We have made two changes to closure by users that own a gold badge:
First, we now look at the question's current tags instead of its original tags, unless you were the first one to add in a given tag (either by doing it yourself, or by approving an edit from someone else).
This is done to address the request made in: Only prohibit those who edited the tags from using the dupe hammer.
Second, we made some UI changes to make this behavior more discoverable.
The old behavior could be confusing, both for users who didn't realize they had this newly-acquired power, and for users who didn't understand why it didn't work now and then (because the tags had been changed).
So, to make the dupehammer easier to understand, we made making two UI changes:
- If you cast a close vote and that vote is binding because of a tag badge, this new styling gives you an explanation of why that vote was binding (it mentions the actual tag badge we used). The message also mentions reopening.
- If you cast a close vote that would have been binding had you not changed the tags yourself, there'll be a message explaining that as well (instead of simply telling you "your vote has been recorded").
The new notice (in case the vote was binding) looks like this (the popup shows on hover):
Note that this banner was not added on the first few uses of the hammer, which did not record any indication of the user having immediate closing powers. However, it was added to later uses which just had the old gold circle.