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I was watching the history of the actions taken from a moderator on Drupal Answers, and noticed the following entries:


All the questions are said to be edited, but that is not true: The questions have been created from the OP, and nobody else edited it. It could be the OP edited the question in the grace period, but Clive (that moderator) didn't edit it.

In all those cases, the question was closed by googletorp. (Clive was not moderator when he voted to close those questions.) If the edit is referring to the one adding the link to the duplicated question, then that action should be reported for googletorp (if such action needs to be attributed to any moderator). Editing a question to add the link is done from the Community user for every duplicate question, and reporting it as done from a moderator would be giving wrong information.


To make it clear, those questions involve two moderators: Clive (who who was not moderator when he voted to close the questions), and googletorp (who was already moderator when he voted to close the questions). The screenshots I took show Clive's moderation history.


googletorp's moderation history (who effectively closed the question) doesn't have an entry for those questions. It means the action of closing the question is reported for the wrong moderator.

googletorp is surely who closed the question. If Clive voted to close the question as non moderator, and then closed the question as moderator, his name would appear twice, as it happened with Which modules should I use?


What happens is that, instead of the closed question being shown in the history of the last moderator who voted to close, the question is shown for the first moderator who voted to close. The last moderator who voted is not the first moderator who voted, when there is a moderator that voted to close a question before to be elected moderator.
Showing the closed question in the history for the moderator that cast the last closing vote works in every case. If there only one moderator involved, the first moderator who voted is also the last moderator to vote; if there are more than one involved moderator, it's the last moderator who voted to close the question.

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I think the post notice counts as the edit. It usually shows up in revisions –  simchona Oct 31 '12 at 17:29
In this case, it shows up in the history of the first moderator, while only the second moderator caused the link to the duplicated question to be added. Even for the second moderator, saying he edited the question is giving wrong information, as the notice about the duplicate is added from the Community user. –  kiamlaluno Oct 31 '12 at 17:55
Since you posted a screenshot with mod names anyway (and none of this is really private), your post would be a lot easier to follow if you just used names instead of "the first moderator", "the second moderator", "the user who wasn't a moderator at the time", etc. –  Anna Lear Oct 31 '12 at 18:59

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Adding the "Possible Duplicate" message counts as an edit.

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Does it count as edit for every moderator involved in closing the question? –  kiamlaluno Oct 31 '12 at 17:44
Community is a moderator, @kiamlaluno... –  Shog9 Nov 21 '12 at 15:28

Closing as a duplicate automatically adds text to the question with a link to the duplicate. That's why it appears as edited.

An editor (not necessarily moderator) who votes to close a question as a duplicate potentially causes an edit. They don't appear on the edit history.

Each time you vote to close, you choose which question you're voting is a duplicate. This choice gets inserted as an edit, but doesn't count in the edit history. I don't know what happens when you have a tie in the votes, but when there are the right number of close votes, the duplicate is decided by majority. That can mean that the last close voter is recorded as editing the question, but other close voters may have done in the interim.

Certainly every time you tip the vote, the possible duplicate text is edited.

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Yes, but it is not done from the moderator for which I am watching the moderation history, nor from the moderator that effectively closed the question. –  kiamlaluno Oct 31 '12 at 17:38
No, the edit was caused from the last user who voted to close the question, who is not the moderator for which I am watching the moderation history. –  kiamlaluno Oct 31 '12 at 17:43
Are you watching the other close voters? Does it appear that they edited it too? –  AndrewC Oct 31 '12 at 17:52
The moderation's history shows the activity of who is currently moderator, not other users. What is happening is that the action of closing the question is reported for the wrong moderator. See the question update. –  kiamlaluno Oct 31 '12 at 18:07

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