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It seems that now we can retract close votes but we cannot retract reopen votes or delete votes.

I am trying to retract my reopen vote here but it does not allow me to. Can we have that ability?

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    Well, we can't retract delete/undelete votes too. :( – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard Aug 13 '13 at 14:28
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    @ShaWizDowArd well we should be able to... I am editing my post. – amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Aug 13 '13 at 14:28
  • Agreed. Fitting place would be in the profile page, under "votes" tab. – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard Aug 13 '13 at 14:30
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    Whats the use case? – asheeshr Aug 13 '13 at 14:36
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    @AsheeshR same as the use case for retracting a close vote... Accidental, or something was changed. – amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Aug 13 '13 at 14:38
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    If you cast a reopen vote on a question, that was subsequently edited to become "bad" such that it would need to remain closed, wouldn't a simple rollback be beneficial to everybody involved, or atleast for the community if not the OP? – asheeshr Aug 13 '13 at 14:48
  • @amanaPlanaCAnalPAnaMA if something changes, it's usually towards the positive. Why do you want to rollback, or why did you cast a reopen vote? – John Dvorak Aug 13 '13 at 14:50
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    retracting delete votes makes more sense, however. – John Dvorak Aug 13 '13 at 14:51
  • @JanDvorak I casted my reopen to test retraction... Yea... I should have tested on meta... – amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Aug 13 '13 at 15:09
  • Maybe only allow retracting after an edit? Like a notification saying, "A post you voted to close was edited. Please review it" – Cole Johnson Aug 15 '13 at 1:51
  • @ColeJohnson well you are able to retract close votes now. – amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Aug 15 '13 at 16:00
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    I ran into this today too -- I thought better of a reopen vote I had cast and, thinking that I could retract as I can for close votes, tried it. Why did I vote to reopen in the first place? Seemed like a good idea at the time. Why did I change my mind? Further reflection. – Monica Cellio Sep 18 '13 at 21:11
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    @Jamal yes indeed. After we cast Reopen vote we currently can't undo this action, even if did it by mistake. – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard Nov 28 '13 at 21:28
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    If I vote to reopen and a comment made changes my mind, I should be able to retract my vote. I agree. – Cruncher Feb 5 '14 at 14:19
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    Today I cast a reopen vote by accident, as I was working the queues. In the reopen queue, I just clicked the edit button (to improve format), without realising it will cast a reopen vote at once. So I came to this question and was wondering, if there has been any update on the matter? – Martin - マーチン Feb 18 '15 at 7:19
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This would be a good ability to add here.

The removal of the reopen vote should act like removing a close vote: you can remove it only once and cannot be used on said post again. Instead of the pop-up saying that are you sure that you want to reopen the question, the pop-up should say:

Are you sure you want to retract your reopen vote (the reopen vote cannot be cast again)?

It will be a simple yes/no question similar to the one for retracting close votes. It is really annoying that this has not been added for over two years and should be resolved as a 2015 resolution and not a 2016 resolution. To avoid a UX problem as told by @animuson:

This would be very dangerous from a UX perspective. The dialogs would need to look very different so users don't accidentally retract their reopen votes thinking they were casting one because they forgot they already voted. With the confirmation dialog we currently use, it's not possible to modify the appearance, so simply changing the text is a horrible idea. We'd have to actually build our own dialogs for these situations in order to prevent confusion.

We could add bold letters to "close vote" and "reopen vote" like this:

Are you sure you want to retract your reopen vote (the reopen vote cannot be cast again)?

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    This would be very dangerous from a UX perspective. The dialogs would need to look very different so users don't accidentally retract their reopen votes thinking they were casting one because they forgot they already voted. With the confirmation dialog we currently use, it's not possible to modify the appearance, so simply changing the text is a horrible idea. We'd have to actually build our own dialogs for these situations in order to prevent confusion. – animuson Aug 25 '16 at 19:25
  • @animuson Interesting. I will address that later – Anthony Pham Aug 25 '16 at 20:55
  • You can now retract a reopen vote?? @Stijn be patient with these adorable little evildoers. – Bob Stein Jun 4 '17 at 13:24
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    @animuson Can you clarify for us how this would be more dangerous from a UX perspective than the current approach to retracting a close vote? The answer suggested here appears both simple and functional IMHO. There's no question that this would be valuable for a number of reasons – Elder Geek Aug 19 '17 at 14:49
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    @Elder Because reopen/delete votes only use confirmation dialogs, many users become used to clicking the link and just hitting the enter key without reading the box. Simply changing the text in that box isn't clear enough to tell them that they're retracting a vote and not casting one. Given you can't re-cast a reopen vote, that would irritate some users who are used to seeing an error message when they've already voted. – animuson Aug 19 '17 at 14:57
  • @animuson With all due respect, the message that comes up when retracting a close vote seems clear as glass to me. I'm not convinced that a similar message on retracting a reopen vote would be remotely confusing. If I attempt to re-cast a reopen vote I get asked for confirmation and only if I agree to re-cast do I get an error message. Is it really that complicated to re-use some of the close vote retraction code to apply to re-open votes? – Elder Geek Aug 19 '17 at 15:10
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    @Elder Close voting requires selecting an option first, and when the options are disabled it's very obvious that something is different in the process. Simply changing text in a confirm dialog that most people don't read is not obvious at all. – animuson Aug 19 '17 at 15:12
  • @animuson If that's the case than perhaps reopening should also require selecting an option like. A) improved via edit B) Closed improperly ... – Elder Geek Aug 19 '17 at 15:17
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    @Elder Or we can just wait until a dev decides to create a custom dialog for these options that we would have creative control over. The primary problem is that the built-in browser confirm dialog is not cutomizable in any way. If we could e.g. make all the text red when retracting, that might alleviate the problem. Either way, a custom dialog is required to move forward with this request. – animuson Aug 19 '17 at 15:20

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