There was a question I answered put on hold as having "too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this format". I understand the reasoning behind that sort of hold in general, however I don't understand why it was applied in this circumstance. It's quite evident from some of the parts of the question that the questioner didn't understand the system he was asking about, but that can't be uncommon here. I understood what he was asking, and it seems the person asking the question thought my answer was clear. So, in this case, is there any recourse? Can the hold be removed, and if so, how?

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    Well let's start with a link to the question ;)
    – Seth
    Dec 25, 2016 at 22:23
  • @Seth How does the linux kernel deal with drivers? I think?
    – Zanna Mod
    Dec 25, 2016 at 22:29
  • Yes, Zanna was correct, that was the question that sparked mine. Dec 25, 2016 at 23:19
  • voted to reopen question and upvoted answer...
    – Fabby
    Dec 29, 2016 at 15:00

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Questions are placed "on hold" when the community (or a moderator) have decided that the question is not a good fit for the site. If a question remains on hold long enough, it will be marked as "closed."

A hold (or closure) can be removed when the community (or a moderator) decide that the question suits the site's criteria. Typically, this is after the question's original poster has edited the question to bring it back into like with what we want on this site.

So, the easiest way to un-hold or reopen a question would be to simply edit the question to fit the site criteria. The community will take it from there.

Note that it's also possible to "appeal" a hold in Chat or in Meta, which will either result in the question being re-opened or you getting a better explanation about why it was closed in the first place.

If you want more information about the closing process, please look at What does it mean if a question is "closed" or "on hold"? in our Help Center.

  • Might be useful to add that both closing and reopening needs (unless if done by a moderator or gold-tag-badge-hammer owner) 5 votes from community members with at least 3k reputation. Therefore the process may take up to several days until enough close or especially reopen votes are gathered sometimes.
    – Byte Commander Mod
    Dec 25, 2016 at 22:33

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