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I've seen a couple of questions that I believe accurately fitted the description for what makes a good question on stack-overflow. However, these questions were closed by users who must have only scanned the question. For example, this question:


Was closed as "belongs on meta.stackoverflow.com", when quite clearly it is contrary to what makes a good meta question, and in agreement with what makes a good stackoverflow question.

I am wondering, is there a way I can contact a moderator with the power to correct this mistake?

Additionally, maybe the amount of rep needed to close a question isn't high enough, as more users are achieving the needed rep who I don't consider to be responsible enough with the power.

And, how about if a question is closed and re-opened, it should take more close votes to close it a second time. Maybe the sum of the rep of users who voted to close should be weighed against the sum of the rep of the users who voted to reopen, and that should decide which way a question goes.

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Yea when that question first came out it was mangled and very hard to read. It seemed to me that they were asking about the site, not the consept. It was frustating to see that after I realized it was a proper question, it was already closed by others like me that misread the question. –  Eric Koslow Jul 10 '09 at 17:30
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Yes. You can flag it, and a moderator will see it. But if anything I would expect to opposite to happen: moderator review is more likely to result in the question being closed permanently. Generally, if 5 high-rep users voted to close, there's a reason for it. There are excpetions, of course, so go ahead when you think you really find one of those.

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Ok, thanks. Good answer. I was mistakenly thinking the flag feature was just for offensive items. –  Scott Langham Jul 10 '09 at 17:23
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if the question was closed mistakenly it will be open promptly without moderator's intervention. don't worry.

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Case in point: his linked question is open again. –  Joel Coehoorn Jul 10 '09 at 17:16
and it shouldn't be, really. –  SilentGhost Jul 10 '09 at 17:17
Perhaps (even likely) it is a duplicate, but it should not have been closed as "belongs on meta". –  Timothy Carter Jul 10 '09 at 17:18
Aha! The linked questions probably just been opened because some people followed my link from here to open it. Maybe this is the solution: complain about a mis-close here, and some people with sense who look at meta.stackoverflow will vote correctly. –  Scott Langham Jul 10 '09 at 17:19
@yshuditelu: well I closed it as not-a-real-question, but apparently majority decided otherwise. –  SilentGhost Jul 10 '09 at 17:23
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