This is probably very obvious, but if you vote to close a question which is subsequently edited to improve it (say to clarify how it's different from another one), how do you cancel your vote?

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The tag for Can we have the ability to rescind a close vote before it closes? was... rescinded. It was updated to on June 10, 2013 and subsequently implemented on July 21, 2013, turning it into .

Users are now able to "undo" their close-votes in a similar way that one can retract/modify your regular vote to a post. A visual display of close-vote retraction resembles:

Undo close-vote

The display clearly states that "you have already voted to close this question", with the option to "retract [the] close vote". Once retracted, voting-to-close on that specific is closed to you with a display that summarizes your voting history:

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In the light of Stefan's answer, we should have the convention that if you would rescind your vote-to-close then you should leave a comment to the effect saying "I voted to close on an earlier version of this question, I now consider it worth keeping.". We could have the convention that someone else who still thought it worth closing then left a comment saying "I'm taking over X's vote to close.".

On MO, on any question where there's some disagreement, or something a little out of the ordinary, we start a discussion on meta so that people can make their case.

  • Seems like a reasonable community-driven work-around
    – Joseph Wright Mod
    Aug 15, 2010 at 18:11
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    @Joseph Wright: Yes, I think that we shouldn't expect the software to do everything! Aug 16, 2010 at 9:31

This has been discussed at meta.stackoverflow.com: Can we have the ability to rescind a close vote before it closes?

It's been tagged status-declined.

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    Oh: that seems rather unhelpful. Thanks for the info!
    – Joseph Wright Mod
    Aug 15, 2010 at 14:38
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    @joseph note that close votes automatically expire after 2 days anyway. Most votes that attempt to reach a threshold, expire, so that they don't build up over an absurd (say, 10 year) period of time Aug 16, 2010 at 9:20
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    After almost 2 years, this has been reversed...
    – Werner Mod
    Jul 25, 2013 at 7:29

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