Not sure if this belongs here or meta.SO but should the Original Poster be allowed to vote to close or reopen his/her own posts? Or is it just because of the private beta?

  • We can always vote to close our own questions with enough rep, I think we get a reopen vote too. You can vote to close your own questions earlier than other questions
    – Rarity
    Apr 13 '12 at 16:08
  • @Rarity And does it make sense given potential bias?
    – Karlson
    Apr 13 '12 at 16:52
  • 4
    Yeah, it's hard to abuse the system to close your own question, and you only get one reopen vote. It's a good way to let people know you think the question is worthy of being opened again, but it requires 4 others to agree, just like any other question.
    – Rarity
    Apr 13 '12 at 18:01
  • @Rarity Point taken but where there is 4 there might as well be 5 wouldn't you agree? Besides I don't know if anyone except Mods even know that who cast the votes.
    – Karlson
    Apr 13 '12 at 18:05
  • It appears this is officially by design and has been for quite a while. It also appears SE won't let me post that as an answer.
    – Rarity
    Apr 13 '12 at 20:57

As Rarity said in the comments, this is by design. The reputation requirement is different during private and public betas, but the principle is the same.

Since four other people (or a moderator) need to agree with the vote, there's little chance for abuse.

  • To respond to the "where there is 4 there might as well be 5" I would add that 1 reopen vote is very different than 0.
    – Nicole
    May 2 '12 at 16:54

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