I've noticed this problem several times, I'm not sure if it's a bug though.

When I review the close votes, sometimes when I click the close button I can't see what the original closer has chosen as an option.

Most of the time you see a blue square with the number of close votes next to the option but sometimes there's nothing.

The only way I can see why the question is being closed is by clicking the (more) next to This question has been flagged as:

See screenshot below:

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    You don't see a number if the question was flagged by a user without close vote privileges because the flag isn't a close vote, it only puts the question into the review queue. – rene Jun 15 '16 at 7:20
  • @rene so that means people under 15 reps ? – Raph Petrini Jun 15 '16 at 7:23
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    No, under 3000 on regular sites @RaphPetrini – Patrick Hofman Jun 15 '16 at 7:24
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    No, everyone under close vote privileges, which is 3K on normal sites and 400/1500? on beta sites – rene Jun 15 '16 at 7:24
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    @rene 1/500 on private/public beta. – nicael Jun 15 '16 at 7:31

The post in question has been flagged, not voted to close. Only the latter will add a number next to the close reason.

I do agree this would be a useful feature to have, even if someone flagged it, it is useful information to the review. So why not add another box (or a way to integrate it in the current box) for the times it was flagged.

  • I disagree that it would be useful to add. The flag is raised by a user we don't trust yet to cast close votes. Don't pretend the flag is legit, review the question as if you have no prior knowledge. You're the first to judge the possible closure which could lead to deletion of value, make sure you do it right. – rene Jun 15 '16 at 7:28
  • You should do that no matter if it has been flagged or voted to close – Patrick Hofman Jun 15 '16 at 7:29
  • True, but as the first and last close voter you have greater responsibilities in my opinion. – rene Jun 15 '16 at 7:31
  • If you as a second review blindly follow the first, you are doing something wrong. Every review has to be taken on its own. – Patrick Hofman Jun 15 '16 at 7:32
  • Yes, I don't disagree with that, reviewing is a great responsibility, the first and last one should carry even more weight on your already careful consideration. – rene Jun 15 '16 at 7:35
  • Worth to mention that duplicate flags are showing the number. To prove, go here now, open the close dialog and choose Duplicate - there is a number even though it's only a flag, not actual close vote. – Shadow9 Jun 15 '16 at 7:51
  • Indeed, but only after you hit the 'Duplicate' button @sha – Patrick Hofman Jun 15 '16 at 7:52
  • i.stack.imgur.com/Qh8P3.png – Shadow9 Jun 15 '16 at 7:53
  • Yeah, my bad. Updated comment @sha – Patrick Hofman Jun 15 '16 at 7:53
  • Still, different behavior than the off topic. Or not? I don't remember if it's showing the number in the "sub menu" close reasons. – Shadow9 Jun 15 '16 at 7:54
  • Not sure @Sha. We have to find someone with reputation low enough to flag :) – Patrick Hofman Jun 15 '16 at 7:55
  • @Pat I have my sock, but it got only 1 rep on SO. :/ – Shadow9 Jun 15 '16 at 10:27

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