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I was going to vote to delete this question. I clicked the delete button and confirmed it and then got:

"1 posts (10530917) have been closed as a duplicate of this one; continue anyway?"

10530917 does indeed exist, but it was closed as "Not a real question". There's a comment linking to the first question on it, but nothing to suggest there's ever been a proposed of duplicate in the history or the visible comments.

What gives?

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(I resisted the urge to complain about the plural/singular thing) – Flexo May 11 '12 at 14:26
    
...says the guy tied to a chair with Jeff brandishing a giant "S" over his head. – HodofHod May 16 '12 at 13:10

I'm going to guess that at least one of the close votes on 10530917 was as a duplicate of the question you were trying to close.

Bear in mind the close message is based on the majority but does not indicate a unanimous vote.

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Should the message still appear for cases where there is no visible evidence of it being an exact duplicate? – Flexo May 11 '12 at 14:29
    
I think so, but that's just me. That probably should be it's own meta question. – JNK May 11 '12 at 14:31

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