Viz the meta-q about can I call certain humans mongrels in a work of fantasy, I close-voted the actual ELU question and since then it was re-opened and I would like to closevote it again, but I don't think the system is letting me.

So, can a user not vote anew to close a question that was closed but has been reopened?

Edit: And if not, why not?


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No. You can only vote to close a question once.

Your opinion is known and you have expressed it. Five other people have had a contrary view; you cannot have another bite of the cherry and vote again.

This has been the case since at least 2011, when Jeff Attwood explained

You are only allowed to cast one close or reopen vote on any given post, largely to prevent close/reopen wars involving the same cast of characters.

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    But you are allowed to cast VTC a second time if the first time was unsuccessful. IOW I vote to close a question but that question doesn't receive the 5 votes necessary for closure when my vote has expired I can recast it. Correct?
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Apr 11, 2018 at 22:37
  • @Andrew is this the case even when the question has been (substantially) edited? Commented Apr 11, 2018 at 22:40
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    @Mari-LouA yes: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/250223/… Commented Apr 12, 2018 at 13:46
  • I might add that I am quite certain that if a question devolved into a political advocacy of hateful morals too fast for moderation it could be flagged as offensive and reviewed at a higher level of SE . I think there were fair arguments about it crossing the line into "writing advice" but I did not see anything close to advocating the propriety of calling humans words that meant they were less than human. People are called 'pigs' and and "snakes". Calling a police officer a "pig" is highly offensive, but was common. Would a 60's hippy use the word "pig" is language, not writing IMO
    – Tom22
    Commented Apr 22, 2018 at 21:00

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