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Once again, regarding this question on the main site. I haven't looked at it in a while, but at one point there were 3 votes to close on it.

I've been a member of Stack Overflow since it was first public, and don't remember close votes ever "expiring." Do they, and I perhaps just never noticed/knew? Because right now, there are no close votes, and according to the revision history, it never was closed and reopened.

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Close (and re-open) votes indeed age away (after 4 days). The premise is that, if they didn't, the occasional close-votes that tend to accumulate randomly would close many, many questions over a long enough period of time. So they age away.

Reference: Reopen votes disappeared - bug?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks for the official word. Never noticed it before -- maybe because we tend to close fast on SO. :) \$\endgroup\$ – John Rudy Aug 26 '10 at 0:58
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Close votes age away. I believe it's two days. I'm looking on meta for a source, but I haven't found one yet.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I did the same, to no avail. When was this implemented ? I don't recall it. \$\endgroup\$ – Stefano Borini Aug 25 '10 at 19:22
  • \$\begingroup\$ Is that true of all the Stack Exchange sites or only Area 51s in Beta or.. ? \$\endgroup\$ – LeguRi Aug 25 '10 at 20:24
  • \$\begingroup\$ I know it was happening on Gaming recently. I don't know for sure about SO, etc. \$\endgroup\$ – C. Ross Aug 25 '10 at 21:21
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You are right, this is very unusual. delete votes expire, but close votes should not, unless they changed it recently.

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