I just close-voted something, but had a change of heart on my decision. How to revert that decision?


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You can't. You have to live forever with your guilt.

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    (Fingers crossed wishing I'm not wrong again)
    – juan
    Feb 14, 2013 at 21:03
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    You're mostly right. :) Close votes can age away if other users don't agree and the question isn't closed. If the question is closed, you can cast a reopen vote, though it doesn't really cancel out the earlier close vote.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Feb 14, 2013 at 21:22
  • Mods can also close and re-open to "clear" votes, but that should be reserved for when there's 4 votes on something that is obviously a good question that got picked on for some reason, etc. Feb 14, 2013 at 21:32
  • @MatthewRead Ideally that shouldn't be done at all. Clearing votes like that is a hack at best. Just let them age away naturally, or reopen the question after it gets closed.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Feb 14, 2013 at 21:34
  • @AnnaLear I can't agree. Even if there was a good feature for marking a question like that for follow-up and you somehow knew you'd be available at the time, waiting for the extra close vote serves no purpose. Feb 14, 2013 at 21:42
  • And clearing such votes prevents the original voters from re-casting their previous vote. Feb 14, 2013 at 22:38
  • @RavenDreamer They can't recast their vote under any circumstances anyway.
    – Tim Stone
    Feb 14, 2013 at 22:40
  • @MatthewRead Well, ideally the question just won't be closed if there's no longer a reason for it to be closed or the original vote was a mistake. :P
    – Tim Stone
    Feb 14, 2013 at 22:41
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    @MatthewRead I don't want to hijack comments here for a philosophical argument, so let's just say that in my experience clearing close votes is a good way to appear like you're throwing your diamond around. Even if folks are wrong and the question ends up getting closed for the wrong reasons, reopening it after the fact (with a meta discussion if needed) comes off a lot better than forcing the close votes out.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Feb 15, 2013 at 0:49
  • Overriding 5 people is better than overriding 4? A Meta discussion can be had either way. Feb 15, 2013 at 1:00

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