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We just got a new UI for duplicate close votes. When someone flags it as a duplicate, it asks the user to see the if question that it might be a dupe of answers their question. They have the option to close the question or to edit it.

I know that the diamond moderators close votes are binding, but I was wondering if that is still the case now that there is the new duplicate close vote box.

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    Why wouldn't that be the case? All moderator votes are binding. – Doorknob Mar 12 '15 at 0:41
  • @Doorknob It seems like the person who asked the question is getting more say in if it is a dupe, so I wasn't sure – michaelpri Mar 12 '15 at 0:57
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Moderators' votes and other users' votes aren't changed in any way.

  • Thanks, I wasn't sure if this was still the case because the OP, it seems, is getting more say in deciding if the question is a dupe or not. – michaelpri Mar 12 '15 at 1:02
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    @michaelpri In a way, yes, that's what's happening. We see many cases where a duplicate suggestion either has the asker go "oops, yeah, that's it" and then the question never gets closed due to low views or an argument breaks out in comments over whether or not it's a duplicate after all. This change is intended to address that by allowing the asker to agree with the vote and insta-close or to more clearly guide them towards a constructive way of disagreeing - by editing their question to highlight its differences. – Adam Lear Mar 12 '15 at 1:04

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