I have gotten a few up votes on a question that was voted closed. If a question is closed, can votes on it still be taken and points given? Or is this a bug?

2 Answers 2


It's . When the question is closed, you should still be able to get and lose reputation from having people vote on it.

For more information, see Why allow closed questions to be voted on? Adam Davis' post pretty much sums it up.


In addition to anonymous2's answer, bear in mind that many eligible closed questions will be deleted from the site altogether by the automatic script (known as the Roomba).

If the question was closed more than 9 days ago, and ...

  • not closed as a duplicate
  • has a score of 0 or less
  • is not locked
  • has no answers with a score > 0
  • has no accepted answer
  • has no pending reopen votes
  • has not been edited in the past 9 days

... it will be automatically deleted. These are "abandoned closed", and are termed as RemoveAbandonedClosed.

If this happens, any rep changes from the post will be forfeited, whether this leads to a rep gain or loss. For example, if you post a question which later gains 5 downvotes (-10 rep), you will regain +10 rep when the post is automatically deleted after closure.

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