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I just ran into this topic in the Reopen Votes queue. The reason for the Reopen Vote showed 'it has been edited', so I looked up what had been changed, and saw that the topicstarter had added a moderation flame at the end ("Shame this topic is closed").

Since the topic itself hadn't been changed I wasn't planning on disagreeing with the democratic close decision, so I just edited the post to undo the vandalism and reject the reopen vote afterwards. Except that my editing was automatically interpreted by the system as a reopen vote, and so it's currently going back to the rounds with my endorsement. Without warning I inadvertently took an action exactly opposed to my intentions.

I probably should've used rollback instead (hopefully that doesn't auto-cast the reopen vote?), but still in this case I think I should've gotten a warning anyway that this was about to happen? Can editors please get a nice popup like with bounties saying "does your edit mean you wish to nominate it for reopening?" or something?

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    I don't think this should be shown to the OP, but I think it should be shown to everyone with >2K rep. – Aza May 13 '13 at 16:39
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    Yeah indeed, OP should be able to improve his post, and for him it automatically means he thinks it should be reopened - but for those of us with full edit privileges it doesn't make sense that cleaning up junk should by definition mean we want it back open on the site. – Niels Keurentjes May 13 '13 at 16:41
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The review in question: https://stackoverflow.com/review/reopen/2104282

When you go to the Reopen Votes queue, there are a few options to choose from:

  • Leave Closed
  • Edit and Reopen
  • Reopen
  • Skip

reopen options

You have chosen "Edit and Reopen", and that's the warning you get before it casts a reopen vote.

Edit and Reopen

To just edit the post without casting a vote, click on "link" to open the question in a new page, press "edit", and choose "Leave Closed" in the original queue.


The system does not cast any reopen votes if you just edit the post in the usual manner.

  • Got me confused now, since I'm pretty sure I did exactly what you described (but admittedly not 100% sure). Are you sure editing doesn't implicitly take the 'Edit and Reopen' course if there is a pending reopen vote on it? – Niels Keurentjes May 13 '13 at 16:48
  • @Niels Your review action is logged as "Edit and Reopen". If you had opened the question in a new page/tab and clicked the normal edit link, there wouldn't have been a review action recorded at all. – yannis May 13 '13 at 16:52
  • Well I'm completely open to a mistake on my side causing the confusion, but then this topic illustrates all the more that a) people should be able to revoke close/reopen votes and b) the review interface needs the non-voting edit button in place. Forcing us to open new tabs does invite making mistakes and clicking wrong buttons. – Niels Keurentjes May 13 '13 at 16:56

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