Something just occurred to me as I viewed the comments to this question. Akhil, a fellow moderator, wrote that

I'll be happy to reopen if you edit the question to something more detailed and flag it for moderator attention.

However, the OP, being a completely new user, only has 1 reputation point. And a quick glance at the FAQ indicates that at minimum of 15 rep is required before a user can flag a question for moderator attention.

I am inclined to suggest that, in similar situations in the future (where a question is closed for being poorly presented, but yet still has a chance to be a good question after some editing, and with the OP having fewer than 15 reputation), the comment should instead/also introduce the OP to comment @-replies.

(To make this a question: are there other ways for users to get a moderator's attention?)

  • $\begingroup$ Fair enough. Thanks for pointing this out. (P.S. It would be nice if new users could flag their own questions.) $\endgroup$ – Akhil Mathew Apr 6 '11 at 15:27
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    $\begingroup$ @AkhilMathew: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/86245/… $\endgroup$ – Tobias Kienzler Apr 6 '11 at 15:58
  • $\begingroup$ @Tobias: Dear Tobias, thanks for the link! $\endgroup$ – Akhil Mathew Apr 6 '11 at 22:59

I suggest, if anything, to allow flagging of your own questions without a reputation limit. Just like comments and such.

(Should this answer be a comment on Willie's original question? If so, please convert it or let me know.)

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    $\begingroup$ Very good point - make it a feature request! $\endgroup$ – Hendrik Vogt Apr 6 '11 at 13:34
  • $\begingroup$ @Hendrik: I'm very lazy as it is... I just drop the ball and hope someone will pick it up and play nicely with it. :-) $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Apr 6 '11 at 13:53
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    $\begingroup$ Fine fine fine, here you go, you bum. :-) $\endgroup$ – Willie Wong Apr 6 '11 at 15:59
  • $\begingroup$ @Willie: Bless your heart ;-) $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Apr 6 '11 at 16:30
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    $\begingroup$ I don't think I would support this. I suggest if new users need that level of assistance, they email the address at the bottom of every page. $\endgroup$ – Jeff Atwood Apr 9 '11 at 3:27

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