It would be good to have some easy to follow guidance for how to get a question reopened that is on hold or closed. What I would find useful as a user with a couple of months experience of contributing to the site are some fictitious example questions that illustrate:
- typical reasons why a question is put on hold or closed; and
- suggestions as to how the shortcomings could be addressed.
I couldn't find any help in this recent blog post as to what I should do to make my on hold question better. What I did was edit my question to make it more specific and although I got a few reopen votes (and, ironically, one downvote), my question hasn't been reopened. I feel like I've wasted my time and don't feel particularly motivated to try to edit any future questions I have that are on hold (especially as I got some decent answers in the comments to my original question and I feel my edits have made the question a worse fit for those good answers).
In summary, I'm not asking for a reference guide or a better FAQ. What I am asking for is some examples of good practice that I can use as a model to improve my use of the site.