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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
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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.

As of February 5th 2016, the deleted indicator is no longer shown to users.

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I thought it was supposed to be internal-only cause it's kind of useless and confusing for everyone else. – Adam Lear Apr 8 '13 at 2:58
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Should say (waffles) for everyone else. Just as useless and confusing, but much tastier with maple syrup. – Shog9 Apr 8 '13 at 3:04
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Indeed. Deleted votes just taste like sadness and regret. – Adam Lear Apr 8 '13 at 3:08
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@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
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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
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@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
    
@animuson This means we no longer have an easy way to determine aged-away close voyes, correct? Seems like it would be better to just display (aged away) or (closed) or stuff like that.. – hichris123 Feb 5 at 17:33
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Strictly-speaking, it was never easy to determine aged-away close votes, @hichris123. Now it's slightly even less easy. Displaying actual disposition would be a separate request. – Shog9 Feb 5 at 17:52
    
@Shog9 Already requested... many years ago. meta.stackexchange.com/a/203394/237685 – hichris123 Feb 5 at 19:56
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If this information is ever re-exposed, it would probably be more intuitive if the votes that are not deleted would be marked e.g. as "(active)" or "(pending)". – Ilmari Karonen Feb 6 at 20:21

This "bug" apparently is still implemented. As far as I can tell, every (closure) vote I've cast was deleted after the question was closed ("put on hold" in the new terminology). So usually it means that the question was closed since the vote was cast.

I suspect it works like this: closure votes are counted until they exceed 5 (or mod votes), the question is closed (="on hold"), then all closure votes are deleted so that reopen votes can be counted. As far as timing is concerned, as far as I can tell, the deltion of the vote is instantaneous when the question is closed. I just verified that by casting the 5th close vote on a question. My vote was immediately recorded as deleted in my voting history (like 0.5sec later when I got to that tab).

There is one other case where I found my close votes were marked as deleted: when I retracted them. That's actually the only case I've seen where my close votes are marked deleted but the question is not closed.

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