Inspired by this question on Worldbuilding Meta, where a user noted that a question was closed by two ♦ moderators:

For some people it might be obvious what happened here: one of the moderators wasn't a moderator when closing the question, so their vote only counted as one.

A collector of Stack Exchange curiosa will naturally ask the following question: is there any question in the network closed by five people who are now moderators (as part of regular close voting, not testing the API)?

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The answer is (at the moment of posting) no; there are quite a few questions closed by 4 now-moderators, but none by 5. This SEDE query lists all of them, here are a couple of results across the network:

Most questions are from Cross Validated.

The list with ♦ moderators was scraped from here and is not updated automatically. For that reason, and the fact that some closed questions are deleted by e.g. Roomba, the list above may be outdated. Feel free to fork the SEDE query to make an updated list.

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    Did you try to add Community user in moderator list? I know that technically this user isn't a moderator. But it has a diamond :) Oct 2, 2018 at 18:30
  • No, and employees aren't included either. I haven't checked all questions closed by 4 moderators in the query results, but I doubt there will be cases where Community is the 5th user.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Oct 2, 2018 at 18:37
  • Community on the 5th place is ordinary case. Oct 2, 2018 at 18:43
  • Did the third one get reopened after you posted or something? I'm not seeing that one as closed. Or is it something to do with how SEDE might treat reopened questions?
    – JMac
    Oct 2, 2018 at 19:40
  • @JMac the Ask Ubuntu one? i.stack.imgur.com/73gy4.png
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Oct 2, 2018 at 19:41
  • @Glorfindel Oh that's weird. I wasn't registered for that site, and for some reason that link was taking me right to the marked duplicate without saying anything. I registered for ask Ubuntu and refreshed, still the same page. Then I closed the tab and clicked the link again, and it took me to the right one. Does it automatically take people who aren't logged in to linked duplicates instead of closed questions?
    – JMac
    Oct 2, 2018 at 19:45
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    Yes, that's a known feature. I could have avoided that by adding ?noredirect=1 to the URLs but I'm lazy ... and it messes up Meta's feature to automatically determine question titles from bare URLs.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Oct 2, 2018 at 19:46
  • Interesting... did you count also posts on all site's Metas as well?
    – DarkCygnus
    Oct 2, 2018 at 23:41
  • @DarkCygnus I thought I had, and they are selected, but there's a mistake in showing the results since the #sites table doesn't contain metas. I found one question on a child meta closed by 4 moderators, none by 5. The query has been updated, thanks for asking about it!
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Oct 3, 2018 at 6:34
  • 😆 = Known + feature.
    – Rob
    Oct 4, 2018 at 7:23
  • Hi @Glorfindel could there have been an update to this list after the appointment of the MSE-mods?
    – MEE
    Nov 25, 2018 at 13:05
  • And there are questions closed only by mods (and more than 1 o/c). (not exactly what was asked, but ... MSE example: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/146460/…)
    – MEE
    Nov 25, 2018 at 13:06
  • Here is an update, but no new records. There are no questions here on Meta closed by 3 or more moderators. I suspect there are plenty closed by two.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Nov 25, 2018 at 18:13
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    Only two of your questions are still (a) visible and (b) closed by 4 now-mods. Sep 23, 2019 at 10:48

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