Given that this is apparently the almost single-handed work of one user, how is this not an extreme breach of voting privileges?
It's not a breach of voting privileges -- much less an extreme one -- because the system allows it and SE has explicitly designed the system to allow users to cast multiple close and re-open votes.
From the linked discussion on ...
Sorry about that. The question has now been re-closed.
But since you asked why, here's the full sequence of events:
Hamlet originally posted the question on the old Literature Stack Exchange, back in 2011. (Notice that the answer is from someone with a greyed-out username, as happens with migrated posts.)
When the old Literature Stack Exchange was closed ...
In the past, we've exempted talking animals from topicality. I propose we extend that to all cartoon physics, unless otherwise on-topic.
For example, all of the following questions would be off-topic:
How can the characters in Spongebob light a fire underwater?
How can the Loony Tunes characters survive the exploding piano joke?
How does Charlie Brown get ...
Yes. in this instance the song (and its source-poem) are thoroughly on-topic given that they're a fantasy that merely happens to have a christmassy setting.
Robert L. May created Rudolph in 1939, as an assignment for
Chicago-based Montgomery Ward. The retailer had been buying and giving
away coloring books for Christmas every year and it was decided ...
Right now it takes 3,000 reputation to cast a re-open or a close vote. We don't want "casual users" voting to close or open questions, we want users who are invested in the site and making it a better place all around. I know that some people have, in the past, suggested making account-age a substitute for reputation requirements, but it's always been shot ...
This question has come up in the review queue again and I have voted to leave closed.
The "too broad" close reads as such (which was changed fairly recently IIRC).
Please edit the question to limit it to a specific problem with enough detail to identify an adequate answer. Avoid asking multiple distinct questions at once. See the How to Ask page for help ...
In exactly the same way as for any other kind of closed question: click the reopen button. (Users with less than 250 reputation won't see this button at all; users like you with between 250 and 3000 reputation will see it only on their own closed questions; and users with at least 3000 reputation will see it on every closed question.)
Random example ...
As originally asked the question was off-topic and rightly closed. Since then, OP has added some additional information that brings it on-topic.
"Although I don't remember it having magic or fantasy elements, it
definitely was either alternate history or just an non-Earth world.
It's possible it was a low-magic setting."
The question should now be re-...
Anyone who can vote to close can also vote to reopen.
Voting to reopen works in more or less the same way as voting to close: five users with 3k+ reputation are enough to reopen any closed question, and moderator votes are binding (as are gold-tag-badge-holder votes when it comes to duplicate questions).
This is covered in the help centre:
What if I ...
The question should be (and was) reopened
This is a question about a popular fan theory. As laid out in the most-upvoted answer to Are questions about fan theories allowed?, we can even ask questions that deal directly with fan theories:
For example, if you have seen a popular fan theory somewhere else and
you don't understand why it makes sense, or ...
Your specific question
I'd rather not comment on this, since I never got into the Star Wars franchise. My gut feeling is to agree with you that it's not a duplicate, and if I weren't a mod I would vote to reopen, but I'm not going to use my mod powers to reopen it unilaterally. Now that you've raised the issue on meta, others who know more about Star Wars ...
Yes, it should be reopened.
We have quite a few “first of” questions on the site, which have been generally well-received. Picking a few examples at random:
What was the first story to be set in the future?
Who was the first robot to refer to organic lifeforms as "meatbags"?
First use of the "captive human brains as computers" idea?
The whole point is to explore all different types (of which there's a very final amount), not all examples from limited universes. Making it about a specific universe makes it boring and useless. As usual, you are pre-assuming "inconceivably long answer, or they're polling for a bunch of one-off examples" without even a slight evidence that that will be the ...
Privileges are common across the entire SE estate. If you feel that these should be changed, you need to raise it on SE:Meta, not on a local site.
For the record, there was a review a while ago. Some things changed, most things didn't.
Close votes policy review
Survey says no. There was a feature request for this posted on Meta.SE back in 2013, but there was no response from the StackExchange team.
A related question posted earlier this year on Meta.SO got a "no" answer from an SE employee:
No, it is not currently possible to retract a reopen vote.
However, your reopen vote will have bumped the question ...
After cropping out the second question, the post received four reopen votes. I cast the final vote and the post has now been reopened.
I suppose that was kind of the community consensus on this. If a post has multiple questions, VTC as too-broad. If the post is edited to be focused on one main question instead, it should be reopened.
It should not have been. It has been reopened since.
The questions by themselves aren't duplicates. They ask for different things. No matter how much or what Barry inherited, S.T.A.R. Labs still needs to keep running. Doing so just on the inheritance, would mean that eventually the money would run out.
The answers on "...
If you find a closed question which you think should be reopened, vote to reopen it.
I hesitate to make any sweeping statements about a whole class of questions; doubtless some GR-closed questions will be worth reopening and some won't.
It's likely that most of them should be reopened according to today's standards - or possibly reopened and then closed ...
I'm really at a loss why the close voters (Cherubel, TheLethalCarrot, Edlothiad
Loki and T.J.L.) felt that the question was worthy of closure. TLC has spoken about it in comments and seems to have relented in his opinion
...On re-reading I can see how it can be interpreted to not be opinion based...
This seems to be a perfectly answerable question within ...
Because people think that it should be reopened.
The question asks a simple question - why doesn't the Burrow have more bedrooms?
It's not unclear. It's perfectly clear what the question is asking. It's not a dupe, too broad, or off topic. It has been closed as primarily opinion based.
And I'm among those who believe that it shouldn't be.
We have a very ...
Leave Closed as Duplicate
If the question was not a duplicate of
Did Ekrizdis create the Dementors?
It is surely a duplicate of
How are Dementors created/born?
A common thought, although not 100% enforced rule is that an answer can make a question a duplicate. Based on the answers given in the older questions, any answers given to the new question ...
The Wikipedia entry for Prisoner of Azkaban describes clearly the relevant plot from chapter 17.
While at his cabin, Hermione discovers Scabbers in Hagrid's milk jug.
They leave, and Buckbeak is executed. As Ron, Harry, and Hermione are
leaving Hagrid's house and reeling from the sound of the axe, the
large black dog approaches them, pounces on Ron, ...
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.
My personal feeling is that, if you're going to ask the question, you need to state which continuities you will accept. Is it just the classic songs? Can we include more offbeat ones like "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer"? Is the Rankin-Bass film on-topic? The 1948 cartoon? Olive, the Other Reindeer?
Without indicating scope, the question becomes ...
It is my understanding that the FWP clarification post applies this to the questions which:
Do not have a canon answer currently but are expected to be answered in the future.
Have enough data on the question subject to speculate in an educated manner.
That is not what the FWP Clarification post to which you refer says. It says the following:
The question should be a duplicate: the issue of female dwarves in Tolkien's legendarium has been discussed a lot on this site already. When I first saw it, I was going to dupehammer it closed, but the best fits I found were Is the theory that dwarf women look like dwarf men limited to the works of Tolkien? and Did Tolkien originate the idea of dwarven women ...