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I read the blurb for this question and clicked on it to vote to close. Of course, since I loaded the question in much slower than real time (I'm doing homework so I load the new questions on my breaks), it was already closed by the time I read the full question.

While reading the comments, I saw one that said Closed under 60 seconds…, which led me to wonder if there's a list anywhere of the questions that were closed the fastest; or maybe even a statistic in the site overview that talks about the average time-to-close for all questions closed today. Is there? Would this be useful?

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2…. Winner was closed in 28 seconds and has been deleted, the second place was closed in 35 seconds. As for today, you'll need someone to do some API magic... – Tom Wijsman Nov 3 '12 at 0:46
@TomWijsman But they were both mod-closed, that's cheating. What are the fastest closings without moderators or where the mod cast the fifth vote? That's the sport. – Daniel Fischer Nov 3 '12 at 0:54
@DanielFischer: No, this query gives both. – Tom Wijsman Nov 3 '12 at 0:55
@TomWijsman But I had to look manually through the results. And the winner is:… (in 61 seconds). – Daniel Fischer Nov 3 '12 at 0:59
@DanielFischer: Well, if you need it, why don't you add a column and filter on it? – Tom Wijsman Nov 3 '12 at 1:12
@TomWijsman I guess I would have to learn some SQL for that first. – Daniel Fischer Nov 3 '12 at 1:13
@DanielFischer: Being lazy, that's cheating. Learning SQL? That's the sport. :D – Tom Wijsman Nov 3 '12 at 1:14
@TomWijsman In a way, yes, but my masochism isn't bad enough to learn Perl yet, SQL must wait a few years more. – Daniel Fischer Nov 3 '12 at 1:16
@DanielFischer, in a previous question I worked that one out to be 62 seconds... doesn't include deleted questions though so it's academic. I think only a member of staff can find out for sure. – ben is uǝq backwards Nov 3 '12 at 11:56

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