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How can I understand why an edit does not get accepted and a question does not get re-opened?

A few weeks ago I had edited the closed question Is it “re-offend” or “reoffend”? in order to make it a better fit for being kept open.(*) My edit ended up in the peer-review queue. However I never saw my change accepted.

So now I want to know why my edit was not accepted and subsequently why the question was not e-opened.

How can I find out?


(*) Because I think the question is very valid and the answers not just opinion-based - far from it: the answers show research with proper citations/links.

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To find what happened to your suggested edits, go to the profile page on the site where you made the suggestion (Main ELU in this case: https://english.stackexchange.com/users/9579). The options available change with reputation level and privileges earned, but there should be enough here for you to navigate around the page.

Click Activity in the top line of the profile page:

Screenshot of Activity tab header

...then All actions and Suggestions a little further down the page.

Screenshot of Suggestions tab header

Which will show what's happened to your suggestions, like these for example [these aren't yours]:

Screenshot of suggested edits

You can click on the words "approved edit" and "rejected edit" to see the result and how reviewers reacted to your suggestion.

In the case of a rejected edit you should find the reason.

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I will answer the question, "Why was the question not reopened?"

  1. If you want to get a question reopened, you can edit the question body, which will automatically make it appear in the reopen votes queue if it is edited within 5 days of closure. For more information on reopen review queue, read How to get a question to reopen review queue?

  2. Since the question was closed longer than 5 days ago, you should post a Meta question to ask users to vote to reopen a closed question.

However, there have been many questions asking about the prefixes such as re and pre and whether a hyphen is needed after them such as

Hyphens in verb construction containing prefix such as "re"

adding a prefix "re" to a word, with or without a hyphen?

Hyphen for re when doing again

Hyphenation in pre[-]determined

I am not sure why it was not closed as duplicate. I would have voted to close it as duplicate, but views of others might differ from my own.

  • It only automatically enters the reopen queue if the original poster edits it or if the closing is not longer ago than five days. – Helmar Nov 10 '16 at 12:51
  • @Helmar I didn't notice the question was asked that long ago when I wrote this answer. I edited it more thoroughly. Thanks. – user140086 Nov 10 '16 at 13:34

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