I think there is a value in those questions that are closed but later are re-opened because of popular demand.

Should these questions have some type of survivor/popular badge? Those ones when the community decides that it is worth to make an exception to the rules

  • Maybe a 10 point rep gain, but I don't think it warrants a new badge – Mitch Dempsey May 17 '10 at 19:21
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    Not many mods have the spine required to vote to reopen a closed question. It is like the SO equivalent of breaking the picket line. The few that do should get the badge. – Evan Carroll May 17 '10 at 19:21
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    @Evan, you mean 3ks, that's all it takes to vote to reopen – Lance Roberts May 17 '10 at 19:30
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    @Even: Actually the majority of the time there isn't a reason to reopen. It has nothing to do with spine. – Josh K May 17 '10 at 19:31
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    I would upvote @Josh and @Lance, but I'm out of comment votes for the day. @Evan, stop whining that your off topic questions get closed!!! – The Unhandled Exception May 17 '10 at 20:53
  • @Evan: I've voted to reopen on many an occasion. Not nearly as often as I vote to close, but it does happen. But I never vote to reopen off-topic material; perhaps that is the issue you are dealing with? – John Rudy May 17 '10 at 21:49
  • @Josh: You can run out of comment votes!?!? – Josh K May 17 '10 at 23:09
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    @Josh: Yes, you can! happens to me all the time on Meta :-) – The Unhandled Exception May 17 '10 at 23:36
  • @Josh: Good to know, I never noticed. Come back when you have fresh votes! :) – Josh K May 18 '10 at 0:41
  • @Josh Overflow. – perbert May 18 '10 at 16:15

Some kind of reward would seem to indicate that these types of questions somehow have more value than other types of questions. The reality is that a significant portion of the community thinks they have less.

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  • Very good point. – The Unhandled Exception May 17 '10 at 20:53
  • But is this what SO is suppose to promote? The community is the one to decide. If one question is voted several times to be kept open, that means that a significant portion of the community do think that the question has a special value that should allow an exception – SystematicFrank May 19 '10 at 19:44
  • @Francisco: In order for a question to be voted open several times, it must also be voted closed several times. Which do you think the community values more, a question that is voted closed several times or a question that is never closed at all? – Bill the Lizard May 19 '10 at 20:05
  • I don't think we have to necessarily discourage potentially controversial questions, but I don't think they should be rewarded with a special badge either. – Bill the Lizard May 19 '10 at 20:07

Then we'd have a competition of people trying to create borderline questions.

Oh the inhumanity.

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    I think the quote is "Oh the humanity" :) – Mitch Dempsey May 17 '10 at 19:22
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    @web: Errr... meta.stackexchange.com/questions/42919/… – Jon Seigel May 17 '10 at 19:23
  • @Jon - That was excellent +1 – Mitch Dempsey May 17 '10 at 19:25
  • @web, the original quote was with 'humanity', but an often used paraphrase is with 'inhumanity' (35,800 google hits) (and I thought it fit better here). – Lance Roberts May 17 '10 at 19:29
  • @Lance - I figured, i was just giving you a hard time. – Mitch Dempsey May 17 '10 at 19:34
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    @web, hard time accepted :) – Lance Roberts May 17 '10 at 19:36

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