Call me biased:
The comment (reason for closing):
Questions on Stack Overflow are expected to generally relate to programming or software development in some way, within the scope defined in the faq.
IMNSHO, this reason is silliness. As a programmer security and money are both important to me. On the one hand, I want to secure freeware that I intend to distribute;
OTOH, it's been a very tough economy and I wish to get the lowest price that I can.
(a) how does one reopen a closed question?
(b) why is this closing process so much like
~~ convicting the accused without her/his right to a fair trial?
(c) WHY does this closing mechanism even exist?
If the question is spam, then moderators can delete it;
OTOH, it is just is a question that few are interested in,
THEN simply ignore it.
This allowing the inmates to run the Stack Overflow asylum simply creates such an unfriendly environment than community members with skin less thick than mine will likely go away and never return!
[2010 May 5] Here is just one more reason why I still strongly believe that the inmates are still running the asylum:
-- there is such negativity here at Stack Overflow
~~ In case you're wondering why I do not sulk off into the woods and die, it's because I'm fool enough to believe that if Jeff Atwood steps forward and sets a more positive tone, that such a tone will become contagious. That said, I must credit Jeff Atwood with setting the reputation floor at +1 ~~ otherwise I'd likely be in the hole, as would so many others. I wish I knew how many develpers from novice to very senior have be driven away from Stack Overflow by all of this negativity. IMO, the negativity at Stack Overflow can be toxic. Fortunately, it's not infected everyone. There are Stack Overflow members who actually do their best to be helpful; to those members, I offer a very sincere "Thank you".