I voted to close this question, and then the OP asked for downvoters to give a comment. Which made me wonder: what do new (low rep) users see when there is a close vote on their question (before it has been closed)? I know that as someone with the right to vote, I could see what the votes are simply by starting the process of voting to close on my own question, but would that be necessary?

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    Are you talking about close-votes or down-votes here? Users see down-votes very clearly as a negative number to the left of their question. I don't think you see close votes unless you have that privilege.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Feb 25, 2014 at 16:06
  • I was talking about close votes. I agree that downvotes for questions aren't really that useful for questions. Close votes I had always assumed were visible to the asker. If they aren't, then I agree that they don't do anything for the asker until the question is actually closed.
    – jmoreno
    Feb 25, 2014 at 16:28
  • Can you edit the question to make it clear that's what you're talking about.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Feb 25, 2014 at 16:29
  • @ChrisF I think you can see close votes on your own question without having 3k.
    – yannis
    Feb 25, 2014 at 16:31
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    @YannisRizos - You need a reputation score of 250 - programmers.stackexchange.com/help/privileges/view-close-votes - I always forget.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Feb 25, 2014 at 16:34
  • (for the sake of completeness) when vote cast is on dupe, they see generated suggested dupe notice
    – gnat
    Feb 25, 2014 at 17:22

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Below 250 rep, the user doesn't see anything related to close votes unless a higher rep user tells them.

See: view close votes privileges

This privilege allows you to view and cast close and reopen votes on your own questions.

And as gnat pointed out, they will see the comment of a suggested duplicate after the first duplicate vote is cast.

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