There is a question that I have an answer to but it has been closed by several respondents as a duplicate and pointing to an answer. In my view the source duplicate is very specific whereas there are more general answers available. It seems that I can vote to reopen the question but with no opportunity to explain the re-open vote. So if I cannot give reasons against the closure why would anyone remove their vote to close?

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    Quick solve: Link the question and I will also vote for re-open. Apr 4, 2021 at 19:17
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    Have you tried placing a re-open vote and providing a brief reason for why you think why the question should be reopened? It usually works for me.
    – Mico
    Apr 4, 2021 at 19:32
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    Note that the mod team can reopen without 'support' - a link with some reasoning here will likely be enough
    – Joseph Wright Mod
    Apr 4, 2021 at 19:36
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    If you search (in the meta queue) "reopen how", there are quite a few interesting items returned. I don't think there's an exact duplicate, but I was intrigued by the questions about how to reopen a deleted question. (That's a harder problem.) Apr 4, 2021 at 21:07
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    You can comment on closed questions. Whoever looks at the "reopen vote" queue will see the comment and decide whether to accept your opinion.
    – egreg
    Apr 4, 2021 at 21:55
  • Fastest is to copy the question as your own. See tex.stackexchange.com/questions/403661/… Apr 5, 2021 at 15:22
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    @Mico How do you provide the reason? Apr 5, 2021 at 18:47
  • @agreg There was no tag to provide a comment. Apr 5, 2021 at 18:49
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    @PeterWilson - When I see a closed query that I'd like to see re-opened, I place a re-open vote and leave a comment to explain why I think it should be reopened.
    – Mico
    Apr 5, 2021 at 19:30

1 Answer 1


Here are your options, in somewhat of a preferred sequence:

  1. Make a regular comment on the question, stating why you want to re-open the question. This could include a brief description of your solution, or just stating why the question isn't a duplicate. Don't just state that you want to answer it, because the reason for duplicate closure in the first place was to avoid duplication of content.

    This will push the question into the Reopen Review Queue for other 3k+ users can vote on it. They'll see your comment and make a decision based on that.

    You could garner support more quickly by joining the chat room and talking to regulars there about your proposal.

  2. Failing (1) above, you can join the chat room and ping one of the moderators who commonly hang around there. Then explain your situation and I'm sure it will be opened without hassle. Their voting power for reopening is binding and doesn't require other contributions in support.

  3. Post a question on Meta.TeX.SE specifically pointing to the question, stating your reason for re-opening. Since your question deals about the main site, this is perfectly acceptable and, again, is an attempt at garnering support for your cause.

Of course, your motivation stems from support of the community and that should always be welcomed, so you're bound to have success with any of the above options, as long as the reason is legit.

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