If a question gets votes to close but no answer or comment stating the reason for the vote, the OP has no way of knowing if editing would solve the problem.

Show to the asker the reasons (but not who voted) given for a vote to close so they can attempt to correct the problem without having to resort to begging for a reopen or reposting an edited version and risk being called a duplicate.


The OP of a question shouldn't have to cast a vote to close his question just to see how many close votes it got and why. There ought to be another way for the OP to get that info.


There's one specific close reason where i think this would be very, very useful:

Show possible duplicates in the main post before it’s closed

Right now, i see an awful lot of duplicates left un-closed, prompting duplicate answers / bifurcated answer sets... and i wonder if it isn't that they're just not visible enough to those who could be closing them.


Usually if nobody comments on how to fix it, it's FUBAR.

But, I think showing the vote totals would be beneficial to the OP. Or it may make them feel unloved when they see the amount of stuff that has at least one close vote. Either way, it's a win, and I'm for this.


This is already implemeted, if you click on close you see what other people voted

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    But can you view this if you have less than 3k rep? The proposal is to allow you to do so on your own questions. – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Jul 30 '09 at 16:32
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    You already can, I tested on a question of mine here and I don't have 3000 rep – juan Jul 30 '09 at 16:33
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    How is a new user (the type of users most lickly to have their question closes) ment to know about this? – Ian Ringrose Jul 30 '09 at 16:42
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    As a user, I'm not going to click on close because that means I want to close my own question. 'Close' means "Please close this question" , not "Let me see details about the close vote and possibly vote to close it". How is a user supposed to know that function exists? – Kelly S. French Jul 30 '09 at 17:18
  • @Juan: I'll take your word for it, then. +1 – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Jul 30 '09 at 17:24

If you click on the close link, it shows you how many votes each current option has.

However, I'm not sure that you can tell what's going on if you don't have enough rep to vote to close yourself...

  • If it's your question you can – juan Jul 30 '09 at 16:32
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    @Juan: Only > 250 rep. – Eric Jul 30 '09 at 16:33
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    Jon Skeet spends so little time under 3k rep that he has forgot what it's like to be mortal. – TheTXI Jul 30 '09 at 17:17
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    I think Jeff should made a small change for new sites in the trilogy, whereby Skeet gets a -1000 point bonus for associating his account, just to make things more sporting. – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Jul 30 '09 at 17:25

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