Fairly often we get a kernel of what could be an interesting, on topic question buried in a not so great post. And fairly often the OP disappears after posting without editing or responding to comments asking for clarification.
Needless to say we end up with more than a few dead closed questions that at their core were asking about something worthwhile.
The first option that comes to mind to perform salvage operations are radical edits, but these tend to be a little tricky around here, because you run the risk of putting words in someone's mouth. Inferring what their goal is can be particularly troublesome.
What I would like to start doing with some of these interesting, yet abandoned, questions is to borrow the interesting kernel and use it to create a self answered question.
This has the advantage of avoiding the problems associated with radical edits, while preserving some of the interesting topics that come to us in poor questions. It could also end up being something of a teaching tool if we took it a step further and cross-linked the previous closed questions with their salvaged counterparts...
Figured it would be a good idea to toss this out to meta before I just started doing it, so what do you folks think? Good idea, bad idea, am I missing anything else that should be considered on this topic?