I recently tried to delete this question:

https://stackoverflow.com/q/1732100/50776 (10K only, sorry)

While deleting, it failed, but then indicated that there was 1/4 delete votes.

Further attempts just failed, but added to the delete vote count.

Finally, it was deleted, but in the delete footer, you can see something is fishy:

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What happened with this question? Why didn't it only take one vote from me to delete?

Also, from the revision history, it seems that it was deleted with the first vote, but didn't want to actually show me that:

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    Because the system is getting fed up of you deleting things with a single unilateral vote all the time. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Mar 19 '13 at 19:18
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    Well... That escalated quickly... – Mysticial Mar 19 '13 at 19:20
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    @BoltClock'saUnicorn Deal with it. – casperOne Mar 19 '13 at 19:21
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    My question is why wasn't this historically locked instead? Yes, it's off topic, but there's a few decent books in there which could be a valuable resource to future visitors to the site. – Richard J. Ross III Mar 19 '13 at 19:22
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    @BenBrocka BOOK QUESTIONS MUST DIE! – casperOne Mar 19 '13 at 19:22
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    @RichardJ.RossIII Simply, no. There's thousands of questions that are tagged books. To give a historical lock to every single one would diminish the value of historical locks. If someone wants to curate this list (hint: there's a fully curated list already on Amazon, and it's searchable!) then they are free to do so elsewhere. – casperOne Mar 19 '13 at 19:23
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    @casperOne True, but the problem is that we now have going to have dead links all over the internet that decreases the usability of the site. – Richard J. Ross III Mar 19 '13 at 19:25
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    lol a glance at the revision history makes me think "Wow, this casperOne guy must really have hated this question" – Rachel Mar 19 '13 at 19:26
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    @RichardJ.RossIII I'm extremely doubtful of that premise. SO doesn't need the inbound links. Also, those sites are free to grab the content and post it themselves, as long as they provide attribution. – casperOne Mar 19 '13 at 19:26
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    I've always imagined @casperOne madly slamming his fist on his left click shouting "DIE! DIE!!" while moderating – Ben Brocka Mar 19 '13 at 19:28
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    @RichardJ.RossIII That particular question doesn't look extremely valuable to me. It's basically "here's what I know. what should I read next?". Some of the recommendations are outdated and overall it doesn't have much value to folks not in the same situation. (It also only got 1600 views in 3 years.) – Adam Lear Mar 19 '13 at 19:29
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    @BenBrocka I do that with every. single. flag. – casperOne Mar 19 '13 at 19:30
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    @BenBrocka: You don't think he simply remapped his [Del] key? – Xeo Mar 19 '13 at 19:30
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    Fantastic! We really don't need to blacklist the [books] tag after all, or even auto-close them; we just need to send an e-mail to casperOne every time one gets asked. Problem solved! – LittleBobbyTables Mar 19 '13 at 19:33
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    Trying, @Bart? SUCCEEDING! – Shog9 Mar 19 '13 at 19:50

Reproduced here.

If you submit multiple votes very quickly (either because you have an itchy delete finger, or because there's a glitch in the network somewhere that prevents the first vote from being processed before the following votes come in), then they'll all be recorded as delete votes.

Previously, this would result in a display on the page identical to the one in the post history - but the fix that Caleb references attempts to "de-dup" the list of deleters that appears on the question page itself, with comma-happy results.

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    I can live with being faster than your website. – casperOne Mar 19 '13 at 19:47

Looks like this is another example of side effects of the bug fix metioned in this answer to User with magical delete powers. You're on record as deleting the question three times, but the bug "fix" prevents your name from appearing more than once.

  • Weirdly, when I first tried to post this answer I got a message to the effect that the question had been deleted. Maybe the system really is getting fed up... – Caleb Mar 19 '13 at 19:43

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