From Help Center > Privileges > cast close and reopen votes:

Edits or a sufficient number of "Leave Open" reviews will remove the question from review and immediately begin aging the close votes.

I want to suggest to specify that:

three(3) "Leave Open" reviews will remove the question from review and immediately begin aging the close votes.

  • Not sure but isn't it a little more complex than that, I thought for instance a sequence like c-lo-c-lo-c-lo would leave it on the queue a bit longer? But a link or description of how it works exactly would be good.
    – PeterJ
    Commented Mar 20, 2016 at 6:04
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    @PeterJ: It's always three for that particular review task. If the task is completed without closing the question, or if it's closed, reopened, and flagged/voted to close again, the new task will start over and need three more Leave Open actions to finish that way. Commented Mar 20, 2016 at 6:40
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    Presumably the idea is to allow for different sites to customize the number of LO actions needed, but I'm not aware that any sites actually do that, and it's a bit misguided anyway to just leave a placeholder instead of putting in the actual number. Commented Mar 20, 2016 at 6:41
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    For the record, the voting tag is for upvotes and downvotes, for anything that is related to review, we have the review tag. Commented Mar 20, 2016 at 10:26

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Perhaps a link could be provided from the Help to this answer to What exactly happens with the button "Leave Open" (previously "Do Not Close")?

Normally, a question must hit 100 views before close votes age away, so as to give enough folks time to see and review it. Questions with close votes stay in the review queue until they are closed or the votes expire.

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 aging starts immediately.

Alternatively, with a little more detail added, this answer to What are the review queues, and how do they work? could be used but it currently seems to fall similarly short on detail:

Finally, you can also choose Leave Open (or Leave Closed in the reopen queue). What does this last option do? If enough people vote to leave a question open or closed, the question is removed from the close/reopen queue (respectively) and immediately begins aging the existing close or reopen votes on the question (it does not clear them).

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