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We all know about tag gold badge. If a user has a tag gold bage, he can close a question under particular tag immediately.

This question is asked under particular tags perl,bash,awk and this user have a tag gold badge for bash. He put the first close vote on that question but it fails to close immediately, Why?

marked as duplicate by ShaWiz discussion May 27 '14 at 6:53

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  • Hammer worked fine for me. :) Seriously now, the answer in the dupe clearly says: You can instantly close as a duplicate any question that was originally asked with a tag you have a gold badge for – ShaWiz May 27 '14 at 6:53
  • so we can retag the questions and place the hammer on it. – Avinash Raj May 27 '14 at 6:59
  • @AvinashRaj no, abuse prevention was part of the design. The dup-hammer only works for questions that had the tag originally. – psubsee2003 May 27 '14 at 9:18

Because the Thor's Hammer gold badge users are given only applies to duplicate close votes. They don't have the ability to unanimously close for other reasons - that was an off topic close vote.

It might expand to those reasons in the future, but it's only duplicates for now as a trial.

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