to have removed the 4 close votes to have waited for the question to be fully closed so the reopen feature could do its job?