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How can a question be closed by a single (non-moderator) user?

I've noticed a few people closing their own question as "off-topic", like here, here and here. I didn't even know you could close your question by yourself, and it seems strange that it's happening at all.

Did I miss some new announcement?

Edit: Actually I see that these are very old questions, so now I'm even more confused. Also there are many more examples, just do a search on SO for closed:1.

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marked as duplicate by Pops, Jon B, Jon Seigel, Ladybug Killer, random Jul 28 '10 at 12:29

This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an existing question.

    
See: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/20625/… (the vote-to-close system was added later) – Shog9 May 28 '10 at 16:40
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Thanks, voting to close. – Lance Roberts May 28 '10 at 16:48
    
Wow, lots of dupes. 15.4K can not close this! meta.stackoverflow.com/search?q=closing+own+question – Evan Carroll Jul 27 '10 at 19:25
    
I asked this question before you too, unfortunately I can see it -- it was probably deleted. – Evan Carroll Jul 27 '10 at 19:26

Voting to close your own question as off-topic seems pointless to me. If I thought the question was off-topic, I wouldn't have posted it in the first place.

If the community thinks I posted a question that is off-topic, I just delete it. If I really want an answer to my question, I may let the community close it down, to give it time to attract some answers. But I never vote to close my own question.

There was one exception here on meta where a question I posted was no longer relevant, and it had already attracted some good answers and a close vote for being no longer relevant, so I threw my own close vote onto the pile.

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Well, those questions were posted in the first month of the closed beta - it's possible delete wasn't working for normal users yet... – Shog9 May 28 '10 at 19:07
    
Sometimes I encounter obscure, bizarre problems and finally post a question in desperation. Once I solve the problem myself, I usually close my own (confusing WTF?) question. Example: I once had a file that would change it's bizarre behavior upon every new character of code I typed but never throw errors (was missing a semicolon). – rlb.usa Jul 27 '10 at 19:15

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