I'm curious, what if a question has 4 votes, 2 for one reason, 2 for other, and the fifth person chooses a third... what is the official close reason?

  • Probably the first one selected
    – ChrisF Mod
    Commented Dec 11, 2009 at 15:36
  • It went with "No longer relevant", like Chris, I'd assume that was the first reason added. Commented Dec 11, 2009 at 15:37
  • @Timothy, what did you vote? Post it as an answer so I can accept it!
    – juan
    Commented Dec 11, 2009 at 15:39
  • "No longer relevant" was the first reason selected.
    – random
    Commented Dec 11, 2009 at 15:42
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    It is the first one selected. The same if there are 5 different reasons selected. Commented Dec 11, 2009 at 15:43
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    Using the first one seems to violate the principle that order doesn't matter. It should perform a shuffle and pick one at random to be consistent with the answer behavior. :-)
    – tvanfosson
    Commented Dec 11, 2009 at 16:33
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    ...of course, if random was one of the people voting to close, he'd obviously have an advantage with this method.
    – tvanfosson
    Commented Dec 11, 2009 at 16:36
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    On a serious note -- I submitted a feature request to show the close reason for each user at meta.stackexchange.com/questions/2519/….
    – tvanfosson
    Commented Dec 11, 2009 at 17:09
  • Should this be converted into an FAQ? (Should another be posted instead?) Would mean retagging, editing, and wikifying, but the content would remain largely the same.
    – Gnome
    Commented Jun 3, 2010 at 13:33
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    Lets try it on this question, shall we? Commented Jul 2, 2014 at 15:36
  • How can this be a duplicate of a question asked 2 years later? It should be the other way around
    – juan
    Commented Dec 22, 2017 at 19:14

1 Answer 1


With two selections each for No longer relevant and Too Localized, I selected Not Stack Overflow related. It now shows no longer relevant as the close reason.

Where there are two selections, the last vote cast breaks the tie.

In the case of five different reasons chosen, the first selected will be the one that triumphs.

  • No longer relevant was the first as witness by the first name on the list.
    – random
    Commented Dec 11, 2009 at 15:44
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    Thanks for the info random person
    – juan
    Commented Dec 11, 2009 at 15:45
  • This doesn't rule out random selection. Commented Dec 11, 2009 at 16:46
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    Why would random get to pick? What if he didn't vote to close?
    – mmyers
    Commented Dec 11, 2009 at 19:41

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