Today while reviewing close questions, I closed a question(where I was the last person to review) but it was not updated in the sticky bar saying "This item is no longer reviewable" whereas it was updated in below bar stating "put on hold as off-topic by...."

Even after refresh, it was not showing. I even tried as an anonymous user, still it is not getting updated.

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Here you can see happened in most of closed questions.

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    Are you sure you closed it from the review screen? Perhaps you opened the question in a new tab and voted to close from there? I've done this many times myself...
    – animuson StaffMod
    Nov 24, 2013 at 6:39
  • @animuson I think so. Now a same thing happened it was working correctly. Let me check it and let you know.
    – Praveen
    Nov 24, 2013 at 6:44
  • @animuson You're right. May I know why it is not getting updated? Is it by design?
    – Praveen
    Nov 24, 2013 at 6:45
  • Only actions taken directly from the review screen count towards the review. If you do something outside of that screen, it doesn't get recorded for review.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Nov 24, 2013 at 6:47
  • @animuson But in below bar stating "put on hold as off-topic by...." it is showing my name.
    – Praveen
    Nov 24, 2013 at 6:48
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    Because you voted to close. You can go vote to close on any question, but if you don't do it directly on the review page, it won't count as a review.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Nov 24, 2013 at 6:49
  • @animuson I got it. Similarly when I closed a question directly then I came to "close review" tab, I tried to close it showed me a message "already closed...". Then just to test, I clicked "Leave open" it got processed. Is this a valid behavior?
    – Praveen
    Nov 24, 2013 at 6:56
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    @animuson so... status-bydesign? :) Nov 24, 2013 at 8:05

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Number one thing to keep in mind: if you don't see the /review in the URL on the page you're currently on, your action is not going to count towards review. I often catch myself opening the question in a new tab to investigate further, forgetting that I had originally stumbled upon this in the review queue, and taking action on the post itself rather than on the review item. You'll still be listed as a user who voted to close, because you did vote to close, but you didn't review.

As for your comment about casting a Leave Open vote: That is an alteration of an older bug where users can continue to submit actions to a review item for an infinite length of time after review had already completed. It was fixed for a short time, but the fix was retracted. Obviously you can't submit a Close vote since the post is already closed, but that doesn't prevent you from submitting some other action which is not validated at all.

  • Thanks for the clarification :)
    – Praveen
    Nov 25, 2013 at 4:43

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