Preferred duplicate: How about a "Vote not to close" option to counter the "Vote to close"?

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What exactly happens with the new “Do Not Close”?

EDIT: I'm not talking about a 'Do not close button' in the review queue but a 'Do not close' before someone got the 5 close requests.

Couldn't we drain the close queue (currently around 50K posts in review) by adding a function that would allow to vote for 'don't close' in contrast to the actual one-way-close-only mechanism?

If someone feels annoyed by a question (although it's in accordance with the FAQ) and votes to close, someone else could think this question isn't that dump he has no chance to take countermeasures. The reversal badge has been rewarded 333 times so far and doesn't seem to do a good job in those cases.

The metrics could be 3 more close votes (majority) than don't close votes or vice versa to make it 'eligible' for the queue otherwise the question wonn't qualify for review.

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    Am I missing something here? The close vote queue does have a "Leave open" button for you to click....
    – Bart
    Jan 11, 2013 at 19:53
  • There is already a button for "Leave Open". Jan 11, 2013 at 19:53
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    close votes expire
    – Oded
    Jan 11, 2013 at 19:53
  • can we get a status-completed tag?
    – Servy
    Jan 11, 2013 at 19:55
  • @Bart For the review queue you're right. The thing is only a few people visit the review tool and/or have the expertise to decide about a concrete post.
    – stacker
    Jan 11, 2013 at 20:00
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    Sure. Get me another 1.8K rep on SO, and I'll get right on it. Jan 11, 2013 at 20:03
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    so? What are you getting at? Because that button seems to answer your question... you might want to clarify if it doesn't
    – Bart
    Jan 11, 2013 at 20:03
  • see: What exactly happens with the new "Do not close" button? You seem to be complaining that the close vote review queue is too effective, in which case see the discussion that has already taken place today: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/163416/…
    – jscs
    Jan 11, 2013 at 20:04
  • When you say "Close Queue," are you referring to the review queue named "Close Votes," or just the set of all questions with active close votes?
    – Pops
    Jan 11, 2013 at 20:09
  • @PopularDemand I meant stackoverflow.com/review/close
    – stacker
    Jan 11, 2013 at 20:12
  • In that case, I don't understand your reply to Bart.
    – Pops
    Jan 11, 2013 at 20:14
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    I'm in no hurry to see this queue empty. As long as there's a decent population of questions in it, the filtering options are useful and that gives folks who are inclined to use them a better chance at seeing stuff they're interested in while learning to use it.
    – Shog9
    Jan 11, 2013 at 20:25
  • @PopularDemand My intenion was to limit new arguable questions to be placed in the queue by introducing a dual voting before they get 5 close votes (one way).
    – stacker
    Jan 11, 2013 at 21:21
  • I'm sure if I would read this in my native language I would understand why this should be closed.
    – stacker
    Jan 11, 2013 at 21:23
  • The close votes on this question are for duplicates; voting not to close has been proposed more than once here on Meta. If you mean a "do not close" link on each question, see: How about a "vote not to close" option to counter the "vote to close". Given your comment about deleting your account, you may also be interested in How do I participate in Meta and not die trying?
    – jscs
    Jan 11, 2013 at 21:52

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If you look over a period of time, You'll see that the Close Votes queue slowly but surely decreases in size.

I don't think that we need to include additional mechanisms to drain it faster. you just have to be patient.

If some questions continue receiving votes to Leave Open than those questions will fall off the queue eventually, so they need not be closed to be removed.

  • the impression that If some questions continue receiving votes to Leave Open than those questions will fall off the queue eventually - can anyone confirm that? Jan 11, 2013 at 20:08
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    @AdamRackis That's how "leave open" works - three users hit that on a question and the question is removed from the queue, and the close votes start aging immediately.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Jan 11, 2013 at 20:09
  • @AnnaLear Thanks, I didn't know that votes start aging. Does this only apply to 'leave open' votes or also in immediate close votes where I thing the imbalance comes from.
    – stacker
    Jan 11, 2013 at 20:22
  • @stacker There are some criteria that make close votes age on posts even without /review. I don't recall what it is off-hand, but it's tied to the views a question is getting over some period of time. So in principle, close votes can age away even if a question is never actually reviewed.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Jan 11, 2013 at 20:56
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    I believe close votes never age away before the 100th view, and then they disappear after four days, with the timer resetting whenever another close vote is cast. @AnnaLear EDIT: oh here we go, I was mostly right, see the explanation by Jeff, implemented after this feature request
    – Pops
    Jan 11, 2013 at 21:24

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