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I voted to close this question as a duplicate of this earlier question (now deleted, after being closed as off-topic and voted down to -6), so did one other user. The author of both questions deleted the earlier one, and now the later question has gone from two close votes to zero. This makes a certain amount of sense (it's no longer a duplicate), but I can't cast another vote even though my original vote is gone. This is troubling for a few reasons:

  • The original post was closed as off-topic; I can no longer cast a close vote against the new post as off-topic, even though it's a duplicate of an off-topic question (my close vote is effectively lost)
  • Users can abuse this to swallow a certain number of close votes while spamming the same question into the system (as has just unintentionally happened with the above two questions)

Is this a feature or a bug? Was my close vote supposed to vanish, and afterwards am I supposed to be unable to cast a second close vote for the next-best reason?

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Does the system automatically remove close votes if the post considered to be the original (and therefore being duplicated) gets deleted? –  Preom Jul 22 '13 at 21:02
    
@Preom This is what I seem to have experienced, yes. –  meagar Jul 22 '13 at 21:10
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Answer is here. Better turn this into feature request asking to change this behavior, at least if the question is deleted by its own author. –  Shadow Wizard Aug 19 '13 at 9:37

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