I voted to close this question. It has been closed with the following reasons:

"Questions asking for code must demonstrate a minimal understanding of the problem being solved. Include attempted solutions, why they didn't work, and the expected results. See also: Stack Overflow question checklist" – chue x, Avadhani Y, Luv, dandan78

"Questions must demonstrate a minimal understanding of the problem being solved. Tell us what you've tried to do, why it didn't work, and how it should work. See also: Stack Overflow question checklist" – Jack, Stony, Xenph Yan, Grijesh Chauhan

You will note that there are two close vote reasons, and eight names there. I've read that a question can have more than 5 close votes if it is closed, re-openened, and then closed. Is this what happened here, or is this a bug, or possibly a new feature?

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    My guess is that some of those users cast a close vote early on which then expired before the question was actually closed, but it's hard to say for certain. The question was only closed once, though. – Tim Stone Jul 12 '13 at 13:32
  • @TimStone - why would expired votes count towards the close tally? – chue x Jul 12 '13 at 13:37
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    I'm not sure, I would expect that to be a bug like you indicated, though the fact that this has been retagged as support suggests otherwise. – Tim Stone Jul 12 '13 at 13:49
  • @m0sa -- why was this untagged as a bug? – Naftali aka Neal Jul 12 '13 at 14:02
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    it seemed more of a "why did this happen" than "this shouldn't have happened" question – m0sa Jul 12 '13 at 14:18
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    @m0sa I am not sure about that. If the OP tagged it bug he probably thought it was a bug. I am retagging... (sorry) – Naftali aka Neal Jul 12 '13 at 14:27

Seems the first 3 close votes were invalidated by a scheduled task

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after reviewers decided to leave the question open:

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The scheduled task invalidates votes that are more than 4 days old, and were dismissed by a "leave open" review result. That explains why the close flag with the very 1337 time-stamp 2013-07-05 13:37:10 survived. The question was closed only after dandan78 voted to close the question as his was the 5th valid close vote. Only the 5 names that issued helpful votes are listed:

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A fix for the display issue where aged (invalidated) close votes are showing up in the explanatory section is being pushed out in the next few hours.

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    Didn't "leave open" just kick the question out of the review queue? Starting from when does it also invalidate the votes? – Antony Jul 12 '13 at 15:07
  • I guess I'll ask a similar question that I asked @TimStone - why would invalidated votes count towards the close tally? – chue x Jul 12 '13 at 15:15
  • Right, this part makes sense. It's why the invalidated votes were used in the "The users who voted to close gave these specific reasons:" section. They should have presumably been excluded. – Tim Stone Jul 12 '13 at 15:27
  • @TimStone it doesn't state that all the votes listed below were taken into account when closing the question, though – m0sa Jul 12 '13 at 15:35
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    That's an extreme technicality, I don't think this is the intuitive behaviour. – Tim Stone Jul 12 '13 at 15:36
  • I have to agree with @TimStone, it is not intuitive. – chue x Jul 12 '13 at 15:38
  • @m0sa - In any case, if you can confirm that the non-intuitive behavior is either a bug or is status-by-design, I will accept your answer. Thanks for doing the research! – chue x Jul 12 '13 at 15:48
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    It's a bug - invalidated votes don't count toward closing, so they shouldn't contribute toward the reasons display when closed either. – Shog9 Jul 12 '13 at 17:18

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