I wanted to vote to "Leave Open" for this question: What would have happened if a younger student had gotten his name in the Goblet of Fire? , but couldn't find it in the Review Queue anymore.

Why was it not in the LO Review Queue?

  1. Is that because too many people - 3 already voted to leave it open?
  2. Or because 5 people total reviewed?
  3. Or because # of Leave Open votes balanced # of Close votes (3 each)?
  4. Or time cutoff?
  5. Other?

Here's the review history for it:

Beofett       Q  Leave Open 30 mins ago
phantom42     Q  Leave Open 2 hours ago
NikolaiDante  Q  Close  7 hours ago
Jack B Nimble Q  Close  10 hours ago
John O        Q  Leave Open 10 hours ago

I'm suspecting #3.

  • 1
    One possibility is that maybe it doesn't show up in the queue if you already viewed the question outside of the queue. I had a similar situation with another question, where I saw that it had garnered several close votes, went to the close review queue, and only saw the question you listed (which is how I wound up reviewing it). That question has 3 "leave open" votes, and 4 close votes, which makes your #3 seem less likely.
    – Beofett
    Commented Feb 28, 2013 at 14:50

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If a question gets 3 "Leave Open" votes, it is removed from the review queue. Keep in mind that LO votes don't actually affect the question's closure*, just its queue status.

*: with the minor exception that being booted from the queue by LO votes begins the CV aging timer even if the question did not have the 100 views normally necessary for that.

  • Actually, I think they do affect the expiration of closure votes, but my memory is hazy. Commented Feb 28, 2013 at 14:59
  • Possibly expiration, I'll ask, but they don't cancel them or raise the threshold
    – Kevin
    Commented Feb 28, 2013 at 15:00
  • Correct on that last 2. Commented Feb 28, 2013 at 15:01
  • After asking and searching on MSO, the only effect I can find is that once the question gets booted from the queue the votes start aging even if it had <100 views. (meta.stackexchange.com/a/166124/172958)
    – Kevin
    Commented Feb 28, 2013 at 15:21

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