Yesterday, my question Is Stack Exchange staff removing GoFundMe links? was reopened. As of a few weeks ago, this results in an inbox notification (see below). However, I (the author) cast the final vote to reopen, which makes the notification pointless or even worse: noise. If you comment on your own post, you don't get a notification either.

Can the functionality be improved such that this doesn't happen anymore?

(I reopened the question using a dupehammer; it could be that the code just didn't account for this particular edge case but otherwise works fine.)

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    I hate it when websites do this. Even worse when it's an email. "Hey F1Krazy, F1Krazy just did X!" Yes, I know I did that.
    – F1Krazy
    Nov 29, 2019 at 10:37
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    This definitely is an edge case. Since when you would do a regular vote to re-open you don't know if it will be successful, besides when you cast the 5th and binding reopen vote. Which would be a second edge case.
    – Luuklag
    Nov 29, 2019 at 10:51
  • @Luuklag I was pretty aware that my dupehammer would be in effect. Moreover, if you cast the final reopen vote, the page is reloaded so you immediately see the effect. I think I got the notification a short while later, after I navigated away.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Nov 29, 2019 at 11:41
  • I wonder if the same thing happens when you post the 5th re-open vote on one of your own questions then.
    – Luuklag
    Nov 29, 2019 at 11:50
  • Hooray! Blimey that's chummy. Also "anyone can answer it now" is probably not true... Nov 29, 2019 at 12:04
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    It’s to prevent abuse. People are more likely to reopen their own posts illegitimately. If you know you’re going to have to suffer a notification you’ll think twice before doing it.
    – Alex
    Nov 29, 2019 at 13:33

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This will be fixed in the next build.

When a question is reopened, we now check if the last user to vote to reopen was the post owner and if so suppress the notification.

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