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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. :( Aug 13 '13 at 14:28
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    @ShaWizDowArd well we should be able to... I am editing my post.
    – Naftali
    Aug 13 '13 at 14:28
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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.
    – Naftali
    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
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    retracting delete votes makes more sense, however. Aug 13 '13 at 14:51
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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. 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. 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? Feb 18 '15 at 7:19
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    Ask Ubuntu has also listed a lot of good reasons for being able to retract a reopen vote. Apr 23 '18 at 4:36
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    I see no status-whatever in this post... how did this end up?
    – DarkCygnus
    Sep 5 '18 at 23:16
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    @Catija how is this status-completed? I just checked at the site where I am over 10K and UI does not let me retract delete vote
    – gnat
    Aug 3 at 17:31
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    @gnat I don't really have an easy way to mark a question that has two completely separate requests as only partially completed. To some extent, this should have been two separate requests.
    – Catija StaffMod
    Aug 3 at 17:36
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    @Catija yeah, it should've been... Kudos for adding both tags to signify that some work is yet to be done :) Aug 3 at 17:57
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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 StaffMod
    Aug 25 '16 at 19:25
  • @animuson Interesting. I will address that later 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 StaffMod
    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 StaffMod
    Aug 19 '17 at 15:12
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    @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 StaffMod
    Aug 19 '17 at 15:20
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    @animuson Today, there is a custom dialog for casting reopen votes, which invalidates most of your arguments. Can this be reconsidered? May 5 '20 at 5:34
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This is now for reopen votes only per this Meta Stack Overflow announcement:

This has been implemented.

This reuses the same backend code and logic as for retracting close votes, so the behavior should be exactly the same.

It is not, however, implemented for delete votes.

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  • We are looking into retracting delete votes and will comment on this answer as soon as we have shipped a fix.
    – Anita Taylor StaffMod
    Aug 4 at 22:33
  • @AnitaTaylor Any update on the ability to retract delete votes? 7 hours ago
  • @ughStackExchange Good news, we actually worked on this last sprint and expect to release something within the next two weeks. Stay tuned for more details from the developer who worked on this.
    – Anita Taylor StaffMod
    59 mins ago
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Based on our current roadmap, we don't have immediate plans to work on this request, but we definitely think it has merit. We'll revisit it at a later date and provide more details here when it has been prioritized and/or completed.

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I'd like to start by apologizing for not getting to this sooner! Although we added the ability to retract Close/Reopen votes, Delete/Undelete votes operate very differently within our Data Model. TL/DR: we consider Close/Reopen as flags, while we register Delete/Undelete as actual votes in the database. Implementing this feature required refactoring on our end to actually support the concept of a vote being removed (and doing so only once, did you see that we published that feature as well?).

We're now ready to publish this feature, with a small caveat: we have some performance concerns as more data is now required when a question is loaded to allow folks to retract their vote. To mitigate our concern, we will be rolling this feature out later today to MSO and MSE, and if everything looks ok, we will be enabling it network-wide later this week.

Thanks for being so involved in our community! I'd like to humbly ask folks to let us know if anything feels out of the ordinary in the Questions page or the Retract Delete/Undelete feature in MSO and MSE.

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