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I am sure most users who have voted to close a question have been annoyed by the popup:


Vote to close popup


To an experienced user, this gets annoying (and unnecessary) over time - not to mention redundant, as the number of close votes are shown by the close button anyway (here, as close(3)). These popups are present in other places of the UI as well after certain actions have been performed.

Option Possibilities

  1. An option to disable popups that have already been presented to you. In other words, only popups that you have never seen before will be shown only once.

  2. A "Don't display this message again." checkbox on each popup.

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Is it that annoying? I'll just close the tab and move on. –  slhck Mar 4 '12 at 17:24
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It's not so much annoying as it is unnecessary. –  Evan Mulawski Mar 4 '12 at 17:26
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True. Stack Exchange has a history of not adding configuration options, so good luck with the proposal :) –  slhck Mar 4 '12 at 17:30
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It's not modal, so you don't have to click it. Usually, you just want to go to a different page after voting to close anyway, so just ignore it. –  hammar Mar 4 '12 at 18:10
    
Maybe, it would be better to show that popup N first times, say 5 or 10. –  om-nom-nom Mar 4 '12 at 18:28
    
@hammar: Which could also raise the question: why bother showing the popup (or the click to dismiss link) if you are going to navigate away anyway? –  Evan Mulawski Mar 4 '12 at 18:29
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@EvanMulawski: It serves a purpose in teaching new users how the system works, and how many votes are required to close a question, so I don't think it should be removed completely. –  hammar Mar 4 '12 at 18:32
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@hammar: I didn't suggest it be removed completely, just an option to disable them after they have been displayed at least once, generally or individually. –  Evan Mulawski Mar 4 '12 at 18:34

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I agree wholeheartedly with hammar's comment:

It serves a purpose in teaching new users how the system works, and how many votes are required to close a question, so I don't think it should be removed completely.

Thus, the best solution is to stop showing this pop-up after a user gets to a certain reputation level, when we can reasonably assume that they already know and understand how the system works.

There are already lots of other pop-ups and bells that stop appearing after a certain reputation level, like the prompt to leave a comment when downvoting or the suggestion to share your answer to a question on a social networking service. There's no reason that this can't be implemented similarly. After a user achieves, say, 10k reputation, we would stop showing the pop-up explaining how close voting works.

Then again, I could easily be persuaded that this isn't necessary at all. I cast a lot of close votes and thus see this pop-up a lot, but since I understand how the system works, I just ignore it. I don't bother to close it, since it isn't modal and doesn't interfere with my workflow. In fact, it fades away automatically after a certain period of time, which means I don't have to interact with it at all. slhck echoes these sentiments in a comment:

Is it that annoying? I'll just close the tab and move on.

Precisely.

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Maybe don't use a reputation threshold there, but take into account how often you've voted to close. I know plenty of high-rep users whom I've never seen in the "closed by" message. –  slhck Mar 5 '12 at 10:35

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