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This (now deleted) SO question somehow ended up with 14 people voting to close and migrate it. For each extra vote, an extra copy of the question appeared to have been created on Meta (though they have now been cleaned up).

Now a similar problem has occurred on this Meta question where close votes are still somehow being cast.

This was supposedly fixed months ago, but it's clearly still a problem. I blame Jarrod and his goto statement. =P


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Update This is now happening again: SO question and one of the migrations

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Related:… However, unlike the previous incidents, I've noticed that people are still voting to migrate that question. – Grace Note May 26 '10 at 18:24
The question is: should we waste our close votes to clean up the mess? – Jon Seigel May 26 '10 at 18:26
@ccomet: Yes, it's up to 14 votes now. – gnostradamus May 26 '10 at 18:26
@Jon I flagged the original post for moderator attention and listed the first 4 duplicate IDs. – Grace Note May 26 '10 at 18:26
@gnovices-exchange Checking the revision history, this has been occurring over the span of 12 minutes, so this doesn't sound like a "race condition" error anymore. – Grace Note May 26 '10 at 18:27
How the heck did Joel vote twice on this ?… – Sathya May 26 '10 at 18:57
@Essjaaay: The virus has mutated and spread to Meta! – gnostradamus May 26 '10 at 19:05
Maybe it's just a really, really important question. I mean, "repercussions" - that sounds ominous. – Aarobot May 26 '10 at 19:20
@gnov & @aaro LOL! – Sathya May 26 '10 at 20:06
"... it can only be Jarrod!" Edit: 10 random upvotes to anyone who can find and link to an actual Commercial for Jared's with that stupid jingle. – Randolpho May 26 '10 at 20:22
@Randolpho: Check the new edit. ;) – gnostradamus May 26 '10 at 20:44
What is Jared's? – mmyers May 26 '10 at 20:48
@mmyers: It's a chain of jewelry stores:|10451|10001|-1| – gnostradamus May 26 '10 at 20:49
@gnovices-exchange: I found that one... not a real commercial, but gets the general gist well enough. I'll give you.... 3 random upvotes. – Randolpho May 26 '10 at 20:56
It's happened again; still too localized?… – Pops May 28 '10 at 15:46

CPU spiked to 100% across all 4 CPUs on one web server (we're still looking at why) and caused some odd side effects. This being one of them.

Closing as "too localized"

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I've seen it happen a couple more times in the last day. Maybe it's not so localized, unless the servers are routinely getting hammered on. – gnostradamus May 28 '10 at 16:27
@gnovices yes, it is possible to have race conditions on migration -- that's a known issue. – Jeff Atwood May 28 '10 at 17:00
I know about the race conditions, but that doesn't appear to be what happened on, for example, this question that was closed as NARQ:…;. The repeated closings are spread across 5 minutes. – gnostradamus May 29 '10 at 14:53
Jeff, this is happening again. See the update that I put into the question. I think that this happening multiple times is common enough to not be closed as "too localized" – Earlz Jun 1 '10 at 0:14
I blame Jarrod... – Tyler Carter Jun 1 '10 at 0:19
These side-effects should be caught and cleaned up after, automatically. – Ether Jun 1 '10 at 0:50

This is hopefully fixed - we had to make some changes in how we were locking questions during close voting.

We'll be monitoring migrations closely :)

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