I think it would really help if you get notified that a question of yours was closed.

Especially for the multi-site power user, usually (at least for me) a question is asked and then left alone for while. I rely on the network-wide inbox to tell me when someone has commented or answered, but if I don't receive any messages then I tend to assume that the question wasn't answered or even noticed. It's only when I check the question a day or two later to see what I can add do I find out it was closed.

This would be especially helpful for duplicates, where the answers you need are already there. A message to the effect of, "Closed as duplicate of question" is just like notifying me that a new answer has been added!

Unfortunately, question closures can remain unnoticed by their askers until months have passed. By then, the questions may either be too old to migrate to the correct site, or may run the risk of automatic deletion, depending on the specific closing reason. We should notify users of these question closures so that they can improve them and learn from their mistakes.

Could closed questions get added to the inbox?

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    You should've received a notification from Gilles's comment explaining that he was about to close it and why. Did you not?
    – user149432
    Commented Jun 8, 2011 at 21:44
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    If you posted a question, that means that you are expecting answers, so you should be periodically checking your question anyway. What would your response be if you got a close notification? How does the close notification improve your interaction with the site? (closed questions are essentially end-games).
    – user102937
    Commented Jun 8, 2011 at 21:49
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    @Mark Yes I did receive the comment. However that is just polite behaviour by Gilles, and not something enforced by the system. @Robert I would check my questions after a week or so (some questions are just posted out of interest), and if I saw a question being closed I wouldn't response, but as I explained next questions whould be better.
    – Ton Plomp
    Commented Jun 8, 2011 at 21:49
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    Ah, I see. So it's for educational reasons.
    – user102937
    Commented Jun 8, 2011 at 21:52
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    @Robert: You needn't check your question actively, because you get a notification about the answer in a box at the top left (at least in Firefox on Linux, I do so). And a closed question can be reopened, if you improve it, for example - in the particular example, things are different, but in general. Commented Jun 9, 2011 at 2:10
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    @RobertHarvey I've seen questions closed after days/weeks/months; monitoring the question for the first few hours/days doesn't help people find out about that. Commented Jun 7, 2015 at 4:22
  • Related (ultimately a dupe): meta.stackexchange.com/questions/272648/… - I did not initially understand that 'on hold' was a species of 'closed', but the notification should also apply to when a question is put on hold.
    – abligh
    Commented Jan 9, 2016 at 12:44
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    I think the SE team just forgot about this request. How can we attract their attention to the topic? Is posting an another question asking "Why wasn't this feature request implemented?" a good idea? Commented Oct 15, 2016 at 7:55
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    Well, it's been over 7 years since this was posted, and there is still no notification. How can this situation be improved? Commented Jul 2, 2018 at 18:08
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    @publicstaticvoidmain Note that a bounty is not a useful way to get official attention for feature requests; it's a good way to get community input, but not official input: See: How do I get attention for old, unfixed bug reports and feature requests without official responses here on Meta?. Commented Nov 24, 2018 at 22:44
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    @YaakovEllis: What is the current status of this? The last information we have is that it was in A/B testing. I simply want to know whether I still need to leave an extra comment to tell users I closed their question so they get to know it.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Commented Jun 21, 2020 at 8:09
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    @Wrzlprmft this was fixed in November 2020. I needed to dig down to this answer. If OP accepts that answer, we can save future readers a lot of time. Commented Dec 30, 2020 at 10:47

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I disagree with @JeffAtwoods answer for multiple reasons (in the same order as his points)

We don't believe in overly nagging and notifying people for minutiae. This is a core philosophy at the highest echelons of the company leadership. (Read: me.)

  • So make it opt-in. Why not?

You should care about your question more than any other human being on the planet. If it is closed, you should already know about that without needing a special magic notification.

  • I agree that I should care about the question, but I shouldn't have to keep refreshing the page.. Lets say I usually hang out at A.SE. I ask a question at B.SE. Now, being online, I'd naturally like to know about my question immediately. While on A.SE if I'm doing some stuff, I should get the B.SE close notification immediately without having to refresh the page. I care about my question --so much that I want to know what happened to it immediately.

It's an invitation to complain. "Oh look, here is a signed, notarized document telling you we closed your question." Cue Eeyore in 3... 2... 1...

  • Its not just an invitation for complaining, it's also an invitation for improving the question. I've seen many crappy, closed questions get improved and reopened.

The existing close reasons on the question, along with the explanation, should be sufficient for explaining what is going on.

  • This point is only valid if the OP realises that it was closed in the first place. Which is the object of discussion here.

