Per this explanation, reopen votes should expire at a rate of 1 per day after 4 days of no new reopen votes, providing the question has over 100 views.

But I've seen at least two cases now where this has not appeared to happen. A question will get additional reopen votes, and the votes start to expire immediately on the next day.

Two example questions are this one which got its 3rd reopen vote 2 days ago and now has 1, and this one (now deleted) which had the votes start to expire 1 day after it's 4th reopen vote.

In both cases, I was watching to see if they got enough reopen votes and expected to see a 4-day period after the last reopen vote before they started to expire, but saw votes start to expire sooner. I think they started to expire 4 days after the 1st reopen vote, even though they had subsequent reopen votes a few days afterwards, but I can't be positive of that.

Both example questions are for The Workplace, which is a beta site, so I am not sure if this only affects beta sites or not.

Is this a bug? Or did the policy for how votes expire change? Or did I just misunderstand the original explanation of how vote expiring works? Or perhaps I'm just going crazy... I didn't ask about this the first time I saw it happen because I figured I was just remembering things incorrectly, but now it's happened a 2nd time

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    I think re-open votes start expiring immediately after a few "keep closed" votes through /review. – yannis Mar 20 '13 at 12:10
  • there is a chance that amount of views might impact expiration - if memory serves, I once was explained that was the case for close votes. though, if this is the case, I'd consider it a bug: I understand how amount of views expires close votes but doing the same for reopen votes somehow doesn't feel right – gnat Mar 20 '13 at 12:10
  • @gnat Close and reopen votes won't expire if the question has less than 100 views. That's the only view-related thing I know of that affects vote expiration. – Rachel Mar 20 '13 at 12:11
  • @Yannis I'd be interested in finding out if that is indeed the case. Do you know if subsequent reopen votes will put the post back in the Reopen queue after it's been kicked out? – Rachel Mar 20 '13 at 12:13
  • According to this answer, close votes start ageing immediately after three "Do Not Close" review votes. Can't find a reference for the reverse, but I imagine it works the same way. No idea what happens if there are subsequent close / re-open votes. – yannis Mar 20 '13 at 12:14
  • @Yannis That answer specifically states that "if someone visits the question directly and votes to close it, that'll both count toward the 5 votes needed to close it and stall the aging for another four days", so if that is the case than this is indeed a bug. – Rachel Mar 20 '13 at 12:15
  • @Rachel Except if three more people voted through review and restarted the ageing process. – yannis Mar 20 '13 at 12:17
  • hey! "this one" has my reopen vote, I just can't remember if I cast after rev 3 or rev 6 – gnat Mar 20 '13 at 12:19
  • @Yannis I'm not sure I understand what you're suggesting. A new reopen or close vote should stall the aging for 4 days, however in at least 2 cases now I have seen votes start to expire a day after the most recent vote – Rachel Mar 20 '13 at 12:19
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    @gnat It tells me I already voted to reopen the question so I can't vote again, and Chad said in chat that it has his reopen vote, but all 3 of us don't show up in the Reopen vote history the last time it was reopened from being too-localized. Perhaps I can assume the 3 reopen votes it had were from you, me, and Chad? – Rachel Mar 20 '13 at 12:21
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    @Yannis Yes, but per the answer you linked, subsequent votes after it's been kicked out of the queue should "stall the aging for another four days", not continue the aging process where it left off or stop it from resetting upon subsequent votes. – Rachel Mar 20 '13 at 12:34
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    @BenBrocka The first example question got it's first reopen vote quite a few days ago, and I do not think it would have taken a few days for the question to get reviewed. The reopen queue is handled fairly quickly, even on smaller sites. Perhaps getting kicked out of the queue starts the 4-day timer which cannot get reset? – Rachel Mar 20 '13 at 13:46
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    I could swear I've seen reopen votes expire faster than 4 days on workplace in a similar situation but I could be wrong – Ben Brocka Mar 20 '13 at 14:02
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    FYI: Review won't ever hasten aging - it'll just allow it to start happening at all. – Shog9 Mar 20 '13 at 18:23
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    I have seen this problem also, hope @Shog9 and the gang can solve this bug, I hate my reopen votes fading away. – Lance Roberts Mar 20 '13 at 18:37

Alright, two things.

  1. There was a recent bug which chose the latest close/reopen vote on a question that did have old, ageable votes - the developer will be chastised when he returns from his vacation.

  2. The original spec never worked the way it said - once the 100 page view requirement was met, any close/reopen vote older than 4 days was eligible to be aged, starting with the most recent ageable vote.

After the next build, the functionality will behave like the spec says; it will also choose the oldest vote to be aged.

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    since bug affected Workplace, the developer should be slapped – gnat Mar 20 '13 at 22:07

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