Why is it possible to comment on a closed question?


2 Answers 2


Allows for people to post a case for re-opening the question. Especially if they don't have enough rep in order to cast a re-open.

It can also allow for a little tidy up of any loose threads that were fraying just before the closing of a question.

And it will allow a mod or one of the closers to explain why the question was closed in the first place.


One reason I could think of: to let people without vote for reopen powers to let others know that they feel the question is valid.

I do not think that this is the reason it was done that way - only Jeff might have some insight on that - but for sure a good usage for it.

As Random beat me by 2 seconds, here another reason: to let the OP know what edits would help to turn it into a valuable question.

  • Beat you by only 2 seconds!
    – random
    Sep 15, 2009 at 8:39
  • Total upvote on the comments helping out the Asker improve their question for re-openabilityessness.
    – random
    Sep 15, 2009 at 8:50
  • What's this? Night of the rising dead? random shot you down! So stay on the ground. Sep 15, 2009 at 9:00
  • Goaded him to consider bringing it back up because it was a good answer. Just lost out by 2 seconds.
    – random
    Sep 15, 2009 at 9:58
  • @random: You are too good for this world ;) Sep 15, 2009 at 11:29

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