Was voting to close a question as 'Not a real question', but my mouse slipped to 'Blatantly Offensive'.
Would it be possible to have some means of changing my close reason, before the related question gets closed?
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Given the recent changes to voting that allow users to retract their own votes, I think the next logical step is to consider implementing this feature.
Generally speaking, I see 3 cases where one might want to change a voting reason
The 3rd point is the main reason why I think this feature would be valuable, and a big reason why is because of all of the effort that has been put into revamping the close system in the recent months. We wanted the close/on-hold reasons to provide as much useful information to the OP as possible, but how useful is it when the reason is wrong?
Ideally, the close reason would be dynamic and allow someone to change their reason up to the point that the question gets reopened, to allow for editing that doesn't quite fix the post but changes the reason why it is closed. But at a minimum, at least allow close voters to change their vote up until the question is closed.
This feature would work very nicely alongside Notify close voters when a closed question gets edited so the close voter gets notified of edits so they can revisit their close reason.
The issue has come up again on M.SF.
Sometimes askers fix their question. Other times an dupe is identified while 3 votes are already cast and it really needs to be closed that way.
(This supplements, with a concrete example, what @pubsee2003 mentioned as a third reason why this should be allowed.)
Has anyone given a good reason why this is not possible or should not be made possible?
Consider this question, which as originally posted asked for translation from Chinese. I voted to close it as off-topic for that reason. And I added an explanatory comment. Then the OP edited the question to remove/downplay the translation aspect. It still needs to be closed, but now the reason is that the OP did not first look up the meanings of "attend" and "services". Or perhaps the reason should be that the question belongs on English Language Learners and not on EL&U.
Why should I not be allowed to change the reason I voted for closing, after the question was changed by the OP editing? What's the rationale for this rule?
This really needs to happen. Probably once a day I realize that my reason for voting to close a question was wrong, or at least not the best reason, but there is no way to fix my error.
There should be a window of time during which I can modify my reason and/or retract my vote while retaining the option to vote to close again, just like the way voting up and down works. As it is, if I pick a bad reason or if the question changes after I voted to close, my only options are leave it as-is, with an incorrect reason, or retract my close vote entirely even if I still think the question should be closed.
Obviously, if the question is already closed, the vote should be finalized/locked, and I should have to vote to reopen. But until then, I should be able to change my reason, at least one time.
Today, I would have been happy for this feature to be available: I voted to close a question with "needs more focus", but then I realized the question could also be closed as a duplicate of an older one.
As a workaround, I left a comment pointing to the dupe, but I would have liked to change my close vote reason directly, so the system could use this information for the automatic generation of the "This question already has answers here..." message.
People make errors, and one of the very basic principles in building user interfaces is to allow people to correct their errors, within reasonable boundaries. Without an option to change a close vote reason afterwards, this principle seems to be violated blatantly. Of course, changing the close reason would be possible for all but the last voter who actually closes the question, but that is way better than no possible correction at all.