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?


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 rescinded.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 '10 at 18:11
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    @Joseph Wright: Yes, I think that we shouldn't expect the software to do everything! Aug 16 '10 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 '10 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 '10 at 9:20
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    After almost 2 years, this has been reversed...
    – Werner Mod
    Jul 25 '13 at 7:29

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