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Show all voted close types when a question is closed
Distinguish votes to close by reason

I've just unintentionally voted for this question to be closed, because I voted for it to be migrated.

It was an excellent question, and I felt very comfortable answering it - it didn't deserve to be closed, just migrated to a different place. I realised this after I'd answered it. I feel awful about having my name associated with the closure, but there's no way for the original poster to know that that's what I intended, or for me to undo my vote.

I would never have voted to close if I had realised that a "close for migration" would count towards a "close altogether"!

Can we differentiate between these different types of closure, please?

marked as duplicate by Brandon, ChrisF, user149432, random Nov 22 '11 at 22:50

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  • Why not simply comment and make it clear? – Lorem Ipsum Nov 22 '11 at 22:48
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    You do know that a vote for migration means you believe the question is in fact off-topic for the current site, right? Whether or not it gets migrated, marking something to migrate would mean that you'd vote for it as off-topic anyway. – Grace Note Nov 22 '11 at 22:49
  • It's not the point. I didn't vote to close it; I voted to migrate it. My vote has been counted in the closing. I didn't want that. – Lunivore Nov 22 '11 at 22:50
  • @Grace Note - If there wasn't a better site for it, I'd have voted for it to stay in StackOverflow. It was a programming question with a non-subjective answer that would have been fine before programmers.stackexchange was opened. It shouldn't have been closed. At the very least, this should be clearer to those of us voting. – Lunivore Nov 22 '11 at 22:51
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    Don't vote to migrate something that is "better fit" on another site if it still belongs on the current site. Only if it doesn't belong on the current site. There's a reason why migration is a subset of the off-topic closure and this is exactly it. Migration is for finding a place for stuff that doesn't belong, not for moving stuff that does belong. – Grace Note Nov 22 '11 at 22:55
  • "It's not the point. I didn't vote to close it;" You have to click on the word "Close" in order to cast a close vote, regardless of reason. I'm not seeing how this is unclear. There are no "conditional" close votes (i.e. "I only want my vote to count if everybody votes for my reason"), and adding something like that would be quite the headache to manage. If you don't feel comfortable closing the question, don't vote. – Adam Robinson Nov 22 '11 at 23:01
  • I felt comfortable closing it to migrate it, not closing it full-stop. Nothing in what I saw suggested that the vote would count that way. There is a difference, and I would like that difference to be better explained. Given that leaving a page results in an "are you sure" pop-up, how much would it take to code another? – Lunivore Nov 22 '11 at 23:19
  • While I agree with the suggestion to make users votes clearer (see the first duplicate link), a close vote is a close vote. If it's off topic (which is the only reason that you should vote to migrate, not that it might be better on another site), then it should be closed whether it gets migrated or not. If you truly feel like you're not comfortable with the idea of the question being closed at all if it's not migrated, then don't vote. – Adam Robinson Nov 22 '11 at 23:31
  • Well, because you guys all closed this one, I found the duplicate and have been able to vote there instead. Turns out I'm not the only person who feels this way. Let's hope people listen. It's not just the vote; it's that the reason isn't clear to the questioner either. That would actually make me much happier as he would be able to propose it himself. – Lunivore Nov 22 '11 at 23:34

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