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.

  • By design. There's doubtless a duplicate somewhere. Nov 29, 2013 at 10:12
  • votes in off-topic < votes in duplicates
    – Praveen
    Nov 29, 2013 at 10:17
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    @michaelb958 By design yes, by bad design Nov 29, 2013 at 10:18
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    @Oded it should only state names of voters who has marked it duplicate. Nov 29, 2013 at 10:21
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    This is stack overflow lying by design. Which isn't ideal Nov 29, 2013 at 10:26
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    [status: broken-by-design] Nov 29, 2013 at 10:39
  • @Oded Why don't you display it the same way as for different off-topic reasons? Nov 29, 2013 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, 2013 at 10:43
  • @Oded both of the possible duplicates are feature requests. Nov 29, 2013 at 11:17

1 Answer 1


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. Nov 29, 2013 at 10:24
  • @ZaheerAhmed I'm just explaining how it works, not why. I'll expand my answer a bit more though Nov 29, 2013 at 10:26

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