I was drawn to this LQ review queue


where 7 reviewers chose the option "close", while 3 others chose "looks ok". The post is not closed though: if I understand correctly, 3 of the 7 reviews who chose the "close" option has reps 2k-3k and thus cannot cast a close vote.

This makes me wonder, what is the effect of "close" chose by those users? It seems that it never settle the review: does it raise an automatic flag for the moderators to review, as in the case for "recommend deletion"?

  • $\begingroup$ In general I think the number of upvotes a post has comes into the calculation. I'll try to find a reference. Apparently the review completed without closing the post (which had zero votes of up or down). $\endgroup$
    – hardmath
    Apr 12, 2023 at 16:27

1 Answer 1


The answer in the FAQ post "What are the review queues, and how do they work?" (current revision says:

If you haven't earned the close privilege, you'll be offered a Recommend Close option instead - this carries no vote on its own, but puts the question in the Close Votes queue for privileged users to vote to close (see "Close Votes" below).

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