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If stack exchange is a democratic web site, is there a way to contest to reopen a closed question, or is it common to get "bulldozed" by the administrator. In other words, is there a way I can contest a decision to close a question?

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@random, because you changed the tag to support, do I assume this feature is available? – CMR Mar 28 '11 at 2:19
The problem with speculation is you make speck out of you and some guy named Lation. – random Mar 28 '11 at 2:24
@random, that was just a question, don't bring Lation into this! – CMR Mar 28 '11 at 3:58
Benevolent oligarchy. Pure democracy is almost as bad as anarchy. You'd still get bulldozed, but there would be almost no guarantee that the reasoning behind the dozing was legit. – Won't Mar 28 '11 at 14:08
@Will, unfortunately there is no such thing as benevolent oligrachy. Power corrupts, and that is that. This is why we are still, at least by law, allowed to impeach a president. This is why judicial and executive departments are separated. – CMR Mar 28 '11 at 14:28
@CMR: Just for that, I'm banning all of your accounts. – Won't Mar 28 '11 at 14:31
@Will, okay, time for me to re-register with another ID. Just lost a traffic ticket fight ;-( wish I could re-register for a new driver's ID – CMR Mar 28 '11 at 14:35
@CMR: And I'm taking away your car. – Won't Mar 28 '11 at 15:31
@Will, duh! Don't care, my lease is almost up. Flame bait: the second line in your profile should read "who have guns in their hands." – CMR Mar 28 '11 at 17:42
@CMR: Why? That's a direct quote from someone who was butthurt because JA suspended him for asking crap questions. "Your modraters are just monkeys who has guns in there hands." I lol'd and instantly remembered that pic. Had to macro it. – Won't Mar 28 '11 at 19:22
@Will, +1. Interesting, didn't know the history. – CMR Mar 28 '11 at 20:27

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Post here on Meta giving us the specific question and why you think it should be reopened, and if enough people agree, it will be reopened.

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Thanks, that should work. – CMR Mar 28 '11 at 2:21

If you have the ability to vote to close a question, then you also have the ability to vote to reopen a question.

If the question was closed. My suggestion is to figure out why the question was closed. If the question can be improved so that it meets the guidelines for being on-topic, then I would suggest improving the question, voting to reopen, and leaving a comment on the question stating why you think the question should be reopened.

I've seen this happen on Project Management SE where a closed question was quickly cleaned up and reopened. This actually leads to a more interesting point: If a question can be improved, it should probably not be closed.

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