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Seems to me that some people are abusing close votes on interesting questions, even if those questions are getting answers from people.

So I would like to know, who has the right to close these questions?

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Unfortunately the OP doesn't have an account on meta so won't get to see these excellent answers. –  ChrisF Aug 26 '09 at 20:40
    
It's this account: stackoverflow.com/users/142178/rebol-tutorial –  Joel Coehoorn Aug 26 '09 at 20:45
    
And this question: stackoverflow.com/questions/1332976/… –  Joel Coehoorn Aug 26 '09 at 20:47
    
Yes, I'm really angry, it was a genuine question, I read all the answers and would like to get more. Someone even complains he was answering the question was closed. –  Rebol Tutorial Aug 26 '09 at 20:54
    
@Rebol - you'll need to contact team@stackoverflow.com to get this question associated with your meta account. –  ChrisF Aug 26 '09 at 21:12

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As others mentioned, any user with 3000 rep can vote to close a question, with 5 votes resulting in a close. Once the question is closed, any user with 3000 rep can vote to re-open the question. 5 votes that direction and it's open again. Users can only vote to open or close a question once, but other than that this can continue indefinitely.

Additionally, moderators can permanently close a question, at their own discretion. Moderators are not repuation based, but rather chosen by a community vote. The permanent close option replaces the normal vote-to-close system for moderators (as a meta-moderator, I can't 'vote' to close a question. I can only close it or leave it alone), and so we are sometimes reluctant to cast that vote without some community push first.

In your case specifically, no moderator was involved in the closing of your question.

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I've often thought that moderator close votes should be reversible by voting. Moderator delete votes should be final. –  nb69307 Aug 26 '09 at 21:52
    
Well, moderators have the option of locking, which can either keep a post open, closed, or deleted by disallowing intervention from ordinary users. It's left up to the mods to determine when and where this is necessary. –  Shogging through the snow Aug 26 '09 at 23:51

Anyone who has at least 3000 reputation can vote to close questions (see: http://stackoverflow.com/faq).

Also, this question will probably be closed/moved as it belongs on meta.

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Anyone who has 3000+ rep can vote to close a question. Once five people to close it's closed, and then people can vote to reopen it (with the samee constraints: 3000+ rep and five voters).

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