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In the "Votes Cast" section of my profile, my vote to close this question is annotated with "(deleted)":

However, the close vote does not appear to have been deleted: it successfully closed the question:

Why was this vote marked as "(deleted)"?

If the vote was deleted my some internal process after the question was closed and the closers were recorded, I call that a . Regardless of what happens internally, it's irrelevant to users if close votes are deleted after they have taken effect.

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Yeah, the fact that successful close votes expire is a bit silly. But I guess checking if your particular vote was responsible for the current closed state might be more trouble than it's worth. – Tim Stone Apr 8 '13 at 2:13
I've been wondering this for some time, but couldn't figure out if it'd been asked already or not.. I should have asked ._. – Daedalus Apr 8 '13 at 2:42
@Skilivvz, @Shog thinks this is a bug according to his answer: meta.stackexchange.com/a/175611/252153 ` – Tim Apr 16 at 15:41

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It means the vote was deleted.

That's not unusual - close votes are often deleted after they've taken effect. Your votes tab lists them anyway because otherwise it would only show your failures...

The (deleted) indicator was added a few days ago for internal purposes. I'm not sure it's supposed to be visible to non-employees; unless you can think of a good use for this information, I would agree that it is a bug.

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I thought it was supposed to be internal-only cause it's kind of useless and confusing for everyone else. – Anna Lear Apr 8 '13 at 2:58
Should say (waffles) for everyone else. Just as useless and confusing, but much tastier with maple syrup. – Shog9 Apr 8 '13 at 3:04
Indeed. Deleted votes just taste like sadness and regret. – Anna Lear Apr 8 '13 at 3:08
@AnnaLear I've had waffles like that too, though. – Andrew Barber Apr 8 '13 at 3:22
Hahaha, I love this! – Danny Beckett Apr 8 '13 at 4:44
But what exactly does it mean for a close vote to be deleted? Not all my successful close votes are deleted, so it doesn’t seem to be synonymous with being successful. I can’t really think of anything meaningful to happen to a close vote after it carried. – doncherry Apr 25 '13 at 4:34
That's kind of bizarre -- I just noticed this now as well, and came here to find the reason. I would have expected it to say "Closed"... what "Deleted" is referring to is very much not intuitive. – LittleBobbyTables Jul 30 '13 at 13:58
I don't feel this is the case. Every close vote I have has "(deleted)" next to questions that were actually closed. All of the questions without that mark are still open. – vcsjones Sep 4 '13 at 17:25
@vcsjones Close votes expire so if you look at your oldest votes you might find some (deleted) that weren't closed. – Some Helpful Commenter Sep 26 '13 at 17:11
Was it intentional that this question was tagged with status-bydesign, considering that @Shog9 calls it a bug in the answer? I had completely misinterpreted this label for the last few months, until I found the explanation here. I only came across this in a search I did because I considered posting a bug for the "wrong label" myself. – Reto Koradi Oct 5 '14 at 16:43
@RetoKoradi I just pinged the editor - he didn't comment and his edit goes against Shog9's answer meta.stackexchange.com/q/175610#comment828330_175610 – Tim Apr 16 at 15:43

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