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Editing a question in the Close Votes review has a rather unexpected consequence: the question is immediately removed from the queue. I'm pretty certain that not all people noticed this. See for example this review of an obviously bad question: it received three close votes and then somebody went in an edited a typo in the question title, with the effect of removing the question from the queue (note: that question was improved later).

I think people should be warned about the consequences, with a message like: "Please only edit questions that you think should not be closed after your changes."

For reference:

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Should this be shown only to people editing from the review queue, or to anone that can see close votes and is trying to edit a post? – Dennis Jaheruddin Jan 7 '14 at 17:16
@DennisJaheruddin: Simply editing the post doesn't remove it from the queue, only doing that from the review queue does. – Wladimir Palant Jan 8 '14 at 2:34
up vote 9 down vote accepted

Make it simple and change the button's label to "Edit & Leave Open". That way there's no need for extra popups or reading some descriptions hidden under a "(more)" link, and it will be dead obvious what the action behind the button really is.

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more accurate description of this action would be like "Edit & Abort Review" - because edit does more than just Leave Open vote - it aborts review – gnat Jan 3 '14 at 22:40
@gnat: IMHO you don't need that level of detail (see the post by Shog9 explaining why). It's sufficient to make obvious that this is an action towards leaving the question open. – Wladimir Palant Jan 9 '14 at 15:01

There's already some guidance to this effect in the close review queue itself:

Edit if this question could be improved so that it does not need to be closed

It doesn't explicitly call out the effect that editing will have on the disposition of review item itself, but none of the action descriptions do - in practice, this has been subject to change even when the actions themselves (and the guidance given for them) haven't; the hope is that folks will Do The Right Thing for the post they're reviewing, without worrying about what will happen to it after that.

That said, we're always open to suggestions for improvement - if you think you can improve on the guidance given to reviewers, post your ideas.

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These guidelines are way too much text, you cannot expect everybody to read these properly. I think that the solution by 3ventic is a better one - extremely short and hard to miss. – Wladimir Palant Jan 9 '14 at 15:02

I think this is a good idea, but could be implemented in a bit different way. There could be a new dialog after editing a question in the Close Vote Queue that says something to this effect:

Since you edited this question, do you think it should still be closed?

That way, if a problematic question that isn't off-topic after editing, it can be kicked out of the queue, and if it is still off-topic it can stay in the queue and possibly recieve another close vote from saying yes to this dialog.

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Maybe we can follow that up with a third dialog that just rants at the editor for wasting time on a question they think should be closed. – Shog9 Jan 3 '14 at 18:21
Editing a question without improving it substantially indeed sounds like wasting everybody's time. Either way, your suggestion is what Let me edit a post in the close review, then vote to close it is about and it has been sitting around since March (now it's even declined). Implementing a warning is much simpler and should be less controversial. – Wladimir Palant Jan 3 '14 at 18:28
@9Shogsa-Shogging That's true, but then again, why is the edit button even shown in the CV queue anyway? – hichris123 Jan 3 '14 at 20:14
@WladimirPalant Do you really think people will read that? – hichris123 Jan 3 '14 at 20:14
@hichris123: see my answer here for a fairly detailed explanation. For a short summary, click the "(more)" link in the close review queue. – Shog9 Jan 3 '14 at 20:40
@9Shogsa-Shogging I'm not a 3K user yet, so I can't look at the CV queue guidelines, but I'm just making suggestions on my (limited) experience. – hichris123 Jan 3 '14 at 20:41
See here – Shog9 Jan 3 '14 at 21:03

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