More than five years ago I asked a question about how to check the content of a non-optional value using
guard. The first example of four, unfortunately, used an optional array as the input. The other three did not, and the question was about the last one. Now, five years later, someone closed it as being the duplicate of a question about optional arrays.
In any event, my real concern is that the instructions on how to re-open such a question leave very much to be desired. Let's look at them...
Leave a comment on the question itself calling for it to be reopened
Fair enough. However, the reopen queue pages do not display new comments as diffs, so a reviewer may not see them. Am I missing something here?
Be sure that you've read the close notice and any comments on the question
In every case I have seen, these consist solely of "duplicate of" or a similar short message. For the average user, there isn't going to be much to go on.
If a moderator (user with a ♦ symbol after their name) closed the question
How do you know who closed the question? There is no name in the blue box, no link to the votes... nothing. How does one perform this action?
If you have at least 3,000 reputation points, vote to reopen yourself.
Which is fine, but how does one indicate why it should be considered? The only solution I can see is to edit the question and put notes at the top so they will show up in the diff in the review queue.
For that matter, how does one find any particular item in the queue? I didn't see any way to navigate it other than the skip button. Would it be possible for there to be a link to the item?