I got dinged for my disinclination to vote to reopen on https://stackoverflow.com/review/reopen/1470791.

Now, my policy is simple. If five people voted to close something, I don't second-guess them. If the question has not been edited, I don't vote to reopen it.

I object to being told off in this case.

I don't claim that no one should ever second-guess a close vote, but I don't see why I should have to.

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    Wow that is a really low quality question. How the fluff did that become an audit?! – Doorknob Feb 7 '13 at 2:23
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    Bah, I would have failed that one too. Nothing in it says "reopen-worthy" to me. – Bart Feb 7 '13 at 2:24
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    It's not a very good question, but I also don't see why it warrants being closed. I'd probably have opened it in a new tab so that I could downvote the question, which would have "spoiled" the audit, but I've done the same on non-audit questions before. I've failed one or two reopen audits, though, and in both cases I voted to close the question afterwards... in general, the reopen audits seem to be less clear-cut than other queues. – McCannot Feb 7 '13 at 17:24
  • I just experienced the very same thing. And not the fist time either. The reopen audits should be improved much :( – Balog Pal Jun 27 '13 at 1:30

We suspected that the Reopen Queue audits would be the most difficult – and they are, judging by the failure rates. So, right now, Reopen audit failures don't contribute to automatic review bans, since we're still monitoring it.

That said, the entire point of the Reopen Queue is to second-guess close votes.

Now, my policy is simple. If five people voted to close something, I don't second-guess them.

If that's your policy, then the Reopen Queue probably isn't for you.

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    Well, I thought that I could participate in the queue by looking for edited questions and judging the edits. I can rethink my point of view or I can click 'skip' as needed. – Rosinante Feb 8 '13 at 22:39
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    Even if the question has been edited, @Rosinante, you should be asking yourself "should this be closed in its current state" not "did the user put in honest effort". In both the close and re-open queues, strive to evaluate each question on its merits - not on the actions of others. – Shog9 Feb 8 '13 at 22:43
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    @Shog9 "Judging the edits" was meant to imply "Judging the net result question from the edits." Sorry to be unclear. – Rosinante Feb 8 '13 at 23:02
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    So just judge the net result in all cases, @Ros. If you don't feel comfortable doing that for a particular topic, skip. – Shog9 Feb 8 '13 at 23:33
  • @Shog9 yes, precisely, point taken. – Rosinante Feb 8 '13 at 23:34
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    For me to consider reopening a question on sites where I moderate it has to have been modified, unless it has 3 or 4 reopen votes already. As this stands I'm going to fail a lot of these reviews. – ChrisF Feb 12 '13 at 21:09
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    I violently disagree. An ancient question that was closed by 5 people and got no activity ever since shall not be reopened now even if everyone and the pussycat messed up back then. I expect at least one champion to drive the reopen movement and provide a hint why. By editing the text or leave a comment. – Balog Pal Jun 27 '13 at 1:36

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