Bryant made an interesting comment on What is up with all these OGL questions?:

I wish we'd given this one a bit longer -- Netherwerks might have been willing to revise his question, and I think it'd be fair to give him a chance to do so.

What is a fair length of time to allow people to revise a possibly good question before we close it?


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Personally I don't think we should wait at all, since they can fix the question once it's closed. If you leave a bad question open, it will usually draw more answers and views than it deserves.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Not a bad point. I'd be more comfortable with cutting it shorter after we have moderators, since at that point it'll be relatively easy for a fixed question to be re-opened. \$\endgroup\$
    – Bryant
    Sep 4, 2010 at 19:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ +1: A close still lets the OP edit it, and if it's improved, it can be reopened. \$\endgroup\$
    – yhw42
    Sep 4, 2010 at 19:11
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Bryant It'll be nice for closing to. Right now we only have 11 or so users who can even cast a vote. \$\endgroup\$
    – C. Ross
    Sep 5, 2010 at 12:51

My personal guideline is 24 hours, but that's just a gut feeling.


As long as it takes to get 5 people to vote to close it. The faster the better.

If you want to reopen your question, edit it and then bring the matter up on meta.


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