I just successfully added my Close vote to a question on Stack Overflow that had already been deleted by the author. The question can be found here.

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The only purpose I see for such functionality is perhaps to stop someone from escaping the initial surge of wrath from critics, then subsequently undeleting their question. And that would be a pretty strange thing to guard against. It seems far more likely that this is an oddity that was overlooked.

So I'm just curious - is voting to close a deleted question a bug, or is it ? If by design, what is the rationale behind it?

  • Question is now closed, it feels so strange! Commented Jul 18, 2013 at 13:19
  • @ShaWizDowArd yes there are also 2 users with less than 10k that voted to close
    – Jehof
    Commented Jul 18, 2013 at 14:21
  • @Jehof strange, how did they manage to do that?? Commented Jul 18, 2013 at 14:32
  • The plot thickens....
    – paddy
    Commented Jul 18, 2013 at 21:41
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    If you select the "other" off-topic reason then you can also post a comment on the deleted question while you cast your vote.
    – Jeremy
    Commented Jul 25, 2013 at 5:51
  • @Jeremy nice find! Clever way to post comment on a deleted question. Commented Jul 25, 2013 at 12:53
  • @paddy, consider un-accepting the answer below. It's a little funny for this question to appear to be resolved, despite the bug still existing.
    – Jeremy
    Commented Jul 25, 2013 at 21:59
  • I'm adding status-completed because it is currently not possible to vote to close a deleted question (I tried - it gives a red error box).
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Feb 23, 2014 at 20:13

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Yes, this is a bug. I don't understand why this should happen but I assume it is because of the time it takes for the close counter to get updated with the fact that the question was deleted.

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