In March 2015, a change was made to the close voting system, to allow users to recast close votes and close flags 14 days after they age away.

However, according to this post, apparently votes that were cast before the change was made cannot be recast. The user in question was trying to recast a vote in 2016, but was prevented because they cast a now-aged vote back in 2011.

Why is this the case? Is this intentional, or is it a bug?

  • Why can't I VTC a post I once voted to close in August 2020?
    – Mari-Lou A
    Aug 12 at 19:32
  • @Mari-LouA Your vote didn't age away, it successfully closed the post, then it was reopened. You can't recast such close votes; this is intentional to prevent close-warring. Aug 12 at 22:41
  • Thanks for the explanation. I didn't see or remember seeing the question ever being closed.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Aug 13 at 11:54

We didn't store a reason for this originally: all aged close votes were just marked deleted, regardless of whether they caused the question to be closed or not. (It wasn't possible to retract close votes at the time.)

Eventually - early 2012, or possibly 2013 with some vote statuses backfilled, I forget - we started tracking this. And votes that were marked as "aged away" internally were eligible to be re-cast after that functionality was added in 2015.

  • Why can't I recast flags that I cast back in 2014 and were marked "aged away" at the same time of the change? Aug 6 '18 at 5:18
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    I have no idea, since you didn't link to that question.
    – Shog9
    Aug 6 '18 at 5:19
  • Never mind, it looks like I was making a mistake when testing. I just tested again and it seems to work now. As I didn't have an account prior to 2012, I don't know if old flags cast prior to the change and dismissed as aged away in 2015 can be recast. Aug 6 '18 at 5:24
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    If (hypothetically) I encounter a question that I voted to close back before aged close votes were being tracked, and I still believe it should be closed, what should I do? Should I flag for moderator attention? Is this an acceptable use of a sock puppet to cast a recommend closure flag? After all, in spirit, I should be able to recast the vote and have it reviewed for closure again; the only hurdle is purely technical. Aug 6 '18 at 7:15
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    It is not an acceptable use of a sockpuppet, @Sonic. Also, the chances of you finding such a question are not high. Raising the matter on meta is always an option.
    – Shog9
    Aug 6 '18 at 22:07

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