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It says in the FAQ that if you edit the question you may get the question reopened.

How often happens that a closed question after being edited gets reopened?

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    If I had to venture a guess I'd say that 99% of closed questions stay closed. If we had numbers I'd be interested in seeing them in context of new vs existing users.
    – Mike B
    Commented Sep 6, 2012 at 20:38
  • So hoping that editing them might reopen them might not be a good idea. Commented Sep 6, 2012 at 20:41
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    From my experience having a question dip into the negative attracts people who already have a negative outlook on your question before they've read anything past the title. The whole 'you can only make one first-impression' deal. So going from 0 to +1 is MUCH easier than going from -1 to 0. If it's gotten too bad it might be more worth your time (and reputation) to delete the first question and try again (assuming you're able to delete it). But then you have to consider sympathy votes as well...
    – Mike B
    Commented Sep 6, 2012 at 20:43
  • @MikeB I learned that, but I am curious more on the effectiveness of editing it to get to reopen it, not me but in general, and thanks the tip is great Commented Sep 6, 2012 at 20:45
  • @EduardFlorinescu If that's why you want to know, then this question won't provide you with all the data you need; What you want to really know, then, is how many closed, then edited questions are reopened. Commented Sep 6, 2012 at 20:47
  • @AndrewBarber You are right. Commented Sep 6, 2012 at 20:50
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    @MikeB - I agree, It'd be hard for a re-opened question to garner interest if it's sitting there at -2, people just wouldn't click through. Perhaps that could be alleviated by removing any votes (up or down) when a question is re-opened? That would remove any predjudices, and give the question a "clean slate" as it were
    – Robotnik
    Commented Sep 6, 2012 at 23:45
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    You may be interested in this proposal: Add "Questions edited after closing" review task. It would make closed-then-edited questions much more visible, (potentially) increasing their chance of being reopened.
    – Tim Stone
    Commented Sep 7, 2012 at 1:59
  • @TimStone I am interested what should I do ? I voted it up. Commented Sep 7, 2012 at 8:51

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Using data.stackexchange.com I see over 100 times per month using this query:

select
  datepart(mm, CreationDate) as [month]
  ,datepart(yyyy, CreationDate) as [year]
  ,count(1) as reopens
from
   PostHistory
where
  PostHistoryTypeId = 11  -- Reopen
group by
  datepart(mm, CreationDate)
  ,datepart(yyyy, CreationDate)
 order by 
  datepart(yyyy, CreationDate)
  ,datepart(mm, CreationDate)

Here's the monthly data for reopens in 2012:

month year reopens
1     2012 141     
2     2012 111     
3     2012 175     
4     2012 119     
5     2012 141     
6     2012 170     

And for closes:

month year closes
1     2012 5744    
2     2012 5252    
3     2012 5327    
4     2012 5852    
5     2012 7229    
6     2012 8963   

So, it appears to be roughly 1-2% that get reopened these days, versus a 3% overall reopen to close ratio (3079 total reopens, 94993 total closes) across the entire database.

Closed and then edited by month

1     2012 1758   
2     2012 1457   
3     2012 1697   
4     2012 1613   
5     2012 2216   
6     2012 2390 

Edited and then re-opened by month

1     2012 100     
2     2012 66      
3     2012 77      
4     2012 66      
5     2012 91      
6     2012 99   
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  • can you see how many they get closed to have something to compare to? Commented Sep 6, 2012 at 20:42
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    Of course it's impossible to gather from the database, but it would be nice to know how many users realize that closed questions can be reopened. I wonder how many simply abandon their question because it has been closed, assuming it's dead from that point onward.
    – Bart
    Commented Sep 6, 2012 at 20:48
  • Can you make another query to include how many of those closed questions are subsequently edited. And how many are opened without being edited at all after closing. Commented Sep 6, 2012 at 20:49
  • @EduardFlorinescu it's certainly possible but would take a fair bit more time than this one did to compose Commented Sep 6, 2012 at 20:50
  • Ok, I imagine that, Commented Sep 6, 2012 at 20:51
  • I'd love to know how many of those reopens happened organically vs some shared link. The majority of reopens I see come through Meta or Chat.
    – Mike B
    Commented Sep 6, 2012 at 20:56
  • @EduardFlorinescu: I've added some info on editing. There is a small but noticeable increase in re-opening following edits.
    – Shog9
    Commented Sep 6, 2012 at 21:04
  • @Shop9 I just saw that, thanks Commented Sep 6, 2012 at 21:06
  • @MikeB So do you think that means the matter of openning or not the questions where argued on meta and chat. Commented Sep 6, 2012 at 21:08

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