When voting about reopening, I often go to the question-page to see why it was closed, so as to assess whether or not there have been an improvement in that area.

For instance, I just reviewed a question where OP had included a lot a new math (his/her attempt, I guess), so I automatically saw this as something good. However, when finding out that the close-reason was that the question was unclear, I saw that it was indeed still unclear, and voted to leave closed.

  1. Is it wrong to let my decision be influenced by this? I.e. should I look at the question without any knowledge of it's history and decide whether or not it should be closed?
  2. If not, could the close-reason be displayed at the voting-page directly?


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    $\begingroup$ You mean in the review queue? Just above the question there are two tabs, "Question (revised)" and "Revision", the second one being displayed by default if a question was put in the review queue after being edited. If you click on "Question (revised)", you see the question with all edits made and the reason for which it was closed. If the question was put in the queue e.g. because someone voted to reopen it, you see the close reason by default. $\endgroup$ – Najib Idrissi Mar 8 '16 at 16:46
  • $\begingroup$ @NajibIdrissi Sweet, you're right! Still, the question about whether or not this should influence my assessment stands. $\endgroup$ – Bobson Dugnutt Mar 8 '16 at 16:49
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    $\begingroup$ I don't see why not. I mean, if the question is still unclear, it should remain closed. $\endgroup$ – Najib Idrissi Mar 8 '16 at 16:49

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