As @TimPost said, this may not be appropriate for SO, where it would be rare to see any post without comments, especially a closed one. But, on the SE 2.0 sites, which don't have much activity, this is possible.

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    I don't know if we'd need or want this on SO, since (as I said in your post which turned out to be a dup) I've yet to see a question on SO close without at least one comment indicating that it might happen. That being said, it may make sense on SE 2.0 sites where questions can be closed while crickets chirp. I suggest linking to your recently closed question you used as an example in this answer as well.
    – user50049
    Commented Mar 16, 2012 at 14:17
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    @TimPost: I've yet to see a question on SO close without at least one comment indicating that it might happen. – I know, this is almost four years old, but here you go.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Commented Jan 16, 2016 at 19:29
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    -1 for the opt-in proposal. In my opinion getting notified about everything that happens to your question except it getting closed makes absolutely no sense. Also: while a question getting closed without a comment might be rare it happens. example Commented Oct 15, 2016 at 7:22
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    Atwood actually said "special magic notification"? That's a saucy one there. I'm guessing he didn't grow up on a farm. Commented Jul 30, 2019 at 14:38
  • Note that notifications for this issue have now been implemented. See this answer: meta.stackexchange.com/a/356743/162948
    – Flimm
    Commented Apr 13, 2021 at 8:28

To me, many of the available close reasons are a way of saying to the author "This question has serious issues and you need to take some remedial actions to fix them". It makes sense to me that we should be visually prompting them to take those actions via a notification rather than just hoping that they care enough to keep checking in on the question.

When would this be useful?

If you can think of any other situations where this might be useful, please suggest them in the comments.

I can think of the following scenarios where I would find a close notification potentially useful:

  • When I've posted a question into a low traffic tag

    If I use one of my own questions as an example. That question is several years old, it has attracted just the one vote and a deleted answer. Over the course of its life, that question has attracted just under 500 views, with most of those probably being as a result of me including it in this answer. Do I check that question every day? Good lord no! Frankly it would be a waste of time for me to do that (admittedly not a significant one). If it was closed right now, I probably wouldn't notice it for a couple of months because I don't consider it to be active, so don't check on it anymore. This is somewhat related to...

  • When the question is no longer active

    Most of the activity on the vast majority of questions happens within the first few hours after posting and then nosedives to almost nothing[Citation needed]. We can't reasonably expect everyone to keep close tabs on their inactive questions to see if anything happens to them.

  • When the question is closed as a duplicate

    To quote TheLQ:

    This would be especially helpful for duplicates, where the answers you need are already there. A message to the effect of, "Closed as duplicate of question" is just like notifying me that a new answer has been added!

  • When site guidelines have changed, and your years-old question no longer fits the site (but could with some editing). (added by @Flimzy)

    As an active member of several sites from the days of early public (or in some cases private) beta, it's common to have a plethora of old questions which no longer meet current site guidelines. It's not always common (or otherwise necessary) to explain a close vote for a new close reason--especially for veteran users (like myself). Numerous times I have stumbled upon one of my old questions on Christianity.SE, for instance, which I had never realized was closed, because it was closed under these exact circumstances. When I notice, I usually clean up the question, and flag for re-opening.

    But only when I notice.

There is also some situational value to having a notification. I completely understand Jeff's view:

You should care about your question more than any other human being on the planet. If it is closed, you should already know about that without needing a special magic notification.

And in an ideal world this would indeed be the case. But we don't live in an ideal world, and not everyone sticks around after posting. Some people will wander off completely thinking "I'll check back later", we can't really do much about that and a notification won't be of much use there. But other users will stick around on the SE network. Perhaps they'll go and read a few posts here, or on a child meta, or just hunt for questions to answer on their main site. Those people would benefit from being notified of their question being closed.

Opinions are like...

...so here's mine: I feel that the benefits of being notified about question closure outweigh the negatives - I'd rather have a notification telling me something I already knew than not having one telling me when I hadn't noticed. Per user, having a question closed should be a rare enough occasion that it's not going to cause a huge spam of notifications, and if you consistently ask good questions you should never notice this anyway. I support this.


While structured as a response to Jeff Atwood’s now-deleted answer, most of this can stand on its own:

We don't believe in overly nagging and notifying people for minutiae. This is a core philosophy at the highest echelons of the company leadership. (Read: me.)

