Currently SE review system allows questions' closure by the option of vote-to-close. There is an option of "Leave open" and I have read this to understand its use properly.

I am suggesting that the questions should be closed if they receive a net of 5 (close votes - Leave Open) votes instead of just close votes.

I understand that the Leave Open can take the question out of review queue but still if there is a new question which is on front page and community is divided on the closure then the close votes will generally win due to the current system. This can be a issue in beta websites where scope is still under discussion.

For such cases if the community is divided then why not go on side of leaving it open instead of closure till the same can be decided on meta/by a moderator?

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    This would be way too easy to abuse; one person votes to close, and if the first person in the Close queue votes to leave open, that's it. Vote negated, and no more eyes on it. The thing about closing a question is: It's not a bad thing. More eyes on a question means a better chance of it making it through the close queue in higher quality, regardless of whether or not it stays open or not.
    – fbueckert
    Jun 20, 2014 at 4:52

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"Leave Open" just means "I don't think it should be closed". It does not mean "I want to undo existing close votes".

Also, another reason why it's not a good idea, that would give too much power. Even moderators can't undo close votes: they can close then instantly reopen, but not cancel existing votes. Giving ordinary 3k users such power doesn't sound right.

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    Undo close votes is one thing. Changing condition of close to closeVote - LeaveOpen == 0 is another thing. I just thought that closeVote mean It should be closed and LeaveOpen means It should not be closed. Opposites. That got me thinking why the condition was not taking the difference to close the questions. Maybe I misunderstood the intent here. Jun 19, 2014 at 20:27
  • Close vote is action made on the question itself, not always through the review system. Leave Open is review only action which was intended from the beginning only to remove the item from review. Jun 19, 2014 at 20:32

From the linked answer

But if enough people (currently 3) select "Do Not Close" within the review queue, the question will be immediately removed from the queue (not shown to any more reviewers) and the ageing starts immediately."

So no need to change. This works.

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    From the linked answer "This doesn't prevent it from being closed, mind you - if someone visits the question directly and votes to close it". That can happen for beta website. Exactly the situation that I am describing. Jun 19, 2014 at 19:49
  • That is what is supposed to happen. I don't understand the problem.
    – Rory Alsop
    Jun 19, 2014 at 21:00

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