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What is a “closed” question?

It appears that I can only vote to re-open a question once during its lifetime. Is this true?

I noticed this because I voted to re-open a question. Nothing happened and the vote expired, however a few weeks later I noticed another user voting to re-open the same question. I tried adding my vote, however it told me I had already voted to re-open the question so wouldn't let me add my vote.

Is it true that I only get one re-open vote per question?

  • That's right: • You can only vote to close once per question; • You can only vote to reopen once per question
    – Jeremy
    Mar 1, 2012 at 14:26
  • @JeremyBanks Thanks, I didn't think to check the "closed question FAQ" to find out the number of re-open votes allowed. If you post it as an answer I'll accept it.
    – Rachel
    Mar 1, 2012 at 14:29
  • @JeremyBanks Also, do you know if editing the question resets the re-open vote count, or resets the number of times you're allowed to vote to re-open?
    – Rachel
    Mar 1, 2012 at 14:31
  • see also Please re-allow expired close votes to be re-cast
    – AakashM
    Mar 1, 2012 at 14:32
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    @Rachel Editing resets nothing. Reopen permissions and mechanics are also 100% linked and matched with close permissions and mechanics - as such, for your future research, always check how it works with closures. You'll find the answer for reopening to be generally identical. ♪
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Mar 1, 2012 at 14:33
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    @Rachel It doesn't, they're never reset. You'd probably need to flag a mod at that point.
    – Jeremy
    Mar 1, 2012 at 14:34

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You've guessed correctly. From What is a "closed" or “on hold” question?:

What are the limits for 3,000+ rep users?

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  • You can only vote to close once per question
  • You can only vote to reopen once per question


You cannot vote to re-open a question a 2nd time after it has been edited.

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