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It seems that there are many ways to get a question into the reopen queue, how does it work?

  • When a question would be pushed to the queue?
  • When a question wouldn't be pushed to the queue?
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  • This other question describes the mechanism, but it doesn't have a good title for searching. – Braiam Aug 20 '20 at 21:17
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    This doesn't seem like information that needs separated off into its own FAQ. Why not add it to meta.stackexchange.com/questions/36415/… – animuson Aug 20 '20 at 21:22
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    This is already covered in the answer to Lots of questions in the reopen queue. – Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog Aug 20 '20 at 21:26
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    @Braiam Then shouldn't this question be closed as a duplicate of that one to serve as a signpost? – divibisan Aug 20 '20 at 21:26
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    @Braiam Just read your comment. I don't see why we need this as a separate post, given that the existing FAQ animuson linked links to that question. – Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog Aug 20 '20 at 21:31
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    @animuson That one seems squarely aimed towards users trying to reopen their questions. This one is more towards power users knowing how the system works. – Braiam Aug 20 '20 at 21:40
  • @SonictheMaskedWerehog It could get changed towards this question instead ;). – Braiam Aug 20 '20 at 21:40
  • @divibisan nope, because that other question is wondering why would there be so many questions in the reopen queue, it was a one-off event. If the mechanism described there change at any point, this question would be a better place to update the documentation, since it would be a faq and easily taken as authoritative. That other question doesn't lend itself to be a FAQ. – Braiam Aug 20 '20 at 21:44
  • @Braiam That doesn't mean that the answer specifically can't be linked from an existing FAQ, and it already is. – Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog Aug 20 '20 at 21:54
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    @SonictheMaskedWerehog also read my response to divibisan. Since SE is at least considering changing that behavior it wouldn't be nice having to update that post to be incorrect, since the behavior it describes accurately pinpoints the causes of the asker observation, but an updated post would not do that. – Braiam Aug 20 '20 at 22:02
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    In that case, let's wait for the mechanism to be actually changed and a new staff post detailing the new criteria, then edit the link in the FAQ and edit the linked answer to point to the new staff post. – Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog Aug 20 '20 at 22:04
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    @SonictheMaskedWerehog why wait? – Braiam Aug 20 '20 at 22:12
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There are three ways a question could get pushed to the reopen queue:

  • By a vote to reopen done by a user with the close votes privileges;
  • By popularity (score of the question, score of the top answer, or views per months, exact criteria isn't public for any of these); or
  • By any edit on the body of the question in the first 70 days of being closed

The first two are simple. The last one, is more complicated:

  • If you voted (flagged) to close a question...
    • and edited the body after it got closed
      • it wouldn't push the question to the reopen queue.
    • and edited the body before it got closed
      • it wouldn't push the question to the reopen queue.
  • If you haven't voted (flagged) to close a question...
    • and edited the body after it got closed
      • it would push the question to the reopen queue.
    • and edited the body before it got closed
      • it wouldn't push the question to the reopen queue.

In summary, as long as you edit the question before it gets closed it won't get pushed to the reopen queue; also if your vote is part of the votes active close votes on the question.

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