I was doing my usual trawl through the Flagged Posts page, and finally got annoyed enough about this 'feature' to raise a question about it. This close vote confirmation/information tooltip is what annoys me:

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The problem: I don't need it.
Why? I really don't care what it has to say.

Let me explain why this feature makes an annoying UX for me
Once I have cast my vote, I move on to the next flagged question. I have a great interest in keeping SO clean and tidy, but I have almost zero interest in the specific question I just voted on. I can also add up to five without any help - if a question already has two close votes, then I cast mine, I know that it will require two more - basic arithmetic, I don't need to be told1. If it collects enough votes to be closed then fantastico!! If it doesn't, then que será, será, so be it2. If someone else added a close vote at the same time as me, I still don't really care.

Now add to that the fact that I am voting on numerous questions. When the tooltip pops up, it obscures part of the title of the next entry, and I have to make an extra click to get rid of it immediately.

Maybe that tooltip is useful the first 5 times you see it, but it certainly isn't when you've seen it for the 1000th time.

I also know of this question and this question, my question talks about the same thing but in a different location. And those questions are 18 months old.

1 If you want to make it interesting, change the base of the number shown. Just to be different, make it base 3.

2 Apologies to any Spanish speakers for this butchering of your language - blame Hollywood.


What is reported in the dialog box is also incorrect: A question can be closed with less users than what is reported, if a moderator votes to close it.
The reported number is the maximum number of users required to close the question, but I don't see the point of reporting that, as the maximum number of users required to close a question doesn't change, and it is already stated in the FAQ.

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    Exactly. I should be getting a tooltip for results or events that are not expected, like Uh oh, you cannot vote because you have no votes left, rather than for things which just worked the way a user would expect them to work. – slugster Oct 6 '11 at 11:11
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    Generally when a moderator closes it isn't considered a "vote". In any case, the UI intentionally ignores moderators all over the place, since it would get a little old to tack on "...except for mods" everywhere – Michael Mrozek Oct 6 '11 at 18:33
  • @MichaelMrozek A moderator's vote is called blinding vote; I would get it still a vote. The point I am trying to make is that the information is misleading, and not necessary. There are cases where the number of votes changes, such as the case of voting for delete a question (if I remember correctly), but in this case, the number of votes is always the same (if a moderator doesn't vote to close). – kiamlaluno Oct 6 '11 at 18:38

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