I see that many questions are quickly closed on questionable reasons. In some case for just pure mistakes (e.g. marked as duplicate of a different unrelated question).

Shouldn't bad closing be penalized like asking bad questions or giving bad answers is?

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    What about good closures which get reversed because the question has been significantly improved? (i.e. the system worked) – Bart Feb 13 '13 at 8:53
  • @bart: removing the voting for closing should also remove the penalty (like when you delete a bad question or a bad answer). Apparently my brain is not enough "meta" for this kind of discussion given that this question itself is considered terrible (I would have expected just a "no" reply instead). I'm going to delete it... sorry for asking. – 6502 Feb 13 '13 at 9:02
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    Until they implement this, we would be punishing a lot of people for simple mistakes. – Lance Roberts Feb 13 '13 at 9:04
  • 1) You can't delete it. There's an upvoted answer. 2) you might want to read the FAQ meta.stackoverflow.com/faq#vote-differences – Bart Feb 13 '13 at 9:05
  • for close votes submitted via review system, there should be (not yet there yet afaik) a protection from review-abuse, that is, review-audits to catch the mindless robo-clickers (eg I can easily imagine a provably fake duplicate as such a review item). Serial abusers of close votes review should be penalized with review-suspension, just like other review abusers are – gnat Feb 13 '13 at 9:41
  • This has been suggested before, though I can't find it just now. Perhaps I'll try looking at the most downvoted posts on meta... – dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten Feb 14 '13 at 0:54


Bad closures happen, there's no denying that. But good closures also happen, and we don't award close voters with reputation when they get it right. Penalizing them when they get it wrong would be extreme (and it feels a bit vindictive).

Just vote to re-open and move on.

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    That makes a lot of sense :-) ... good closures are the vast majority – 6502 Feb 13 '13 at 8:54
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    I heartily endorse your suggestion that I get reputation for my good close votes. – Wooble Feb 13 '13 at 17:28

Ignoring the subjective side of the question for a moment, it would also be impossible to implement technically. One cannot determine the closure was wrong any easier that one can determine the re-opening was correct.


Since users don't get any reputation gain when they close to vote a question, I would say no.

If you were talking of avoiding that a user who keeps to vote to close questions that are then re-opened votes to close further questions, that would make more sense, but it is not something I would see implemented.
There are questions that are rightly closed, and then re-opened because the OP put it in shape (and acceptable for the site where it has been asked); in such cases, who votes to close should not get any penalty. (This is a reason more, since there isn't any gain for the users who votes to close.) Then, when a question is closed, there are 5 users who voted to close (apart when a moderator casts a close-vote); the responsibility for closing a question is not of a single user, but of five users.

In the other cases where users get any penalty, whatever that means not being able to suggest further edits, ask further questions, or answer further questions, the penalty is for an act done from a single user. I would not be able to ask further questions if my questions (the ones I wrote) are down-voted, closed, or deleted.

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