I recently marked a post off topic, but after 5 votes it start showing my name as closed as duplicated. Which I do not.

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It should not count or at least state marked as duplicate by someone who has not actually did it.

marked as duplicate by gnat, Mołot, Danubian Sailor, hims056, John Saunders Nov 29 '13 at 12:42

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  • By design. There's doubtless a duplicate somewhere. – michaelb958--Reinstate Monica Nov 29 '13 at 10:12
  • votes in off-topic < votes in duplicates – Praveen Nov 29 '13 at 10:17
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    @michaelb958 By design yes, by bad design – Richard Tingle Nov 29 '13 at 10:18
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    @Oded it should only state names of voters who has marked it duplicate. – Zaheer Ahmed Nov 29 '13 at 10:21
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    This is stack overflow lying by design. Which isn't ideal – Richard Tingle Nov 29 '13 at 10:26
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    [status: broken-by-design] – CodesInChaos Nov 29 '13 at 10:39
  • @Oded Why don't you display it the same way as for different off-topic reasons? – CodesInChaos Nov 29 '13 at 10:41
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    @CodesInChaos - that's how it's been coded. May change in the future, if it comes up as a feature request. – Oded Nov 29 '13 at 10:43
  • @Oded both of the possible duplicates are feature requests. – psubsee2003 Nov 29 '13 at 11:17

With close voting (except for migration), the main close reason is simply majority rules.

If 3 users vote to close a "primarily opinion based" and 2 users vote to close as "Too Broad", it will be closed and marked as "Primarily Opinion Based", and attributing that reason to all 5 voters.

When you have 3 or more reasons and you no longer have a simple majority is when things get confusing. At that point, it depends on which majority vote was earliest:

  • 2 users vote for Primarily Opinion Based
  • 2 users vote for Off-Topic
  • 1 user votes for Duplicate

In order to break the tie between primarily opinion based and Off-Topic, the system will choose the close reason of the earliest close vote.

This has been how the system works for as long as I can remember, but the recent Close changes (in June) did take it a step further with the off-topic close reason.

Since "Off-Topic" has multiple sub reasons, when "Off-Topic" is the selected close reason, it will attribute the users who selected each of the sub-reasons separately.

With migration, I believe you need 4 votes to migrate to the same site, so it isn't majority rules anymore but migration is a special case. If you don't get enough migration votes, it just goes in as Off-Topic.

Given all of this I haven;t really seen a justification of why it is the way it is and if it would be difficult too change. Personally, I think it should show all of the close reasons, less so for attribution purposes and moreso to convey to the original poster all of the issues with the post.

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    yes!!! but mentioning my name in something which I didnt is not correct. If 3 users close it as duplicate show 3 of them. – Zaheer Ahmed Nov 29 '13 at 10:24
  • @ZaheerAhmed I'm just explaining how it works, not why. I'll expand my answer a bit more though – psubsee2003 Nov 29 '13 at 10:26

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