Sometimes questions get closed as a duplicate, when they might not be one.

A comment should be left by the close-voter for the user explaining how to get their question re-opened if the duplicate doesn't solve their problem (also asking for the reason why it doesn't solve the problem).

So now, how does one flag their question for re-opening?

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I often find that editing the question for reopening, and mentioning how it's been improved, and posting it on meta with a great explanation on why it deserves be opened helps massively in most places. Assuming enough users with reopen votes are around, it works quite well. I have not seen this in AU yet, so YMMV ;) –  Journeyman Geek Feb 14 '13 at 15:39
    
I agree. Questions can be re-opened quite fast when there is a meta post. And yes, it does happen on AU ;) –  Seth Feb 14 '13 at 17:38
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up vote 8 down vote accepted

To flag your question for re-opening, click on "flag" at the bottom of the question, near the tag area.

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Then in the "Other" section add a message for the moderators. (It's usually better to be descriptive)

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And click "Flag Question".

If you have at least 5 reputation you can also ask a question here on meta, asking for your question to be re-opened.

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@EliahKagan Yeah, I decided it would have been better to say something more descriptive, but my sock had already been killed, so no new screenshot. –  Seth Feb 11 '13 at 19:24
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@EliahKagan flagging does not require 15 rep. You can flag your own posts if you have a verified email. I tested this behavior a few minutes before Seth did his thing. –  jrg Feb 11 '13 at 19:46
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