This is rather difficult to describe with fancy pictures with red circles but it's easily reproducible.

Whenever I click Leave Closed in the re-open queue on MSO the "nominate this question for re-opening" pop-up appears. I normally press escape out of shock and a leave closed vote is recorded.

This is the latest review it's happened to me on: https://meta.stackoverflow.com/review/reopen/15029

You can also test it on https://meta.stackoverflow.com/review/reopen/15043, I clicked reopen this time and a leave closed vote was recorded but I also got a red popup stating that an error had occurred.

This is also occurring when the Edit & Reopen button is clicked, the edit box opens for a second before being overridden by the popup.

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    Whoah! That is indeed shocking. Reproduced the error with that exact same queue entry. Commented Jun 16, 2013 at 10:21
  • I just thought I'd misclicked earlier, glad to know I'm not going crazy
    – Rory
    Commented Jun 16, 2013 at 12:31
  • It took this happening a couple of times before I believed that I wasn't going crazy an mis-clicking everywhere @rory :-). Commented Jun 16, 2013 at 22:12
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    This is still ongoing today
    – Rory
    Commented Jun 19, 2013 at 9:17
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    Repro'ed on Mac Chrome.
    – Undo
    Commented Jun 25, 2013 at 21:52
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    I just got it on SO using firefox. Tried only with Cancel.
    – Balog Pal
    Commented Jun 26, 2013 at 10:14
  • And on SO with Safari just now - which button do I press to leave closed?
    – mmmmmm
    Commented Jun 26, 2013 at 11:29
  • This happens to me every time. I click Cancel if I want to leave it closed but I don't know what that does! Commented Jun 26, 2013 at 13:36
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    Related: meta.stackexchange.com/q/186099/205264
    – Keelan
    Commented Jun 26, 2013 at 16:59
  • Just posted this on Mathematics Meta: here.
    – Lord_Farin
    Commented Jun 26, 2013 at 17:39
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    Just posted this on Workplace.SE: meta.workplace.stackexchange.com/questions/1908/…
    – Jim G.
    Commented Jun 26, 2013 at 17:54
  • Also on AskDifferent on reopening it gave me the dialog twice
    – mmmmmm
    Commented Jun 26, 2013 at 22:59
  • Clicking "Cancel" votes to reopen as well. Commented Jun 26, 2013 at 23:16

6 Answers 6


Oops, this was caused by a javascript copy-paste gone awry. It's fixed now – sorry about that.

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    a worry is that this was reported 10 days ago but needed a bounty to get a response from a developer
    – mmmmmm
    Commented Jun 27, 2013 at 8:53
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    @Mark - It wasn't the bounty that did it.
    – Oded
    Commented Jun 27, 2013 at 9:04

Experienced this on a non-mSO site today, so not fixed. The extra popup is shocking because it asks the direct OPPOSITE of what I pressed.

I press "Leave closed", the popup asks "Nominate this question for re-opening?". Please, pretty please don't shock us like that.

Thus, I suggest either getting rid of this confirmation popup, or re-wording it to avoid astonishment ("Man, WTF! Have I pressed the wrong button?").

This is a UX misfeature on par with the infamous: "Cancel this operation? Cancel (to proceed) OK (to cancel)".


Question and other answer cover it but barely (due to lack of images), here's the prerequisite hand drawn circle from SO:enter image description here

  • And you actually get to vote on reopening(+1) if you do that :S
    – user210841
    Commented Jun 25, 2013 at 23:30

I started getting this today systematically on all Reopen Keep Closed votes. Reproduces on Chrome on both OSX and Win7.

In addition, clicking Reopen will prompt the "Nominate this question for reopening?" dialog twice. When clicking ok on the second dialog, there's the error message "You have already voted" (or something similar), the Reopen vote itself is recorded properly.


I just clicked "Edit and Reopen" and the item went away having apparently recorded my Reopen. I used my history to go find the question and edit it.

At this rate, I don't think reiew results are going to be very meaningful. We are casting votes we didn't mean to cast... maybe,


This is happening on ServerFault today, clearly related to the new close vote reasons.

Review bug: I pick "leave closed" and it pops up "Nominate for re-opening?"

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