Moderator aeismail cast one of two reopen votes for the following question:
In my view, this question has several problems:
- It deals with an undergraduate problem which cannot be generalized to graduate students,
- Any answers related to increasing OP's likelihood of success strongly depends on institutional policies, and
- A really interesting take suggested by RoboKaren here: the question is a "boat-programming" question.
It is interesting that moderator aeismail cast one of only two reopen votes, when he clearly explains his view on such matters here. In the linked meta question, aeismail states:
Stack Exchange sites are community-driven. Therefore, as much as possible, the moderators try to leave decisions to the general community. We will act unilaterally in clear-cut cases (abusive or spam posts, duplicates, completely off-topic questions such as programming questions, and so on). Otherwise, we prefer to wait until there's a consensus.
In this particular instance, the close votes were entirely from regular users; the moderators played no role in closing the question. Personally, I agree that the question you've cited should be reopened, and would support a reopening "campaign"; I've indicated this in the comments section. However, as I also pointed out above, the moderators here prefer to work from a consensus standpoint, so I'd rather if several users voted to reopen instead of acting unilaterally.
I agree with what aeismail wrote in his answer above. But, unfortunately, that is clearly not what happened in the case of the "undergraduate-trying-to-get-out-of-a-humanities-requirement" question.
I like to assume that there are good reasons for things which happen on Academia SE, and that I've probably missed something.
Can someone explain why aesimail's actions on this question are good for this community-driven site?
Edited to add:
It seems that I've misjudged the value that the community places on the "undergraduate" question that started this thread. As of this writing, there have been only 3 close votes recast (not to mention several additional upvotes). I'm not going to stand in the way of this question: I have retracted my close vote.
Hats off to aeismail for seeing the value in the question that I did not.