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I think there there should really be a way to interact with the close voters (maybe something like @close-voters, which automatically notifies whoever voted to close the question?). In addition to that give them have the ability to rescind their votes. (Yes, something like this has been requested and denied before, although I can't see why.)

I know there's a vote to reopen option, but once a question gets closed it usually goes to limbo, never to be seen again so it's not really a solution.

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FYI: When posting a feature-request, it's helpful to be very specific about what you want. Saying "there should be some way to do x" isn't going to elicit a response from The Management. –  Jon Seigel Jul 29 '10 at 1:55
If one of the closers left a comment, you can always leave a comment addressed to @closer (substitute the name as you like). That's the closest you're going to get to a personal message under the current setup, and I wouldn't want a closer approximation. –  David Thornley Jul 29 '10 at 14:26

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This idea should not be implemented.

Closing is done by community

One thing should be made clear, although it is 5 specific users who vote to close, those 5 specific users are acting as a proxy for the entire community. If any question had not been closed by those 5 individuals, it would have been closed by five other individuals.*

* It would be irrational to believe that the only 5 users who want to close your question all coincidentally happened to see it, unless they were ganging up maliciously, in which case, contact them would not change their minds.

So it isn't that you necessarily need to convince those 5 users to reconsider, it is that you need to convince any five users to reconsider. For that reason, you'll have a much better success rate by taking your cause to Meta and pleading your case here. At Meta, you'll find users who are engaged and interesting, willing to show you where you went wrong if that is appropriate.

Your Feature Request: Notify the individuals

Most users on StackOverflow are closing and then moving on. The analogy is of picking up litter and putting it in the nearest bin. You've done something good.

Once we start spamming those users with notifications, it is a disincentive to continue closing questions. My vote to close is not an indication that I want to engage and discuss with the OP, it is nearly the opposite, in fact. I have just explicitly shown my disinterest in engaging.

I have already written about this here: Notify On Edit Of Closed Question

Basically it comes down to punishment/reward. When I close a question, the reward is a cleaner more consistent site, the punishment being the possibility of someone disliking me for it. [...]

Once this solution is implemented, [...] I could be notified [for] every question I've ever voted to close on. [This will cause] sending out many many notifications to people who don't necessarily care. So you've added "punishment" (that is, undesired results) to the close action.

A Solution

I do have an alternative that does not involve notification or spam of any kind

"Edited after close" view in 10k tools
Read there for more details.

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Of course, the closing can be done by a minority of the community. I represent a small fraction of the SO community, or even the 3K+ rep community. There are other high-rep users who disagree with me. Therefore, I don't claim to represent the community, and I would feel uncomfortable doing so. I only try to use my super-10K+ powers for good instead of evil. –  David Thornley Jul 29 '10 at 14:29
@David, absolutely yes, it could be a minority which only enhances my point. When your question is closed, your best bet is to seek out other people who can re-open, not the people who have already made their choices. –  devinb Jul 29 '10 at 14:54
The problem is there is no way to counter the close votes, or even for the original voters to retract them. If it's got a close vote, it can only go downhill. –  NullUserException อ_อ Jul 30 '10 at 22:25
On smaller SE sites, drumming up five close votes sometimes takes a couple days. In those situations, I doubt 10 close votes would even make it half the time. That is a stupid reason. Whether working for the community by proxy or not, they still used their independent judgement and opinions to vote to close. If requested, they owe at least a simple explanation. Meta is the place to do it, sure, but people don't always visit meta. Some never do, and still cast close votes all the time. –  fredsbend Aug 29 at 21:22

First, ask a question here on MSO, tagged [discussion] [specific-question] [closed-questions], linking to the question in question (pun intended) and explain why you think it should be re-opened.

Then, leave a comment on the question with a brief summary of why it should be re-opened and link to the MSO question.

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I suppose eventually the chat system will be useful for interacting with closers, but in the meantime, can't you leave a comment on the question saying why you disagree with the close votes?

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Well, I suppose most people who vote to close a question don't come back to see comments and in addition to that they can't withdraw their vote even if they wanted to. –  NullUserException อ_อ Jul 29 '10 at 1:55
@Null I'm not sure about most people, but I leave a question I've voted on open in a tab and check on it periodically until the voting finishes. The inability to retract close votes is a problem, but you can at least discourage people from agreeing with the initial votes. I would like that feature though, I've accidentally closed posts as off-topic/belongs elsewhere because I misunderstood the question, and was unable to change my vote after the question was edited –  Michael Mrozek Jul 29 '10 at 2:01

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