The SO question PHP Query for iOS Latitude and Longitude not searching for nearby MySQL lat-and-long in XML has a 'suggested duplicate' to a question (10k users) which has been deleted by the other question's original poster.

  1. Why is this other question still being considered for closing as a duplicate of a deleted question?
  2. How many people are going to have to waste their time saying 'Do Not Close'? There are 4 so far who've done so.
  • Arguably, the new question also deserves deletion... But the OP is really trying, so it would feel very harsh.
    – Pekka
    Oct 15, 2012 at 0:42
  • @Pekka: and even if it should be closed as...well, something other than as a duplicate, it is clear (to me) that it should not be closed as a duplicate of a question that has been deleted before it was closed as a duplicate (it would be a separate matter if it was closed as a duplicate of a then visible question that was subsequently deleted). Oct 15, 2012 at 0:45

1 Answer 1


After 5 votes not to close, the question gets kicked from the queue and the existing close votes for it start aging, so:

  • Those close votes will soon expire.

  • No more users will view the question in the Close Votes queue based on those close votes.

Explained in more detail by the Shog.

As for duplicate votes to deleted questions, it's very rare and a vast majority of the time that question should be deleted as well. There's really no point in trying to auto-detect it and destroy those votes.

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