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What is a “closed” question?

When a question has been marked "Closed," is the user who asked it (the OP) allowed to edit it? Editing and rewording might make the question valid. Without editing abilities, the OP will have to ask a new question instead.


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Yes, as owner of the question you can always edit, vote to close/reopen or delete it.


This is, IMHO, one of the best uses for closing (vs. simple deletion): it allows the author (or other editors) to expand on what little good might exist in an otherwise poor question, while reacting to criticism. When sufficiently improved, the question can then be re-opened and answered, without piles of now-offtopic answers having collected in the interim.

  • Wow. Good point. I used to question the purpose of "closing" as a step towards "deletion". Jun 28, 2009 at 19:06
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    I wonder though how many of these questions will actually be re-opened even after clarification. Since 5? users have to vote to reopen before the answers can even start to be posted. Jul 2, 2009 at 3:20

Also people with enough reputation can edit any questions. Open, Closed or even Deleted questions (10k+)

  • @Ólafur Waage: Thanks for the clarification!
    – JFV
    Jun 28, 2009 at 18:19

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