The Help Center topic What if I disagree with the closure of a question? How can I reopen it? suggests, among other things to do:
- Flag the question for moderator attention. Again, explain why it should be reopened. There is more than one moderator, and moderators do reconsider their decisions.
This is almost never the right approach. We tell users that moderators are not arbiters of correctness; there's even a standard flag-decline reason for this. On the sites I'm active on, moderators will almost never overturn a community closure with the binding mod vote. (Mods might reverse a single-mod closure if there's been an edit.) Yes, occasionally there are reasons to expedite a reopening, but if so somebody will probably flag (or ping a moderator in chat) anyway.
I see a lot of flags requesting that closed questions be reopened. I've been declining them and telling people not to do that; only now did I notice that we're telling them to do that.
This is bad advice. Please remove it.
(If there were a reopen flag analogous to the close flag, for <3k users, that would be different. The flags I'm talking about go only to moderators and request mod action.)