I don't think I actually ever wanted to vote to reopen a question posted on meta until today.

I have had a -2 in my reputation history and wondered where it came from. Went to meta and found this question which was somehow helpful.

The first sentence of the close reason

This question is unlikely to help any future visitors;

is not true as it has helped me and possibly 3 other people who voted up the question.

So I need a 3K rep points here on meta to cast a re-open vote but I'd like to know if any of you agree that the question shouldn't be closed as too localized(which in fact is not a valid close reason any longer).

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    Why would it need to be open? Is there something you wish to contribute?
    – Bart
    Nov 13, 2013 at 10:20
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    @Bart If the question is legitamate it should be open in case someone else has a better answer Nov 13, 2013 at 10:20
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    not necessarily myself. But valid questions shouldn't be closed?
    – user221081
    Nov 13, 2013 at 10:21
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    @Bart I guess it's because close reason makes too little sense. I'd rather see this question re-closed as a dupe of "How does reputation work" than showing readers hard to believe statement that it's is unlikely to help any future visitors
    – gnat
    Nov 13, 2013 at 10:22
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    It should be closed as dupe of this faq - I flagged it asking to do this. No point leaving it open as the faq contains all answers and if not, they should be added in there. Nov 13, 2013 at 10:23
  • Myeah, kinda my point. You'd end up closing it again anyway. But well, it might have a more useful message then.
    – Bart
    Nov 13, 2013 at 10:29
  • It's still a localized and/or a duplicate of this FAQ IMO. Do I need to ask another question if I lose 4 reputation for "User was removed"?
    – Himanshu
    Nov 13, 2013 at 10:30
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    One question to be asked here is that, is it really that necessary to re-open a question, just to close it again with another reason?! Can't we involve a mod here to do this instead of 5 people casting a reopen vote and then 5 people casting a close vote again?
    – Rahul
    Nov 13, 2013 at 10:35
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    Yea so updating FAQ wouldnt be a bad idea explaining the -2. Since upvote on a question is 5 and answer 10 the -2 is throwing me off a bit. But yeah @R.J youve got a valid point
    – user221081
    Nov 13, 2013 at 10:42
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    Why would the FAQ need to be updated? We have a question explaining how you can get rep, and one explaining how you can lose it again if a user is removed. What information is missing between those two?
    – Bart
    Nov 13, 2013 at 10:46
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    @Bart since I came to meta to research the -2 and found a matching question in the search result query on the first page it means that information is needed to be outlined somewhere is the question is to be left closed
    – user221081
    Nov 13, 2013 at 10:49
  • We could take the shortcut and delete it. That would save us the reopen/close again part. Nov 13, 2013 at 10:57
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    @TimeTravelingBobby It is true, duplicates are worthless and are autodeleted anyway. Specific duplicates that link to a more general FAQ are even more worthless because people don't actual search for the problems they have Nov 13, 2013 at 11:23
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    @gnat There was perhaps a small quantity of sarcasm in my comment Nov 13, 2013 at 14:01
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    @RichardTingle you should add unicorns (or at least smileys ;)) to help us understand sarcasm is involved. :-P Nov 13, 2013 at 15:20

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I've reopened the question and closed it again as a duplicate of the relevant FAQ.

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    Not what the OP here originally wanted, but the correct action in my opinion. :) Nov 13, 2013 at 15:21
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    By the way, the question had a pending delete vote - what happened to it? As far as I can remember reopen won't clear delete votes. Nov 13, 2013 at 15:22
  • @ShaWiz I didn't think they did either, but apparently now reopening clears them. This is the second time I've seen this happen.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Nov 13, 2013 at 15:24
  • Weird... bug report is due? :) Nov 13, 2013 at 15:47

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