Any time I open the close dialog I wonder if it ever happened that 5 people voted to close; each of them with a different reason?

As long as it wasn't done deliberately the probability of such lack of consensus is very low, but there are, on the other hand, millions of questions on SE so even a very improbable event can occur.

So, has it ever happened?

  • data.stackexchange.com
    – Oded
    May 16, 2013 at 19:31
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    Let's find out... To the data explorer! May 16, 2013 at 19:31
  • Sure, I don't have a link, but I've seen it happen a few times, and simultaneously chuckled and slapped my forehead when it happens. May 16, 2013 at 19:32
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    We've done it before from our chat rooms. The last close vote is the binding one. Time to find that screenie...
    – Mysticial
    May 16, 2013 at 19:32
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    Why does it matter if it's ever happened?
    – Servy
    May 16, 2013 at 19:34
  • Does anybody actually know MSSQL? I'm failing. SELECT Id as [Post Link] FROM Posts WHERE Posts.PostTypeId = 1 AND 5 = SELECT Count(*) FROM ( SELECT DISTINCT Comment FROM PostHistory WHERE Posts.Id = PostHistory.PostId AND PostHistory.PostHistoryTypeId = 10 )
    – Jeremy
    May 16, 2013 at 19:37
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    @Servy Because we are all curious.
    – Antony
    May 16, 2013 at 19:37
  • related: What happens if a fifth person chooses a different reason to close? Not a dupe: "4 votes, 2 for one reason, 2 for other, and the fifth person chooses a third..." - that's different from what is asked here
    – gnat
    May 17, 2013 at 9:42

1 Answer 1


Yes it has happened before.

When 5 people vote to close with 5 different reasons, the last close vote is the one that is used to break the tie.

Example: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/11348463/duplicated-code-above-and-inside-while-loop

Screenshot prior to final close vote:

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And here's where we discussed this in chat:


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    That's true. So how many questions were closed with all five reasons?
    – user102937
    May 16, 2013 at 19:35
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    Did I misread the question?
    – Mysticial
    May 16, 2013 at 19:36
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    @RobertHarvey unfortunately I don't think that information is readily available. The data explorer doesn't seem to keep track of close vote reasons, only the votes themselves. I doubt that the data dumps have them either. May 16, 2013 at 19:36
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    @RichardJ.RossIII: data.stackexchange.com/stackoverflow/query/114660/…. Actually, I think it may only record the final close reason choice.
    – user102937
    May 16, 2013 at 19:37
  • @RobertHarvey That query doesn't really tell us anything. Is just lists close votes. Not questions with 5 different close votes.
    – Mysticial
    May 16, 2013 at 19:39
  • @Mysticial: Yes, but if it lists everyone's close vote, you can extrapolate the needed information.
    – user102937
    May 16, 2013 at 19:40
  • Well, I've asked if it ever happened so it's fully valid answer. I don't understand the downvoter. I wasn't expecting there was so many such actions :) May 16, 2013 at 19:46
  • @ŁukaszLech: Probably because the question is merely a curiosity one.
    – user102937
    May 16, 2013 at 20:18
  • @RobertHarvey hmm looking at this its not clear (to me anyway) what the reasons where May 16, 2013 at 20:47

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