I am looking for some user script or web service to receive an alert when a question on StackExchange is reopened. I should be able to bookmark which closed question I am interested in. There is no built-in feature in SE allowing such notification as some don't see the point in it.

  • Isn't this a similar thing? softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/q/2887/1925
    – Mr. Alien
    Commented May 24, 2014 at 17:51
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    A good effort, which can be made better: there already exists more appropriate place for asking this question: Stackapps SE site / tag app-request which is given to Questions about whether [app]s with certain functionality exist. Some members of the community may react to these questions by creating those [app]s, should they not exist.
    – miroxlav
    Commented May 25, 2014 at 23:17
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    @miroxlav A question can be on-topic on two sites without any problem. This might fit on Stack Apps also, but it's on topic here as well. It's the author's choice.
    – user46
    Commented May 26, 2014 at 13:27
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    @Timmy Yes local solution works too. That shouldn't be too hard to code, but I wonder whether some ready-to-use solutions already exist. Commented Oct 25, 2014 at 16:29
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    Along the lines of @Timmy's question: how about a browser add-on that you can use to detect changes in web pages, such as PageMonitor for Chrome, or Update Scanner for Firefox?
    – baitisj
    Commented Aug 31, 2015 at 21:44

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IFTTT (If This Then That) is a website that lets you connect services and websites together. Each StackExchange post has an RSS feed. Use that as an input to your recipe. You'd have to have separate instances for each page you want to follow, but it would work. Your output could be an e-mail.

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    I don't see anything in the RSS feed that could I do care a reopened question clearly enough to be useful for this requirement.
    – Chenmunka
    Commented Jul 3, 2016 at 18:00
  • When it is closed, no changes can be made. When it's re-opened, the updated tag will change, notifying you. It's not about what is in the RSS. You just need a notification telling you it's been re-opened. Commented Jul 3, 2016 at 18:05
  • he could probably also use data.stackexchange.com to create query and then write some app to launch it (via http) and process it. The only thing is that the data there are 20 hours old.
    – Tomas
    Commented May 28, 2018 at 4:47

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