I voted to close detect the class of a property with name in objective-c (as "unclear what you're asking") but I'm fairly certain that I retracted that vote after the OP's clarifying edit. However, the question was still closed as a duplicate, and I'm listed as one of the five close votes.

I don't necessarily disagree with closing the question as a dupe, and I'm not suggesting that it should be reopened, but I'm concerned that retracting a close vote might not always be effective.

Possible bug?

  • How certain are you? Commented Feb 25, 2014 at 16:14
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    Given the timing of the edit and final closure, I would guess the question got closed while you were trying to retract your vote, so once it was closed, the retraction was not allowed. Probably a race condition that wasn't considered when the retract feature was implemented Commented Feb 25, 2014 at 16:20
  • @MartijnPieters Certain enough to suggest that there might be an issue here. I have a clear memory of doing it and don't recall noticing any indication that the retraction failed.
    – Caleb
    Commented Feb 25, 2014 at 16:24
  • Now, if you can figure out how to retract a close vote and then get six voters (including yourself) listed on the final question as a result... That's a bug.
    – Shog9
    Commented Feb 25, 2014 at 16:40

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According to the logs, the last close vote was submitted 5 seconds before your retraction. With events this close together, it's just a matter of who gets in first - in this case, the 5th close vote did.

If you're still sure the question isn't a duplicate, you can now vote to re-open it.

  • No, I'm fine with leaving it closed as a dupe. My close vote was because the question was quite vague as originally written. I was just concerned that there might be a deeper problem with the voting system. Your explanation makes a lot of sense -- thanks for checking it out.
    – Caleb
    Commented Feb 25, 2014 at 16:27
  • Will the system actually notify you in most cases if the retraction fails due to the question getting closed aand the only reason he wasn't notified was because of the timing being so close together? Or is @Caleb's experience normal for this situation? Commented Feb 25, 2014 at 16:34
  • I don't think this situation is common, @psubsee2003. I believe it should tell you there are no active votes, but given how close the two events were in this particular case, all bets are off.
    – Shog9
    Commented Feb 25, 2014 at 16:36

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