If I see a question that's been closed and IMO deserves reopening, what's the intended process for getting it reopened again, both when I think it was wrongly closed, and when it has since been improved to meet the standard?

In searching Meta, I've found requests to open particular closed questions, I've seen it implied that merely editing a closed question triggers a reopen vote, and I've checked the topics in Help Center, but I haven't found anything that definitively states how the procedure is designed to happen.

  • 5 users need to agree to cast their vote to reopen a closed question.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Jul 9, 2021 at 6:56
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    How to achieve this can depend on several factors. But the most efficacious way is when the OP edits their post that addresses the reasons their Q was closed. This means adding a little research (e.g a dictionary definition) , clarifying a point or even fixing bad spelling and punctuation. When a closed post has been edited it automatically enters the reopen review queue where reviewers decide it's "fate".
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Jul 9, 2021 at 7:01
  • Actually the procedure is explained rather well in this extract: ell.stackexchange.com/help/closed-questions
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Jul 9, 2021 at 7:06
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    This article may help meta.stackexchange.com/help/reopen-questions and here is a pretty good example of a request to reopen a question ell.meta.stackexchange.com/q/1238/9161
    – ColleenV
    Commented Jul 9, 2021 at 10:08
  • You may also find this "product discovery" post on Meta relevant Changing the question reopening experience
    – ColleenV
    Commented Jul 9, 2021 at 15:12
  • Thank you both!
    – gotube Mod
    Commented Jul 10, 2021 at 17:59

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This article contains all the details: https://meta.stackexchange.com/help/reopen-questions

But tl;dr:

Any closed question gets reopened when:

  • one moderator votes to reopen it, OR
  • when a question reaches 5 reopen votes (only users with 3,000+ rep can vote)

There is also a reopen vote queue where designated candidates for reopening are listed. A closed question enters this queue either when

  • one 3,000+ user votes to reopen it, OR
  • someone edits the question within 5 days of it being closed

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