# List type questions in the re-open queue

The two questions in question are

I was going through the re-open review queue and the first one was the first question linked. I looked at it, understood that it wasn't exactly with the site policy (too broad, etc) but I thought that since there seemed to be a bunch of support for it in both the number of votes (59 on the question, and 32 on the most upvoted answer) and it also seemed like an interesting exception to have, I voted to re-open.

Then, the next question that came up was the second question linked. I read through the comment discussion, and was about to vote to re-open because I thought it was another interesting exception (coincidence that they came up at the same time?) and there was a lot of support in the comments. However, I saw this Meta discussion in the comments and stopped to read it. Since there were conflicting answers with a fairly close number of upvotes, I wanted to know what site policy was before continuing to vote to close (I could've skipped, but I wanted to know in case others came up).

Can I have a official answer on this (or, if there's conflict, or a maybe, an explanation of the boundaries)?

• Weird that this question was downvoted. It's not like it's even taking a definitive stance that can be disagreed with, so I'm not sure what the vote was conveying. – user10851 Aug 4 '16 at 22:53
• If I wasn't so busy I would dig up the many meta.stackoverflow and meta.stackexchange links where this was thrashed out in the early years. $Popularity \ne Topical$. It took years to get a majority on Stack Overflow to come around to that position but they did because it eventually became obvious that "fun" questions can pollute a site dedicated to quality questions and answers. But I will leave you with this: blog.stackoverflow.com/2012/01/the-trouble-with-popularity. – dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten Aug 4 '16 at 23:10
• @dmckee, so is official policy to leave closed those answers? I just read several things where it was like, "Some are okay, some are not" and others where it was like, "Death to all list questions!!" So I didn't know which was right. – heather Aug 4 '16 at 23:11
• Reading the link dmckee provided, I voted to leave the second question closed (sorry about the first question). If anyone disagrees or agrees, please still post an answer. Thanks. – heather Aug 4 '16 at 23:21
• I'll leave it to someone else to point you to whatever policy we have on list questions, but please don't vote to reopen a question because it has a high score! If you think a question is too broad, you should mark it as too broad, regardless of how people are voting on it. As a matter of fact, there seems to be a weak correlation between score and closeworthiness, in the sense that questions which get a very high score are a little more likely than average to be closeable. – David Z Aug 4 '16 at 23:30
• @DavidZ, understood...perhaps I misunderstood the purpose of the re-open queue (don't worry, these are the first two that have come up for me like this). I thought that it was about a. whether or not edits fixed the problem for which they were closed, b. whether or not they should still be closed according to close reasons, and c. whether or not they were an appreciated question (roughly measurable, in my mind, in upvotes) that had answers that were also good (also roughly measurable in upvotes). So I will not think about the third item when voting to leave closed or re-open...my apologies! – heather Aug 4 '16 at 23:35
• @heather Ah, yes. For reopening, you should definitely think about (a) and (b), but not about (c). – David Z Aug 4 '16 at 23:49