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How/Can I ask a moderator to review a closed question?

I asked two questions which represent the day to day problems of programmers much more then most other peoples on this world.

But they were both closed?

How can a closed question opened again?

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marked as duplicate by Brad Mace, Toon Krijthe, Rory, Al E., Pops Aug 14 '12 at 20:02

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Post here on MSO, including a link to the question and why you think it was unfair.

(Be warned: if it really was a daft question to begin with, then folks are going to tell you so...very bluntly with varying degrees of sarcasm. Try not to take it personally, we really do like you.)

Write team@stackoverflow.com if you think a cabal of users are abusing you.

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(+1) Your disclaimer should be a pop-up before anyone posts their first MSO question. –  devinb Aug 28 '09 at 17:33
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In addition to Stu Thompsons answer, a question can be opened again if 5 users or a single moderator vote to reopen it.

If it was originally closed by a moderator though, it can only be reopend by a moderator.

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Leave comments on the question describing why you think it was unfairly closed. This may convince other users to vote to re-open it.

You can also flag the question for moderator review: click the flag link under the question, select Requires moderator attention, describe why you think it was unfairly closed.

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I have opinions on when the various options (from the other answers) should be used.

(1) Leave a well-thought-out comment describing why you think the question should be reopened.

This option should be used if you feel that the community simply made a wrong or misinformed decision. You can point out specifically why you feel they erred. Then leave it to the community to decide.

(2) Contact a Moderator

I would only do this if I felt that there were some shenanigans at play; not when I simply feel that the question should not have been closed. It's not a moderator's job to act as the whole community except in cases where the community cannot (lack of functionality) or will not act accordingly. See above.

(3) Post here on meta.SO with a link to the question.

I, personally, would not consider doing this as a way to whine to a larger audience when I simply did not get my way in the voting (or not voting) process. I would only do this only the system has somehow egregiously failed this question; like if I discovered some weakness or bug in the community system that the developers need to consider. A link to the question would serve as an example of the anomaly in action, while asking the powers-that-be to correct the question-become-victim. Meta.SO is not (or shouldn't be) a place to whine about not getting your way in specific cases.

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You can also use the comments on the question to ask why it was closed, but I would not complain in the comments. There I would contact a moderator.

Questions can be reopened by user voting for it, just like closing. That is why I would use the comments, you would be guided about why it was closed and how you can change the question to have it reopened.

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Complaining is pointless, regardless of where you do it. You should strive to provide justification for the question to be open, whether via comments on the question itself, a message to a moderator, or a post here. –  Shog9 Aug 28 '09 at 17:00
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  1. Comments are your first step as you can still comment after closure.
  2. Here at MSO, this is the place to bring up concerns just like this question.
  3. Email team@stackoverflow.com for major issues. That is only seen by the people that develop and run the site.

Note: Never come in here to just rant and be careful with your tone in your question/concern. You have to be civil about everything. People are much more understanding/willing to help you if you are calm and respectful. MSO has also been known to have a little fun once in awhile so don't take things personal.

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