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Related: How can we close questions with bounties?
Related #2: Allow users to vote to close bountied questions

I just noticed that I am now able to click on vote to close on a bountied question!

Has the system changed?

If so, then what are the new rules?

It still says that I can't vote due to the bounty, but I don't remember the close link being there before when a bounty existed.

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Please link to the question you're seeing this on. – Pops Aug 10 '12 at 18:39
    
@PopularDemand one such example: stackoverflow.com/q/11794554/561731 – amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Aug 10 '12 at 18:40
    
@jadarnel27 read the OP. – amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Aug 10 '12 at 18:42
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@aman Your title confuses people. It makes them believe you believe one can vote to close a bountied question. (And I don't remember not having a "close" link on bountied questions.) – Daniel Fischer Aug 10 '12 at 18:44
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So the real question is "Is the 'close' link on questions with active bounties new?" – Pops Aug 10 '12 at 18:53
    
@PopularDemand I guess...? – amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Aug 10 '12 at 18:53
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You can click on close, but when you actually select a reason you get the "This question has an open bounty and cannot be closed" message.

There've been requests to change the UI related to this for at least a year. The best would probably be to leave the close link (so it's not mysteriously missing), but give the message immediately instead of after a reason's selected.

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Yes... I know that -- read the OP.... The close button did not used to be there when a question was bountied.... – amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Aug 10 '12 at 18:41
    
The system should just hide the close link - save both the user the time and the server some (small) load. – nhahtdh Aug 10 '12 at 18:42
    
@amanaPlanaCAnalPAnaMA I'm not sure that's true. I think I saw an old question recently requesting that it be hidden since closing isn't actually an option. – blahdiblah Aug 10 '12 at 18:42
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@nhahtdh: It's more instructive to provide a link and then tell the user why they can't use it, than it is for the link to be mysteriously missing without explanation. – Robert Harvey Aug 10 '12 at 18:43
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@RobertHarvey: What you said about mysteriously missing link makes sense, but I think it is better to display the orange box right away rather than displaying the close reason. – nhahtdh Aug 10 '12 at 18:44
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@RobertHarvey we do do the mysteriously missing edit link for when a person can't edit atm. why not for the close link as well? – amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Aug 10 '12 at 18:45
    
Everyone can suggest edits. Is the link called something else like "improve" for suggested editors? – Robert Harvey Aug 10 '12 at 18:47
    
@RobertHarvey when there is an edit in the queue and you do not have edit privs yet, the edit link did not used to show. – amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Aug 10 '12 at 18:51
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@aman Which confused the heck out of people, and if I recall correctly, that has been changed and the link is now just greyed out or something. I think hovering gets you a popup telling you why you can't suggest an edit at the moment. – Daniel Fischer Aug 10 '12 at 19:00
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@DanielFischer Indeed. – Tim Stone Aug 10 '12 at 19:01
    
@TimStone indeed? – amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Aug 13 '12 at 12:52

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