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According to this question, reopen-votes have an expiry time (4 days) whenever the post has more than 100 viewers. However, another fact is that delete votes never expire, and only 3 such votes are required for deletion. Reopening requires 5 votes however.

So it is far easier for a closed question to be deleted than to be reopened, even after some improvements. Isn't that somewhat unfair?

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Far easier? That would only be the case if a site has the same number of close/re-open voters and delete voters, which obviously can't be. –  Yannis Apr 4 '13 at 10:48
    
Delete votes can only be cast by 15k+ users...there are not thatmany around. –  Time Traveling Bobby Apr 4 '13 at 10:48
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Even un-delete never expires.... –  Lucifer Apr 4 '13 at 10:48
    
Probably because relatively speaking they're so crazy rare, especially on sites other than Stack Overflow, far less things would end up deleted –  Ben Brocka Apr 4 '13 at 11:38
    
hm per my recollection, one of my questions had a delete vote displayed for a while, but month or two (maybe three) later it somehow disappeared –  gnat Apr 4 '13 at 12:18
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@gnat can't be, users can't cast delete vote before question is closed and if moderator cast a delete vote on open question the delete is instant. Most likely what you saw was a close vote which expired after fours days. –  Shadow Wizard Apr 4 '13 at 12:33
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Because there's no sense in fixing what's not broken, but also probably because Jeff thought they did. –  Tim Stone Apr 4 '13 at 14:55
    
@ShaWizDowArd I see. Most likely you're right, my memory could have failed on that old question –  gnat Apr 4 '13 at 18:06

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