I fail to see how one’s question being closed falls under minutiae. Of course, e.g., to the experienced user it may happen that their question being closed as a duplicate is a minutia, as they already noticed the auto-generated comment by the first respective close vote and may have even cast a close vote themselves, but this is a comparably exceptional case¹: Questions by experienced users are much less prone to being closed, so this feature request mostly aims at inexperienced users, to which it might be at least educational as to how the system works and who usually are not spammed with notifications anyway. In particular first-time users do not even know how things work around here and might just patiently wait for a mail notification of an answer, while they could and should improve their question instead.

Moreover, question closure may be even relevant to experienced users anticipating it, as it concludes a tiny chapter in their Stack Exchange life. Finally, even experienced users may be surprised by question closure (see below).

You should care about your question more than any other human being on the planet. If it is closed, you should already know about that without needing a special magic notification.

I strongly disagree. Let’s have a look at to what can happen to my question:

  • It can receive an answer. I get a notification for this.
  • It receives a comment. I get a notification for this.
  • It gets upvoted. I get a notification for this.
  • It gets downvoted. I do not get an alert for this, but I see it in the reputation dropdown, which has the advantage of capturing all of my posts on the whole network. So, there is no need to check back the individual question.
  • It gets edited. If the edit is major, I get a notification; if the edit is minor, I should ideally not bother. Of course, sometimes major edits can be wrongly classified as minor, but that’s another problem and applies to all my posts, not only recently asked questions.
  • It gets closed. I do not get notified.

So, why should I keep refreshing my question, if the only thing that can happen to it is the number of views going up?

Now, one might argue that in most cases, I get a useful individual or canned comment with the first close vote, but neither does this always need to be the case nor does this mean that the question closure hits me by surprise. In particular, if I edit my question to improve it or clarify why it is not a duplicate, a closure that happens later may still be a surprise to me.

To give a real example, let me try to reconstruct the chronology of this question of mine:

  1. Question is posted.
  2. Question receives an opinion-based based answer missing the point (IMHO).
  3. Question receive a comment criticising the question as a rant in disguise, which probably coincided with the first close vote.
  4. In reaction to this, I edit my question, trying to clarify the actual objective (IMHO) question and trying to make it look less like a rant (which I did not intend it to be anyway) and I respond to the respective comment.
  5. Question receives another answer and further non-critical comments.
  6. Nothing happens for 13 hours.
  7. Someboy casts the final close vote and the question is closed.

Now, after step 6, I concluded that I had sufficiently addressed the concerns leading to the closure and the usual initial wave of interest had ceased. Thus the closure was somewhat surprsing to me and something I would like to have been informed of. (Also note how step 6 might take a very long time on Stack Overflow due to the crammed close queues.)

Sidenote: I do not dispute the closure. Apparently, some programmers tend to be dogmatic about this topic and thus there is no way to ask about this without attracting highly subjective answers.

It's an invitation to complain. "Oh look, here is a signed, notarized document telling you we closed your question." Cue Eeyore in 3... 2... 1...

This contradicts the other arguments: You first argued that we need not be informed of closure because we would already get to know about it by other means. Then you argue that we should not be informed because we should not know about it.

Also, it’s arguably more infuriating if I learn about the closure later after having thought that my question was patiently sitting there and waiting for answers for a week (or whatever is long on the respective site or tag) when it could not receive answers due to being closed, with me missing the opportunity to complain about a potentially wrong closure or to improve the question in light of appropriate critique.

The existing close reasons on the question, along with the explanation, should be sufficient for explaining what is going on.

I fail to see what this has to do with the request. This is not about explaining what is going on, but about notifying somebody that something is going on.

¹ As question owners can now unilaterally close their own question as duplicate, this example is outdated.

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    "If it is closed, you should already know about that without needing a special magic notification" Oh, boy, sometimes Jeff has a way of sounding like a jerk. You know how people know about things that have happened? With notifications. How do you learn about things without notifications? Now that is magic. Sigh. Commented Nov 18, 2020 at 2:50
  • Note that notifications for this issue have now been implemented. See this answer: meta.stackexchange.com/a/356743/162948
    – Flimm
    Commented Apr 13, 2021 at 8:29
  • @Flimm: You don’t need to post comments on every answer on that. The status-completed tag on the question suffices.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Commented Apr 13, 2021 at 9:24
  • I post a comment in order as a way to persuade myself not to downvote stale, out-of-date answer posts.
    – Flimm
    Commented Apr 13, 2021 at 10:23
  • "notifying people for minutiae". What? That makes no sense whatsoever. No grasp of the problem.
    – Mark
    Commented Feb 11, 2023 at 3:09

This really needs to be implemented. Soon. This question was posted back in 2011 and we haven't actually got an official response now (in 2015). Is it that hard to implement? Or is there some (not officially given) reason not to implement this?

