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The Stackoverflow FAQ for voting a closed question states

Users with 3000 reputation can cast up to 50 close votes per day. When a question reaches 5 close votes, it is marked as closed, and will no longer accept answers.

Another question on Meta Stackoverflow adds that Moderators may close any question (regardless of their reputation). This implies that a question on Stackoverflow may not receive more than 5 votes to be marked as closed. However, I see a few posts which have more than 5 close votes. Here is a list of some questions (there are 17 such questions according to the August 2012 snapshot) which have more than 5 close votes on it-

https://stackoverflow.com/posts/2923424/revisions

https://stackoverflow.com/posts/2917166/revisions

https://stackoverflow.com/posts/2916277/revisions

https://stackoverflow.com/posts/8411348/revisions

Is this an anomaly or am I missing something?

  • There are a few of these hanging around due to various bugs that've existed in the past. Of course, it's also possible for a question to receive more than 5 close votes if it gets re-opened... – Shog9 Apr 21 '13 at 0:32
  • Thanks for confirming it's a "bug". I do understand that >5 votes may be allowed if it is reopened but my understanding says that it will be a different instance which is clearly marked out. – Dexter Apr 21 '13 at 0:34
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    Marking as status-completed as the original bug has been resolved. – Oded Apr 21 '13 at 8:10