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I am aware of:
IMO not providing an ability to rescind a "Close as Duplicate" vote, after there's discussion about why it isn't a duplicate, creates unnecessary risk of closure by people not paying attention, particularly since there's a giant "may already have an answer" banner at the top.
The solution of "wait until it's closed to re-open it" is silly: it forces ongoing monitoring for an arbitrary time to make sure a non-dupe doesn't get closed then the rigamarole of re-opening it.
Because of the linked MSE question I'll ask for an alternate solution, since it doesn't seem like that's going to be acted on (although I believe it should).
- Can we have a flag to request removal of existing "Close as Duplicate" votes?
- Is that possible on the moderator side w/o going to the DB?
- Or can this already be handled by a custom flag?
To address Bart's comments:
I don't want to go the flag route. It seems like rescinding is a non-starter considering the linked and declined MSE question. Perhaps it was too broad and my specific vote type is less onerous.
If flagging is the option, then IMO it should be restricted to either (a) users who marked it a dupe, and/or (b) "high" rep users, for various values of "high". Or (c), just me.
To address Animuson's comment:
Animuson's solution seems reasonable, and the core already exists in the system. Please do this.
The original question was updated to reflect the new close-as-dupe behavior which makes dupe votes more likely to result in closure as I note above:
Especially with the new Duplicate close changes and the review queues, it's even more important to be able to remove accidental close votes. Now accidental close votes, or ones no longer relevant due to edits, have the ability to place a banner on the question (for dupes) or put the question into a queue for other users to look over. An easy "undo" button could save a bunch of people some time and grief for these accidental/no longer desired close votes.