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I just voted to close this question over on physics and I'm confused with the result.

When I was shown the question in the review queue, it had four close votes as off-topic, but I disagreed with that assessment - the way I see it, the question is a clear duplicate of this other question, and they both share a tag in which I have a gold tag badge, so my close vote should work as a dupehammer and singlehandedly make the question a duplicate.

However, after voting to close as a duplicate, the question got closed as off-topic. Now, if my closevote was a regular-3k+-user vote, this would be the expected response, since the question has five close votes and the majority reason should win out. However, if my vote had been outnumbered by three-to-one, it would still be able to override the off-topic votes and close as a dupe, which is a bit less harsh on the OP and more useful both for OP and future visitors. Is the step from three-to-one to four-to-one outnumbering that meaningful?

Or, put another way, even if it's an outnumbered last vote, shouldn't a dupehammer override the existing reasons and close as a duplicate?

  • The one you closed as a duplicate does not have the quantum-mechanics tag on it though, and that's the one that matters. You don't have a dupehammer there. – animuson Jul 23 '17 at 16:35
  • You don't have a dupe hammer on that question. The only tag it had when created was schroedinger-equation. homework-and-exercises, wavefunction and potential were added. None of these are quantum-mechanics, which is the only gold tag badge you hold and which could be used for dupe-hammer closures. – Oded Jul 23 '17 at 16:36
  • Ah, I see, I just assumed it would have had the tag and didn't bother to check. Just to clarify, if the question did have the tag, the dupehammer would've worked? – E.P. Jul 23 '17 at 16:37
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    It would, with one edge case - if the dupehammer holder added the tag themselves it doesn't count. This is so dupehammer holders don't abuse the right (by just adding the tag to any question they don't like and closing it). – Oded Jul 23 '17 at 16:54
  • @Oded Yeah, OK, but that's a standard part of the dupehammer's behaviour. This question is probably deletable - I'll leave the choice to you, though. – E.P. Jul 23 '17 at 16:55
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    For the record, dupehammer does work as fifth close vote. All other four voters will appear to close as duplicate either though. – Shadow The Dragon Wizard Jul 23 '17 at 16:56
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    pretty good argument in favour of meta.stackexchange.com/questions/231625/… since it would have made clear this wasn't actually a dupe hammer situation. Works both ways. – Kate Gregory Jul 23 '17 at 19:21

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