The reopen queue seems to be working very well.

Lots of effort has been made in the past to stop questions being closed in error.

If the person that asked a question had a “right of appeal” against the question being put on hold, that added the question to the Reopen Queue, would it then be safe to require fewer votes to close?

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    Maybe a reduction from 5 to 4 required close votes?
    – Pekka
    Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 15:32
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    No, but only because even the "on hold" silliness doesn't seem to have done much to stem the tide of people complaining about how their post was closed, and I'm not sure I want to see more of that.
    – Tim Stone
    Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 15:34
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    if? Editing your post adds it to the queue. A person doesn't have to make a real and useful edit to do so. Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 15:42
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    @KateGregory, but how clear is that to new users. An appeal button, that then ask the user for the reason of the appeal and added the reason as a comment, would be a lot clearly. Then people may not feel so bad about closing a question quickly. Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 15:54
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    @IanRingrose everyone would just click that. Right now they are getting at least some instruction through comments, or by doing the right thing (editing the question, or providing information in comments that enables others to edit the question) to actually make it openable, or at least move in that direction. Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 16:04
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    Not closing questions that need to be closed because they entail complaints isn't a good argument against this, IMO.
    – Pekka
    Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 16:06
  • @KateGregory, I expect that at least for duplicates a lot of users are happy to be pointed as the answer and would never appeal. If the appeal from said “please explain how your questions is different form…” and made them full in the appeal text, it may make it a lot quicker to review, then reviewing questions being closed as duplicates now. Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 16:13
  • +1 Something needs to be done about the length of the close queue. This seems like a step in the right direction. Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 16:22
  • Related (dupe if this wasn't a discussion): Reduce the number of reviews needed to complete an item in the CV queue
    – Matt
    Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 16:35
  • @Pëkka Right, but this request comes across more as saying we don't need to worry about the additional mistakes that might come with fewer votes if we give people a way to easily appeal them, which would presumably be useful for posts that shouldn't have been closed to begin with.
    – Tim Stone
    Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 16:45
  • @Tim but the reopen queue is for questions that have been edited since closing, and presumably improved.
    – Pekka
    Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 16:46
  • @Pëkka Yeah, but that's not a component of what he's talking about.
    – Tim Stone
    Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 16:47
  • @Tim ohh, I completely misunderstood the request then. I thought it was just about lowering the required number of close votes, which I am very much in favour of, independently from an "appeal" button
    – Pekka
    Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 16:49
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    @Tim yes, I completely agree. I want the number of required votes lowered to 4... heck, if it were down to me, I'd say 3. I'm just not fond of the "appeal my question's closing" button idea
    – Pekka
    Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 19:12
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    I'm thoroughly confused by the comments here. Which are you proposing: an "appeal closure" button, or a lower requirement for close vote count? Or both?
    – jscs
    Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 20:50


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