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I know there may be similar posts on this topic. But I think it would be helpful to reduce the number of close votes. For example, this post got four close votes because the original version of the question didn't include the OP's work. But yesterday the OP included what he/she had tried, but still the $4$ close votes resist, and someone in the future may vote to close this post by mistake. I think it would be great to reduce the number of close votes when necessary.

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    $\begingroup$ Close voters can retract their votes if they wish; so if they feel the question has been sufficiently improved the number of pending close votes should drop. However... it is probably worth noting that the 'context' has not improved the question substantially and is unlikely to meet many users' standards. One of the mods here does occasionally note that adding what someone attempted is often not good context and that is true in this case. $\endgroup$
    – postmortes
    Commented Jun 7 at 10:13
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    $\begingroup$ @post, "Close voters can retract their votes if they wish; so if they feel the question has been sufficiently improved the number of pending close votes should drop" assumes the voters drop by to check on the progress of questions they have voted on, an assumption not supported by any evidence. I don't think voters are notified of edits to questions they have voted on. All is not lost; it's my impression that close-votes "age away" if the number stays below five for too long. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 7 at 12:32
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    $\begingroup$ @GerryMyerson I believe you are right on all points but... criticising the close voters for not returning to check on what they vote to close to see if it's been improved seems unlikely to get me anywhere :-/ However, the question in question (as it were) could still be improved to meet site standards. $\endgroup$
    – postmortes
    Commented Jun 7 at 12:58
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    $\begingroup$ @post, I don't doubt your assessment of the question in question, and I urge OP to take your observations to heart. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 7 at 13:08
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    $\begingroup$ That post was mentioned in the CURED chatroom and was closed by 3 owners of that room. $\endgroup$
    – peterwhy
    Commented Jun 7 at 16:06
  • $\begingroup$ An interesting experiment is being done at StackOverflow to mitigate the volume of poor initial Questions. It is called the Staging Ground. I won't provide a link since it would not be informative unless you have StackOverflow account (in which case the link is prominent along the left side of their landing page (StackOverflow Questions)). $\endgroup$
    – hardmath
    Commented Jun 8 at 17:14
  • $\begingroup$ See also this write-up that describes the motivation for StackOverflow's Staging Ground. $\endgroup$
    – hardmath
    Commented Jun 8 at 22:30

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