This is easiest to explain with an example: a number of people (3) voted to close the Quotes proposal. Since then the objections have been answered and it is getting a clear focus.

But there is no way for people to undo their vote to close.

I suggest that this feature be added, to prevent the proposal being closed by two more people who may not take the new information into account.

Related: Can we have the ability to rescind a close vote before it closes? - but this question was posted before Area51 took off.

  • @Tobiad: already noted that in question and why this is different (Area51 - new situation). – Wikis Oct 14 '10 at 12:37
  • Robinson: sorry, yes. you'll see that vote fade away in two days – Tobias Kienzler Oct 14 '10 at 12:55
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    @Tobias - you'd get an irony badge if there was one. =:-) – Wikis Oct 14 '10 at 13:44
  • It's still a duplicate because it's actually the same system. Area 51 has the same components as a regular Stack site (they forked the codebase), but they're all twisted around and such to fit the format. – Jon Seigel Oct 15 '10 at 3:23
  • @Jon - agree that the underlying code is similar but that's not my point - this is a new implementation and so deserves to be discussed again. – Wikis Oct 15 '10 at 6:38

The close-votes fade away after some days, but if it gets closed before, flag for mod attention and clarify the situation. Also, if the closers left comments you could @ask them to vote on reopening.

  • what do you mean, the The close-votes fade away after some days - does this happen automatically? How long does it take? – Wikis Oct 14 '10 at 8:23
  • @Mark Robinson: good question... three or five days IIRC. But to make sure, I ask it: How long does a vote to close last? – Tobias Kienzler Oct 14 '10 at 10:08
  • good one, thanks. So that makes this feature request obsolete, right? – Wikis Oct 14 '10 at 12:05
  • @Mark Robinson: since [ Can we have the ability to rescind a close vote before it closes?](meta.stackexchange.com/questions/915/…) is [status-declined] and this basically asks for the same I'd rather say close this one as duplicate and upvote there, maybe add a bounty if you want to increase attention. But it's unlikely to be implemented it seems... – Tobias Kienzler Oct 14 '10 at 12:21
  • I think this is obsolete because the votes "fade away", not because this is a duplicate. – Wikis Oct 14 '10 at 12:37

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