The people saying 'Oh, it's your question. If you really care about it, you should check every day each and every one of your questions on each and every site' are just being ridiculous - do you do that? I seriously doubt it. Yeah - for the first few days - but you (obviously) don't realize that questions can close at anytime. And without warning. There isn't a restriction on when a question can be closed.

Anyways, I've made a userscript to try its best to notify you if a question across the network closes.

Question Close Notifier @ StackApps

There's a full StackApps post over here and a Github Pages website over here - they give you all the information you'll need.

It's really easy to use - it shows notifications as an inbox message - with a count and same-style notification as a standard SE message. All you need is an access token, which you can get by following one of the above links :)

Here's what it would look like:

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It checks every day, via the API, for questions that have closed since the last day (the last time 'it' checked for you) - more details on how it works can be found on one of the above links!

If you want this as a separate web-app, see my previous 'endeavour' over here. I won't be updating that anymore though! So use this instead :)

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    There was an official response by then SE boss Jeff Atwood a few days after this request was posted, it's a deleted answer here. He says no, with some very bad justification, starting with “We don't believe in overly nagging and notifying people for minutiae” (an argument in especially bad faith since at the time there was a particularly obnoxious notification that you had to dismiss each time you received a badge). Unfortunately, a userscript doesn't help here, because users wouldn't know that they need them — it's highly unintuitive that you get pinged for everything important but closure. Commented Jun 8, 2015 at 21:34
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    @Gilles didn't know that! But he's deleted it - so it might be being reconsidered! I agree a userscript isn't as helpful as standard implementation is - but at least it's something - and it proves it isn't hard to implement!! Commented Jun 9, 2015 at 6:17
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    Note that this has been implemented now. See this answer: meta.stackexchange.com/a/356743/162948
    – Flimm
    Commented Apr 13, 2021 at 8:29

Edit: Notifications for this case have now been implemented! See this answer.

Old answer:

Seeing as this still has not been implemented, I propose that we all leave comments like this one on questions with at least one close vote:

Your question has received at least one vote for it to be closed. If it receives enough close votes, it will be closed, and you will not be notified. I thought I'd leave you a friendly comment to let you know of this possible eventuality, so that you remember to check manually.

If enough of us start posting these comments where it's appropriate, it may get noticed by SE staff, and they may decide to fix this issue. Even if they don't, we'll be informing users on how the site actually works so that they're not unpleasantly surprised by this unexpected behaviour of the site.


This answer mostly follows a different line of thought than my existing answer. Hence I posted it separately.

TL;DR: The current system is made as if this feature request were already implemented or has mechanisms compensating for its absence.

I just noticed how ironically a lot of aspects of the current system are either assuming that askers are informed about the closure of their question or consider informing the asker about closure or impending closure a good idea:

  • The closure notice of every question that is closed for a reason other than duplicate contains:

    If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit your question.

    While this can be understood to be addressed at everyone reading the question, there is no denying that it is mostly directed at the asker who is most likely to fix the question. Thus, it assumes that the asker reads the closure notice.

  • For the first five days after closure, closed questions are labeled on hold rather than closed and edits will make them go to the reopen queue. This was done to make closure sound less final, to encourage improvements and to facilitate the reopening process. Of course, all of this makes only sense if the asker reads the closure notice.

  • On beta sites, if a question is closed without a comment, a moderator flag is raised automatically. The obvious idea behind this is that the moderator can tell the asker that something is wrong with the question and provide guidance on improving the question, if none of the close voters bothered to do so. Funnily, the latter is fully understandable if a close reason is spot-on, which happens often enough, in particular if sites have well-phrased close reasons for common cases.

    As a moderator of a beta site where this is the case, I often find myself dealing with such flags by leaving a comment that says nothing more than “please see above”, which serves no other purpose than ensuring that the asker noticed the closure.

  • Voting to close a question with a custom close reason leaves this close reason as a comment, even if the question is not even closed yet. As other users with close privileges could see the close reason anyway, I doubt that the system works this way to give people opportunity to discuss closure. Rather this was done to inform the asker of the problem with the question.

  • Votes to close a question as duplicate generate an automatic comment to inform the asker of the proposed duplicate and the asker is then asked to either confirm the duplicate or to edit the question to clarify how it is different from the suggested duplicate. This obviously only works with informing the asker of the suggested duplicate (what the comment does).


