I had a question closed today Autocomplete feature in AVR Studio 5, which I think is a total nonsense. It concerns to software development, about an IDE functionality. And the user who closed it yet put the reason:

Questions on Stack Overflow are expected to generally relate to programming or software development in some way, within the scope defined in the faq. See the FAQ.

It looked for me that the guy even didn't read my question, and chose it to be closed at random.

So, how can I reopen the question?

  • Posting here is a good place to start ;)
    – ChrisF Mod
    Nov 21, 2011 at 12:57
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    Well, I also think that the guy called "cHao, martin clayton, Clive, Matthew Murdoch, Andrew Barber" was wrong...it qualifies more as "Not a real question". Nov 21, 2011 at 12:58
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    @Bobby you know we are not to call him by all his five names at once. It disturbs the fragile balance he has managed to establish in his head.
    – Pekka
    Nov 21, 2011 at 12:59
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    But why not a real question? For me it's a real question, since I want to enable or disable an IDE functionality and I don't know how (and even I could not find it on google or in Atmel site).
    – Rego
    Nov 21, 2011 at 13:01
  • I wonder why it has been closed. The FAQ says: _____ We feel the best Stack Overflow questions have a bit of source code in them, but if your question generally covers … - a specific programming problem - a software algorithm - software tools commonly used by programmers - practical, answerable problems that are unique to the programming profession ... _____ So what happened?
    – user173084
    Nov 21, 2011 at 13:06
  • That's my point. The question fits the FAQ totally. There is no reason in closing it.
    – Rego
    Nov 21, 2011 at 13:08
  • Something strange on that question. There's a snarky comment asking what the product is (although the tags have wikis that say what it is, odd with such a small number of questions) but it appears to come from the OP, who surely wouldn't ask himself that? Nov 21, 2011 at 13:09
  • @KateGregory: That's most likely a response to the closing or a now deleted comment. Nov 21, 2011 at 13:13
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    Seriously, sometimes I get the feeling that some moderators do not read their own FAQs. And closing question and as per taste makes this community unpopular. so sad.
    – user173084
    Nov 21, 2011 at 13:16
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    @Steilflug: I don't see any mod involved in this. Nov 21, 2011 at 13:18
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    And to answer the other questions: I do not consider the questions which go like In this video you see *x*, how can I do that too? as good questions. Nov 21, 2011 at 13:19
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    @Bobby Has there been a "Ask right or die" patrol out there? You cannot expect all ppl to ask the same way. SO would die otherwise.
    – user173084
    Nov 21, 2011 at 13:22
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    @Steilflug: Actually, yes. Did you never ask yourself why users with 3k rep gain that power? To keep everything out which shouldn't be in. Also, we never expected people to ask the same way...but you should also not expect to be pardoned. Nov 21, 2011 at 13:26
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    "but you should also not expect to be pardoned". hm... actually I did. And I feel SO will sooner or later be moved from the throne if power is misused and no mercy is shown. truly regrettable.
    – user173084
    Nov 21, 2011 at 13:31
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    @Steilflug: That discussions has been lead so many times to all possible ends...call me if that really is going to happen. Nov 21, 2011 at 13:38

2 Answers 2


As AVR Studio 5 is a software development tool, closing the question as off-topic is wrong. There could be other reasons to close it, but not because the question is off-topic.

To re-open it, you need 5 users who vote to re-open it. You can also flag it for moderation attention, saying that the question was wrongly closed as off-topic.


Bam - and now its been re-opened.

For future reference if you believe that your question has been closed incorrectly then you can either post here on meta or flag the question for moderator attention - I believe you also have the ability to nominate your own question for re-opening as well.

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    Yes, he has the required reputation to do so. Nov 21, 2011 at 14:12
  • Yes, I got to ask for re-opening, and got all other votes too. Thank you.
    – Rego
    Nov 21, 2011 at 14:18

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