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I've recently asked a question about an unofficial fan-made game, after having gained clarification that such questions are in fact on topic.

Some people originally disagreed, and the question in question now has 3 close votes.

So, my question is: Are close-votes forever?

Or do they get removed after a certain timeframe?

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    I'm asking a meta question linking to meta-questions about questions. - Quest-ception? :P – Robotnik Jul 2 '13 at 5:22
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No, close votes aren't forever. If the closing threshold of five votes isn't reached in four days (source 1, source 2) the close votes will just harmlessly decay, provided that the question has received more than 100 views.

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