I voted to close a question and when I later came back to view the site again I noticed that my vote did not appear on the screen. When I attempted to vote a second time the screen told me that I had already voted to close. But, again, my vote did not appear.

Was this an erroneous glitch in the system or was my vote to close overridden by some means ?

2 Answers 2


I VTC'ed to close the question (along with you), but the OP edited it sufficiently (to my liking at least). In this case, I think it's appropriate to flag for other moderators attention if you think I made a mistake.

No glitches as far as I can tell, it's just an annoying power of moderatorship to obfuscate things we don't necessarily want to.

  • Thank you. I understand now. Up-voted +1. And accepted.
    – Nigel J
    Commented Mar 7, 2023 at 13:12

Three possibilities:

  1. If you accidentally retracted your close vote you won't be able to vote to close it again.

  2. If a question was closed (possibly by a moderator) and then quickly reopened, your close vote would be considered to have succeeded, and you wouldn't be allowed to vote again.

  3. I forget the exact timing, but close votes expire after about a week if the question doesn't get enough for it to be closed. You can vote to close again, but not immediately, you have to wait a month.

The question's history page might show you what happened.


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