Following a successful experiment earlier this year testing this feature, close notifications are now live network-wide, for question authors and followers. Please see the official announcement for more details.

Author a question
If it is closed, check inbox
Followers as well


This is good and should be implemented.

I have some arguments and suggestions going towards the feature.

You are told that if your question is ever closed due to any reason even duplicate, you should edit your question so it fits all the criteria mentioned in the Help Center.

If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit your question.

But if you are unaware that your question was closed in the first place, how can you possibly try to edit your question and attempt to make it reopened?

The system is also made as if this was already implemented and that it nearly almost requires this to function properly:

  • When someone closes a question as duplicate, an auto-comment is created, notifying the OP immediately

  • When someone closes a question for another reason and leaves a comment (optional), the OP gets notified instantly

  • Putting a question on hold before a final decision is best if the OP did his job of attempting to fix the problem in the first place

For those who constantly ask questions, finding whether one of your questions was closed or not can be a big problem or just those who don't even check the status of their old questions anymore... it's still a big issue.

For new users, it can be a great learning experience to rebound from their mistakes and create instead excellent new questions that are well-received from the community, something every new user wants here at SE.

For active users, you would be shocked to see your question closed and would be very eager to reword your question so it can fit the Help Center rules appropriately. But if you don't know it then trouble arrives...

For veteran users... well that's self-explanatory how shocked they will be.

The suggestions

Instead of only generating a comment for just a duplicate, why not create one for each closure reason. This will ping the OP when their question has a close vote for whatever reason, fix it appropriately, and no longer need lots of rep to see the reason for closure until the very end (if it is closed). The format could be like:

Cast close vote for {insert closure reason here}

Short, simple, self-explanatory, and is user-friendly. Another suggestion is so that Community posts a comment saying that your question has been closed:

Your question has been closed. Please edit your question so it will fit the rules of the Help Center.

The good

As new and veteran users network wide get these notifications, they will most likely edit their questions in an attempt to get it reopened and possibly learn from mistakes so that means:

  • Smaller Close Votes queue (Especially for Stack Overflow)

  • Less time closing, more time contributing

  • Moderators and users can take some time off moderating new users and their questions

  • Question quality goes through the roof

The bad

Of course, there will be the bad. Just imagine you are a new user with your first question with high hopes to be well-received by the community and you get a comment that crushes your dreams.

  • New users might be discouraged

  • New users are puzzled

The miscellaneous

Comments should also include some posts relating to creating good posts, such as the Help Center posts or Jon Skeet's detailed blog.

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    The format could be like: “Cast close vote for {insert closure reason here}” – That would arguably confuse most users (and also be too long and thus would require a speciac interface). Rather I would have each close vote leave a canned comment (or upvote an existing one) like “I am voting to close this question because it is too broad. Please add details to narrow the answer set or to isolate an issue that can be answered in a few paragraphs.”
    – Wrzlprmft
    Commented Jan 26, 2016 at 8:54

A moderator brought this question up a couple of weeks ago and my initial thought was this was a bad idea. (And judging by my voting, I didn't much care for it at some point in the past.) I have bunches of ancient questions on Stack Overflow that have been closed. In abstract, that's not a problem; I asked some broad discussion starters back in the day. But when I look through my closed questions, I get a pang of annoyance about some of them. How dare that moderator/the community close my perfect gem of a question!

So there are a lot of times when it seems helpful in the abstract to be notified of a closed question, but would only serve to make most people a tiny bit angry instead. However, Shog pointed out to me that close notifications might be very welcome if:

  1. The question is closed as a duplicate of another question and
  2. The asker's question hasn't been answered yet.

For duplicate questions, the close notification is functionally the same as an answer notification. In most cases, the asker will get a comment ping when a duplicate close vote comes in. (That has the pleasant side-effect of giving them a chance to self-close immediately.) But when the first vote is binding, no notice is sent. It does a disservice to the asker if we have essentially answered their question without notifying them. In this case, the notification should be something like:

Grant the OP a binding close as duplicate vote
This question already has an answer here: New UI encourages askers to confirm or dispute duplicate votes

That way, the author can see their post if they like, but there's a link to the duplicate target which must be answered. The copy is taken from the banner on the closed post. That sorta mirrors the fact that answer notifications include a snippet of the answer.

