Can you allow us to view total re-open vote count in data explorer?

I am asking because I find it extremely hard to get questions re-opened by the community on lower traffic SE sites. Closed questions already have very low levels of traffic, so I find it extremely difficult to get the attention of five 3K+ rep users to vote within 4 days of each other to re-open a question.

Since we only get 1 reopen vote per the lifetime of a question, and that vote can expire, I would like to be able to view the total number of re-open votes a question has received over a period of time so I can show moderators that a question actually has received many reopen votes, but they just haven't been within 4 days of each other.

I feel this would also be a useful tool for moderators who are on the fence about questions, because they could see how much (or how little) support the community has for a question which can aid them in deciding if a question should get re-opened or remain closed.

  • @CodyGray My problem is trying to re-open older questions that have over 100 views, like this one. It has been significantly edited, the mods are aware of it, and a question was posted on meta about it, however we cannot get 5 votes within the 4 day timeframe and some re-open votes have already expired.
    – Rachel
    Feb 28, 2012 at 18:28
  • @CodyGray You mean more than 100 views, I think Feb 28, 2012 at 18:29
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    +1 - I support this. If SE is going to be successful, I think management is going to have to realize that some of these smaller sites might need some special treatment, or special access to information for their moderators. Feb 28, 2012 at 18:32
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    Hmm. If the moderators are aware of it, and a question was posted on Meta about it, and you still can't get the required votes to re-open, might that be an indication that maybe it shouldn't be re-opened? I see how this might be a concern for some of the beta sites (which is what I thought you were referring to), but I don't think Programmers is small enough that there isn't a solid base of 3k+ users with re-open privileges. [Ack, and yes, I got things a bit mixed up in that first comment. Not worth correcting now.] Feb 28, 2012 at 18:34
  • You should simply talk to your moderators on chat and ask them why it wasn't reopened.
    – Ivo Flipse
    Feb 28, 2012 at 18:44
  • @CodyGray This is not the only example. There are other questions I have tried getting re-opened and the moderators have told me that the question could go either way, and they'd rather leave it closed since they weren't sure. I was thinking a tool like this could assist moderators in making these kinds of decisions so they could see what kind of support a question has from the community, not just one vocal member.
    – Rachel
    Feb 28, 2012 at 19:07


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