Looking at https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/188677/help-me-with-reputation, or post deletion - Noty (notifier) is not working inside a function, I notice that in one case, the list of user selecting the close reason is shown, but it's not so in the other case.



Notice that:

  • The closure didn't involve any moderator
  • In the first case, the close reason is reported to be selected from 5 users (which means all the users who voted to close)

In which cases is the list of users who selected the closing reason shown?

  • The first one is the sub-reason for off-topic closure. There could be more than one of them. The second closure doesn't have a sub-reason.
    – Antony
    Jul 13, 2013 at 12:21
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    If that is the case, then another question raises: Why in the first case do I get the list of who selected the sub-reason, while in the second case I don't get the list of who selected that reason? In the second case, two users could have selected a different reason; I will never know who selected the closing reason that appears under the question.
    – apaderno
    Jul 13, 2013 at 12:26

2 Answers 2


As I understand it, this is a sub-feature of the new Off-Topic close reasons. It only applies to the Off-Topic reasons, which is why it doesn't appear on the "unclear what you're asking" banner.

I believe the criteria for displaying a "the users who voted to close gave this specific reason" message is that at least 2 users voted for the same thing, and there is no sort of tie (ie. 2 users vote for one OT reason and 2 users vote for another). Regardless, when the system chooses a "specific reason" to display, it also tells which users voted to close with that specific reason. In the example you're showing, all 5 users agreed and gave the same specific reason, which is why it looks a bit redundant. If, for example, ben and Michael had voted for a different OT reason, their names would appear in the "put on hold as off topic by" list but not in the "gave this specific reason" list.

I hope that made sense and answered your question; let me know if anything else is still confusing!

  • I'm not so sure about this bit in the 1st sentence in your 2nd paragraph: "and there is no sort of tie". I recently had exactly this scenario, where there was a tie; the site did display "the users who voted to close gave..". Unfortunately, the question on SO has been deleted, however, I do give some detail about the SO question in this meta question
    – chue x
    Jul 13, 2013 at 17:59
  • Yeah, I agree. I do not understand the "sort of tie" sentence either. Sep 29, 2013 at 8:18
  • @chuex I think that in a case where 2 users select a reason, and 2 users select a different reason, the system picks up the last chosen reason, or the first one. I don't remember exactly, but a specific reason is chosen.
    – apaderno
    Oct 1, 2013 at 12:19

This only appears if the final verdict was "off topic". I'm not entirely sure how the close reason is determined (there's some order of precedence iirc), but basically, if a post is closed as "unclear", the only message shown is the "unclear" message.

However, if the post is finally closed as off topic, all of the subreasons used are put in a bulleted list, with the break up of who voted for what.

Self plug: Don't choose the best close reason, allow multiple close reasons

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