When a question is closed because it is considered to be "not constructive" or "not a real question", the text explicitly includes a hint that the question might be reopened after it has been improved/clarified, e.g.

For help clarifying this question so that it can be reopened, see the FAQ.

Why aren't "reopen votes" included in the new review system, so that more good questions which get improved also get a chance (enough attention) to be reopened?

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    A separate reopen task for questions which have reopen votes could prove helpful. I don't see any reason not to add this.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Jul 23, 2012 at 23:05
  • Sounds good. With the vertical layout of review tasks it's easier to justify adding new tasks space-wise. This sounds like a worthy one
    – Ben Brocka
    Jul 23, 2012 at 23:12
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    Strongly agree. Super-upvote*! (*Note: super-upvote is no different from a normal upvote in this case, unfortunately) Jul 23, 2012 at 23:18
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    @jadarnel27 Feature request?!? Kidding, I think that's been proposed a handful of times.
    – jonsca
    Jul 23, 2012 at 23:27
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    Related insofar as it touches on who should have access to such a queue. Aug 28, 2012 at 1:57
  • See also meta.stackexchange.com/questions/148204/…
    – ChrisF Mod
    Oct 2, 2012 at 8:57

2 Answers 2


The Reopen Votes review queue is now live!

Vote whether or not to reopen closed questions with reopen votes

In most ways, it's the mirror image of the Close Votes review queue. The available review actions are:

  • Leave Closed if this question is not appropriate for the site in its current state
  • Edit and Reopen to correct the issues with this question prior to reopening
  • Reopen if all issues with this question have been corrected, or it was incorrectly closed
  • Not Sure if you are unsure and want to skip this question

Similarly to "Do Not Close" reviews, if a question gets 3 "Leave Closed" reviews, the post is immediately removed from the Reopen Votes review queue, and the reopen votes will begin to age away.


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    How do questions get onto the Reopen queue? It sounds like at least one person has to vote to reopen before a question is listed there, which seems a bit of a chicken-and-egg problem. Is there a way to search for closed questions that have been edited, but that don't have any reopen votes yet?
    – Marti
    Oct 17, 2012 at 17:41
  • I think this did not work out exactly how author intended: stackoverflow.com/review/reopen/history ... Do mods have statistics for the review queues? It would be nice to know how many question were reopened. Three topics? Maybe four?
    – teresko
    Nov 10, 2012 at 13:29

This is fair.

Note that there are no review queues for delete / undelete at present either - we're limiting the scope in order to get the kinks worked out, but the number of queues will be expanded. I certainly don't see a problem with reviewing questions nominated for re-opening.

FYI: there are currently 944 closed questions on Stack Overflow with pending re-open votes (vs. something like 58K for pending close votes).

  • Thanks for the insights!
    – Niko
    Jul 24, 2012 at 16:43
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    Don't forget that close votes don't expire on questions with < 100 views, while reopen votes are typically on questions with > 100 views so expire after a few days. This is probably part of why the difference is so great, although I'm sure the fact you need a closed question before you can get reopen votes also plays a role :)
    – Rachel
    Aug 28, 2012 at 2:30

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