In case of a question getting closed, the asker sees a message like the one below:

You can edit the question or post a new one.

Often, this type of question has already many down votes. Many times, this triggers also close votes. When the question gets edited and reopened, down votes are not cleared from the question. This may cause users to think this question is still a bad question.

Alternatively, when I create a new question instead, this does not have any downvotes initially, and the question does not give such a bad impression from down votes.

My question is why does this different behavior exist? (I think it is not correct and fair)

I think the correct way would be when a question gets reopened, all down votes should disappear.

  • Different solution for the same problem was suggested here (but probably never implemented): math.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/19369/…
    – Doc Brown
    May 13 at 7:44
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    ... by the way, what does ITNOA mean? Google had some suggestions, but none which seemed to fit here.
    – Doc Brown
    May 13 at 7:45
  • Why down voting this question? Isn't it the case that doubts about how the site works should be asked here? May 14 at 20:03
  • Up- and downvoting on meta sites is often used differently than on main sites, it is used for showing agreement or disagreement with a suggestion. Regarding your question: it touches every site, not just software engineering, hence I think the topic belongs to meta.stackexchange.com , not just here. However, if you ask it there, expect your question to be closed as a duplicate of this one.
    – Doc Brown
    May 23 at 18:38


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