There are a lot of kinds of votes. Some are binding (i.e., only 1 single vote is required to incur the related result) while some require more votes to be confirmed. Is there a category about what votes are "binding"?

  • AFAICT, OP's review vote on suggested edits on his own posts are binding. All ♦ votes are binding (one exception). Anything else? – iBug says Reinstate Monica Sep 12 '17 at 10:36
  • Um, I think it's just the mods and the OP. Probably not worth making a list, which could explain the downvote, although it's not mine. – M.A.R. Sep 12 '17 at 10:50
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    Using a search like this meta.stackexchange.com/search?tab=votes&q=binding%20vote and reviewing the returned Q&As should put you well on the way to writing an answer to your own question. – PolyGeo Sep 12 '17 at 10:55

The following are considered binding votes:

  • Diamond moderators: binding vote for everything on sites they moderate. (close/reopen/delete/undelete/review)
  • Post author:
    • For questions, binding delete vote as long as there is not an answer with an upvote, or multiple answers that have no votes.
    • For answers, binding delete vote as long as the answer is not accepted.
    • Review: post authors have binding vote when reviewing a suggested edit on the post.
    • All other votes are not binding.
  • Users with a gold tag badge: Binding close or reopen votes, but only when voting to close or reopen a question that has that tag, and only when voting to close/reopen as a duplicate. (as long as they didn't add that tag themselves to the question)
  • Users with gold tag badge can't cast a binding vote if they have ever edited the tags of the question they're voting. – iBug says Reinstate Monica Sep 12 '17 at 11:35
  • @iDebug thanks, edited – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard Sep 12 '17 at 11:37
  • I wonder if the "improve edit/reject and edit" and "agree to close own post as duplicate" actions count here. Technically the votes are from Community, then. – muru Sep 12 '17 at 11:46
  • @muru thought about it, and yes, those aren't really direct votes. – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard Sep 12 '17 at 11:48
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    I don't think SE employees get moderator powers without a visible diamond (if you ignore a developer directly modifying the DB). The only exception I can think of was the CHAOS team, and they only had a limited power for a short time. – Mad Scientist Sep 12 '17 at 13:20
  • @MadScientist they do get, see this. I'm pretty sure they can do more than just add moderator tags, and it was not a CHAOS member as far as I can tell. – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard Sep 12 '17 at 13:25
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    According to this answer, the OP can only delete their own question if the answer doesn't have any upvotes, no matter the number of downvotes. So a question with one answer with 1 upvote and 10 downvotes can't be deleted by the OP. I don't think that's good, but that's the way it is. – Donald Duck Sep 12 '17 at 13:47
  • @DonaldDuck interesting, I always assumed positive score, not just upvote but guess I was wrong. – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard Sep 12 '17 at 13:50
  • community-user has a binding close vote for duplicates that are confirmed by asker ("This solved my problem") – gnat Sep 12 '17 at 15:19
  • @gnat That doesn't worth pointing out as the Community user is a ♦. – iBug says Reinstate Monica Sep 12 '17 at 22:43
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    @gnat also, Community is not really a user, the question here is about actual users and their binding votes. – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard Sep 12 '17 at 22:49

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