This is a request to reopen the question 'Origin of the phrase "Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane"?'. There were at least 4 reopen votes previously which appear to have expired (?). This appears to have now dwindled to 1.

I consider the question on-topic and useful and the arguments against its validity to be specious.

  • Origin pf phrases/quotes are sometimes considered off-topic. Also, the question was closed as 'not constructive' not 'off-topic'.
    – Mitch
    Commented Oct 29, 2012 at 21:53
  • I think my question was poorly phrased to start out. My addition that "Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane" is part of a standard lingo for NFL scouts helped to make the question more specific and constructive.
    – Zoot
    Commented Oct 31, 2012 at 19:55

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I concur. The stated reason for closing the question was that "We expect answers to be supported by facts, references, or specific expertise, but this question will likely solicit debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion."

In fact, coleopterist provided an answer which was supported by facts and references; and I was (to my surprise) able to support this with further facts and references, which showed his answer was about as close to a certainty as can reasonably be expected.

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    I must be missing something. It already has a fine answer. Is the purpose of re-opening solely to prevent its deletion, or is there some other reason?
    – Andrew Leach Mod
    Commented Oct 29, 2012 at 19:47
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    @AndrewLeach To prevent deletion, but more importantly to remove an undeserved stigma which tells future posters that this sort of question should be avoided. Commented Oct 29, 2012 at 20:10
  • I think that that this phrase could potentially be cited to a particular individual other than Reagan, even though the answer is a really good one. I think the question should stay open in case we do get such a canonical answer. If that answer doesn't come, I'll accept coleopterist's answer.
    – Zoot
    Commented Oct 31, 2012 at 19:57
  • @coleopterist Would you care to edit your answer to incorporate the corroboration I turned up? Or, failing that, would you mind if I did so? Commented Oct 31, 2012 at 21:28

There were at least 4 reopen votes previously which appear to have expired.

Votes to close/re-open a question expire; how quickly they expire depends on many factors, including the number of views the question has. If the number of views is lower than X, then the votes expire slower.

An expiration policy avoids that, for example, and old question that over time collected random votes to close (made by users who didn't read it carefully, or who misunderstood it) is closed. The idea is that if a question needs to be closed, a consensus is reached quickly.

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