I "pulled the trigger" on a question that was an 'exact duplicate' however, I realized that I had NOT copied the correct duplicate to show the example.

The incorrect example was now shown in the comment box at the bottom of the question. OOPS! So, now to correct this fu-pa I can delete my own comment....DONE!

Not so easy. The closed vote remained.

Can I reconcile the closed vote or is it up to the community to over-ride this mistake. Should it be reported as a mistake and/or flagged for a review?

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There's no retracting a close vote.

However, it will expire in its own time (48 hours? can't remember exactly). If you think your vote will wrongly encourage people to vote against something, leave a comment explaining why you think it should stay open (eg, why it isn't a dupe).

But either way, people shouldn't be blindly voting to close things. If a miscarriage of justice does happen, it only takes one flag for a moderator to re-open something.

  • 48-72. The number keeps changing, or rather, it is difficult to calculate. ;)
    – jrg
    Commented Nov 23, 2012 at 18:21
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    I think it's a long longer than that. Willing to say it's a couple days at least. Commented Nov 24, 2012 at 7:33

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