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First, the word "close" can have a few very distinct meanings, some being:

  • "to come to an end or terminate" such as, Close the door [or close this question].
  • "having the parts or elements near to one another" such as, The candidates are in a close race. (I'm trying to keep close to the voting paradigm -- haha)

(Definitions taken from Dictionary.com definition of close)

And, when I first saw on SO/SE "View close votes" I read it as the second, but I couldn't understand what that meant. (me: "Close? Close to what?") To those of us who don't (or didn't) know that there was a voting process to close out a question, it's easily misunderstood.

Don't you think the phrase should be rewritten to say, "View votes to close" instead of "View close votes" because it would be more clearly understood?

Here is a screen shot of the listing of Privileges. It's the primary place where the phrase is shown.

Privileges, shows "view close votes"

  • Where is "View close votes?" I don't recall seeing that action anywhere. – DisgruntledGoat Dec 13 '10 at 20:32
  • @DG, I added a screen shot that shows the phrase. – Chris Adragna Dec 14 '10 at 0:22
  • Click on your reputation number to see the chart listed above – John Conde Dec 14 '10 at 14:27

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