What is meta? ×
Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 150 Stack Exchange communities.

I have been through a few re-open requests and some shared a similar issue.

Like this one

It was originally closed as unclear. Then the OP changes the question but his edit still makes it a very poor question with no research shown and the answer could be as simple as yes or no - only if the question didn't get closed.

I judge looking at the new(revised) question ignoring the original closure reason. Even though the revised question still doesn't make a good question and would probably get closed very quickly I just leave it closed with the old closure reason.

  • Am I doing the right thing or should we re-open and let it get closed for a new - more appropriate reason?

The answer seems obvious: leave it closed, but

  • is this how all of you process re-open queue?

Note: I am asking because sometimes I've noticed others voting to re-open such cases and I want to confirm that I am on the same page as everyone else

share|improve this question
I've seen a few questions that were rightfully put on hold, but for the wrong reason. I guess the best action is to "Leave Closed" and add a comment. – S.L. Barth Oct 10 '13 at 12:30
Probably depends heavily on if the new close reason would be "duplicate", then a close reopen is helpful – Richard Tingle Oct 10 '13 at 12:48
I sometimes (infrequently, because it's tedious) flag such questions for mod attention, explaining the issue and asking to consider re-close with more appropriate reason – gnat Oct 10 '13 at 12:49

1 Answer 1

up vote 7 down vote accepted

My rule of thumb is "don't re-open if it's still a bad question". I think of it as a variant of the "don't migrate bad questions" rule.

If you feel like showing a new user the ropes, you can leave a comment explaining why their revision is not helpful.

It would be nice if we had a "leave closed but for a different reason" option, but that would just add another option to the process - and Stack Exchange tries (rightfully) to keep the UI as simple as possible.

There is also a practical consideration: if the question is re-opened so that you close it for a different reason, it will enter the Close Votes review queue - which is far too big already.

The comment of @Richard Tingle made me realize there should be 1 exception: I agree with him that if the new close reason would be "duplicate", re-opening and re-closing could be helpful. The link to the duplicate question that gets added after re-closing the question, could be useful for future visitors.

share|improve this answer
when I see that edit of (still worthy to stay closed) has invalidated current reason too much, I typically flag it to moderator attention asking to re-close with a more appropriate reason – gnat Jan 27 '14 at 10:40

You must log in to answer this question.