But what about other closed questions? In my view, other close reasons are more likely to be confrontational. But we also know from the data that when people do edit their closed question, they can be reopened:

Close reason                   Edited %  Edited and Reopened %
------------                   --------  ---------------------

"why isn't this code working?"  19.73 %                13.14 %
recommend or find . . .          9.89 %                 5.29 %
duplicate                       38.47 %                 4.63 %
unclear what you're asking      11.37 %                 9.22 %
too broad                       20.48 %                 7.14 %

(These numbers come from this report. I've only included close reasons that make up 5% or more of all closures. The second percentage indicates how effective the edits were toward getting the question reopened.)

It might not seem like it, but those are encouraging numbers. Letting people know about closed questions so they can edit them might allow more questions to be rescued. In particular, questions that go unanswered because they are unclear or don't have enough information do get reopened after an edit at least some of the time. There's often some discussion in comments about the reasons for closing a question, but responding to those is a waste of time. Instead, any close notification should link to the edit window:

closed as off-topic
What are Stack Overflow unicoins?

For non-duplicates, close notifications are most useful if:

  1. The question has not yet been answered and
  2. It's not been a long time since the question was asked.

Again, I don't care to know if my question from last year was eventually closed; I've moved on. But it would be nice to know if my unanswered question from last week could be reopened with a strategic edit.

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    First quote looks... Off.
    – Shog9
    Commented Feb 17, 2017 at 17:48
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    According to Dupehammer creates and deletes a comment, causing notifications to go out, dupehammering does create a notification. (But perhaps mod-dupe-closing doesn't?)
    – user315433
    Commented Feb 17, 2017 at 18:14
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    @Shog9: As in, the wording is confusing? Or because I'm trying to shove too many links into the notification? Commented Feb 17, 2017 at 18:14
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    @zaq: Ah. That probably explains why so many people come back to edit duplicates. I wondered if that was the case, but didn't test to be sure. It would be better if we had a more deliberate notification. Commented Feb 17, 2017 at 18:18
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    Unless you're on the API/app, those deleted comment notifications don't stick around, @zaq
    – Shog9
    Commented Feb 17, 2017 at 18:29
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    The binding vote link is unnecessary, IMHO @Jon - kinda distracts from the important link, don't it?
    – Shog9
    Commented Feb 17, 2017 at 18:30
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    @Shog9: The tricky bit is that it's possible to get to duplicate from the question you asked, but harder to go the other way. I worry people will be confused about a notification that goes to a question they have nothing to do with. And what happens when the duplicate close is invalid? Maybe "Your question has an answer here: . . ."? Commented Feb 17, 2017 at 19:44
  • Instead, any close notification should link to the edit window – it already does (if you are referring to the notice beyond the question, once it’s closed). Also, the second quote looks off as well – I do not know what you want to tell us.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Commented Feb 17, 2017 at 22:21
  • It might not seem like it, but those are encouraging numbers. – If I am understanding this correctly and the Edited and Reopened percentage is given with respect to all closed questions (and not only questions that have been edited), I find this is very encouraging: If a user edits a question that is closed as unclear for example, there’s an 81 % chance of reopening.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Commented Feb 17, 2017 at 22:27
  • Finally, your data contradicts the one presented by @Shog9 here, according to which the new duplicate UI raised the percentage of edits from 6 % to 12 %. While it is theoretically possible that this rose to 38.5 % later, I find this quite unlikely.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Commented Feb 17, 2017 at 22:40
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    See also meta.stackexchange.com/q/286057/6309.
    – VonC
    Commented Feb 27, 2017 at 8:04
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    @JonEricson Again, I don't care to know if my question from last year was eventually closed; I've moved on. But it would be nice to know if my unanswered question from last week could be reopened with a strategic edit - is anything in the works? As a moderator I intentionally try to leave a comment just so users get a notification, but if a question is closed via community vote it's quite possible a question can be closed without the asker being notified. An edit or clarification might get it reopened, but they don't come to look due to no notification.
    – Midavalo
    Commented May 20, 2017 at 17:55

This happened to me. I posted a question on the webmasters SE. It was flawed but I did not know this at the time.

Later, I go back to check if anyone's answered. I click on my "Stack Overflow" bookmark and there is nothing on my "inbox" icon. "Fine, no-one's answered yet."

Much later, I keep going back to Stack Overflow and there's nothing in my inbox.

Some significant time later, I think to take a look at the question page. Since there's nothing to take me right there, I have to drill a few layers through my user page to find my question. It is only then I learn that it is on hold.

What was my mistake? Relying on the Inbox.

Please reconsider this "WONTFIX". Or, remove the Inbox as I can't rely on it as a useful way to let me know there's important activity around my question.

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