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Let's get the most important point out of the way first, and it is this: You can still benefit from the information on the closed post That's right; the question, and all eight answers that were posted to it, are still there, information waiting to be consumed by anyone who wants to read it. Now that that's out of the way... Stack Exchange is not a ...


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Can Questions be Reopened After They've Been Closed by Some Self Appointed Gestapo Moderators? Certainly. At 3000 reputation, people can vote to reopen a question. Granted, 3000 is also the level that Gestapo Moderators can vote to close the question. Who decides what is a "real" question or topic of interest? The community. Questions like this ...


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There's an automated process that runs daily and checks and reverses serial votes (either up or down). It will most probably reverse the downvotes the next time it runs, 9 downvotes in a very short time is certainly an abnormal pattern. In the highly unlikely case that the votes haven't been reversed in 24h, give me a shout in chat so I can ask a SE employee ...


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Discussions should be closed as they fit the definition of not constructive. Not only is it mentioned explicitly in the FAQ, but there's an entire blog post on the Stack Exchange blog about it. If you want to have a discussion with other users, we do have a chat room - all Stack Exchange sites tend to have at least one for the site. However, you need 20 ...


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Hopefully the first response to this post is a quick solution to getting 15 reputation points that I haven't seen All you need is 8 good edits! While under 2,000 reputation points, you gain 2 points for each edit you make, and with just 8 good edits you'll get the required reputation to up vote (plus 1 ;). There's a small catch, though, your edits must be ...


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It might be an old answer, but the whole thread was bumped to the front page thrice today, as three new answers were posted. This new round of attention also lead to the question getting closed, the new answers are... not exactly what we're looking for (especially when there's already a thorough answer) and I suspect protecting the question from receiving ...


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You can use as many or as few of your votes as you like. However, if there are three positions available or many more candidates than positions it makes sense to use all three votes. In this election there's only one position available and only three candidates so you could just use one vote for the candidate you want to get the job as it's quite likely (...


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I understand that you dislike our current situation, but the '15 rep requirement' has it's benefits, which hugely outweigh the disadvantages. The rule is derived from the initial ideas that are the basis of all StackExchange sites: You need to earn trust, before you are allowed to vote. That ideas has been proven to work very well; It keeps out a big amount ...


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See this Meta Stack Overflow question for more than you'll ever want to know on this subject: Encouraging people to explain down-votes


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I think you are seeing the normal ebb and flow of Programmers. Typically when a question is searched for on Google, Programmers ends up somewhere on the first page if the question has been asked before here. This person will sometimes bump the question with an answer, comment, vote, or an edit. https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/a/179163/25476 ...


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First answer to this is easy - More often than not the moderators are not doing the closing, the community is. It requires 5 votes to get the question closed, so at least 5 people think the question has a problem. The next comes from what this site is not - as indicated by @meager, it is a QA site, not an open ended discussion forum. The specific question ...


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Yes questions can be reopened and are reopened all the time. The act of closing a question is not a permanent thing, it is simply temporarily halting any further answers until the question can be improved to meet the guidelines of the FAQ. We generally discourage questions that promote or encourage an unusually large amount of discussion or that can have ...


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Originally you were restricted to 30 votes per day. These votes could be distributed between questions and answers in any ratio. To encourage voting on questions an extra 10, question only votes were introduced taking the total to 40. However, because they are question only votes if you have voted on answers and then start voting on questions you can't ...


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The simple answer is "yes". If you think there is some part of the FAQ that need removing or amending or you think that there's something missing then post it as a question here on meta. The community can then vote and discuss the change, suggesting improvements, providing counter arguments etc. When there's a consensus a moderator can then make the ...


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There are currently two downvotes and one upvote on your question. This could have happened if someone removed their downvote, or if someone flipped their downvote into an upvote. Usually, votes are locked in and cannot be changed at will, except for a grace period after casting the vote, or after the post was edited. That is supposed to encourage ...


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FAQ changes have been propsed by community members, voted on, and incorporated. An example that I have easy access to is my suggestion to replace "software law" with "software licensing" to eliminate questions about patents, trademarks, and copyrights that vary around the world and often need the expert advice of a lawyer, rather than a software development ...


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StackExchange uses voting system to make good answers go all way up and bad ones all way down, not to give rewards and reputations to people. (And a reputation system is perhaps a way to rate users as well as give them permissions based on their reps) Upvoting/Downvoting means this vote is useful/not useful


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