This hot mess of a question — unclear and rambling — got closed, but then got reopened despite a 3:2 vote against reopening. How, and why?

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    I was wondering myself. While I enjoyed pointing out some of the ways, it is a generic CPU design question and not really RC.SE material, so I didn't mind it being closed wile I was writing my answer- and quite surprised by seeing it again without being marked as such. (BTW: interesting link. didn't know about the timeline before :)
    – Raffzahn
    Jun 25, 2020 at 23:55
  • After the review, three other people voted to open it.
    – wizzwizz4 Mod
    Jun 26, 2020 at 10:06
  • Aaaand it's at 3 votes for re-closing. (I'm one of the re-closers. The question really does ramble and needs focus.) Like Raffzahn, I wrote an answer, didn't mind it closing, and hadn't seen that format of the timeline before.
    – DrSheldon
    Jul 3, 2020 at 19:00
  • ...and it's closed. The "timeline" view is accessed by clicking on the icon that looks sort of like a clock, below the voting arrows for each question and answer. The timeline feature has been around for a while, but I think the icon to access it quickly is new.
    – fadden
    Jul 4, 2020 at 15:12
  • yes, I link to the timeline in my post
    – scruss
    Jul 4, 2020 at 18:12

1 Answer 1


Because 5 users voted to reopen, but...

So, there are 2 mechanics happening here:

  1. Votes from outside the review queue are not listed inside the review
  2. "Leaving close" the question doesn't invalidate existing reopen votes

As far as the public timeline states:

  1. RichF and JeremyP cast the reopen votes directly from the question
  2. Michael and peterh voted to reopen from the review
  3. The review ended with "leave closed" and the question currently had 4 reopen votes
  4. Brian cast the final reopen vote directly from the question, reopening the question

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