Recently, I saw a moderator on Android Enthusiasts telling folks to stop voting to close a question. The mod was clever to find out that the question is actually on topic, and I added that the title was attracting close votes. I then asked the moderator if he could clear the votes, by closing it and immediately reopening it:
Can't you clear the CVs? Even if not, you can close and the immediately reopen it (but that'd be kind of abuse to the system).
He then responded that it's indeed an abuse of the system.
Later, I saw another comment here on MSE:
Not a duplicate at all, used hammer to clear pending close votes. – Shadow Wizard
Which doesn't conform with what the Android Enthusiasts mod told me.
So, since moderators are supposed to he problem solvers, as well final decision makers when there's controversy, if one with a gold tag badge was allowed to do so, a ♦ moderator should definitely be allowed to do the same.
Is what the mod told me right? Or is it actually allowed to use one's binding close power to clear pending close votes?