When a post comes up for reopen review, for instance, after a post-close edit, it is possible for reviewers to be asked to judge their own close votes. For example, in this review (which I guess not many can see)


on this tex.sx question:

How to export high quality charts from excel to import in latex

two of the reviewers were among the close voters.

I'm not sure what I think about this. Is there a conflict of interest here, or is it good to have this kind of continued input in the review process?

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    Actually, I can see that review and the names attached to the actions, and I'm not even logged in there. Mar 8, 2013 at 11:43

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See also: Should a question that I voted to close, appear in my "Reopen" queue if it has not been edited?

The only time you see a post that you've closed in the reopening queue is when an edit has been made.

Keeping that in mind, I see no issue here. Closing is meant to be temporary. When you VTC a salvageable post, you're saying "fix it, we'll reopen it". Which means that there's no issue with having the close-voters reviewing the same post. In fact, this is desirable, since you are better acquainted with the question.

  • Thanks, I missed that qn. So this is by design. Mar 8, 2013 at 10:55
  • @CharlesStewart: yep Mar 8, 2013 at 10:57
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    @Charles Definitely; I just voted to reopen a question I had voted to close, myself. Do it occasionally. (And with pleasure!) Mar 8, 2013 at 11:06
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    @AndrewBarber: With pleasure? tsk you'll find it hard to gain acceptance amongst us mods if/when you get elected if you reopen stuff with pleasure. You've got to take pleasure in closing ALL THE QUESTIONS(.jpg). Everyone knows that. :P Mar 8, 2013 at 11:10
  • Hehe... busted! October surprise? Mar 8, 2013 at 11:16
  • Errr, for those not aware, October Surprise refers to a big, election-altering story coming out just before an election. (US elections are held early November) Mar 8, 2013 at 12:50
  • @AndrewBarber: Yeah, I know :) Mar 8, 2013 at 13:50

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