I asked this question about the rarest Steam achievements, and it got put on hold for being too broad almost immediately.

While I disagreed with "too broad", I realized the question might be "too localized" as the answers would change over time. So I rewrote the question to not ask for any specific achievements--instead focusing on a method to find a list of currently rarest achievements. After editing I flagged the post for moderators and fully expected the question to be reopened by now.

Is there something else wrong with this question? I feel it's a very good fit for the QA format, but I do realize it might be off-topic here. I'm not that familiar with how you do things here. Should I still edit the question somehow?

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    I was also surprised by the amount of downvotes I received after the question was put on hold (I can't see the up/down ratio, but I think there were two upvotes at one point). While this is very subjective, I wonder if there are people who want to downvote and see putting on hold as a permission to do that. Commented May 1, 2014 at 6:10
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    I declined your flag; your question was already accumulating reopen votes, and mod intervention is not needed to accelerate that process. We are as reluctant to reopen unilaterally as we are to close. Be thankful for that. Commented May 1, 2014 at 14:10
  • @LessPop_MoreFizz I do agree that is for the best. I just didn't think about it that way. Thanks for letting the community do its thing! Commented May 1, 2014 at 17:52
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    @LessPop_MoreFizz meta.stackexchange.com/a/124106/237685. Really, especially even more so if it's flagged - reopen it/close it if it's obvious, do nothing if you're not sure.
    – hichris123
    Commented May 12, 2014 at 20:17

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My understanding of the system is that if you edit a question that was 'on hold' it is automatically nominated for reopening, and is put into the reopen review queue. At this point it takes 5 users with 3000+ rep to agree that the edit(s) fixed whatever issues caused it to be put on hold in the first place (Just as it took 5 users to put it on hold).

Unless there was some clear evidence of shenanigans going on that caused it to be closed improperly, or there was a discussion here on meta relating to the closure (and there was a clear consensus that it should be reopened); getting one's question reopened should generally be left to the community, rather than getting a single mod to overturn a closure.

The above being said, your question (as I have been typing this answer) was sitting at 4/5 reopen votes. After looking over the original question and the edit, I agree that the scope has been fixed, and have cast the 5th vote, the question is now open.

  • Thanks for the explanation! Now I'm just hoping someone can answer the question... :) Commented May 1, 2014 at 6:47

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