This question is prompted by: Add a way for moderators to cast a normal, non binding close/open vote and Do moderators not have a way to just push a post into the close queue?. Basically, some diamond moderators don't always want to diamond-hammer close questions.

A workaround is to create a new account, earn 3000 rep, then cast regular close votes from that account.

Question: May a diamond moderator utilize a second, non-diamond account e.g. to cast regular close votes?

It is not a problem to have multiple accounts, as long as they aren't voting for each other and doing other sockpuppet-y things.
Jeff Atwood

I worry this might be considered "sockpuppet-y".

The diamond close hammer is sometimes excessive, particularly on smaller sites where moderators are sometimes the most active users.

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    As diamond moderators are highly trusted users, having a second account does not prevent the possibility of sockpuppeting votes. Instead, diamonds should comment to convince the community to closevote. – Ṃųỻịgǻňạcểơửṩ Jan 3 at 3:44
  • You don't have to earn 3,000 rep; you can just earn 15 rep, then cast recommend closure flags. – Sonic the K-Day Hedgehog Jan 3 at 6:41

@Shog9's advice to moderators is:

When you see a post you think should be closed, close it. When you see a post you think should be re-opened, re-open it. If you're not sure, don't do either.

You are suggesting that when a moderator sees a question that they think should be closed that they have an option to use a second account to cast an ordinary close-vote.

They do not. Moderators are expected to moderate and not to equivocate.

Also, as commented by @RonMaupin:

Casting close and reopen votes requires 3000 reputation points

so the second account you suggest creating may be difficult to keep legal without accidentally having your accounts interact to one or other's advantage.

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By right - as long as you don't use both accounts to vote, it should be fine.

Practically, the situations where you absolutely need a non-binding close vote get less over time, you either get the community to do it, or just figure you need to do eventually.Getting the 3k reputation itself is trivial (I have about 900 rep on on my alt account, after giving away about 1.2k rep)- just that o most sites it dosen't matter as much

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  • Wouldn't using both accounts to close a question be sort of a waste? At least one of those is a binding vote. You shouldn't use multiple accounts to issue an Upvote/Downvote obviously – Ramhound Jan 3 at 6:12
  • Well yes. 😁 But let's not get stuck on the details. That's to say .. I forgot about it. – Journeyman Geek Jan 3 at 6:15
  • The "possible duplicate" wishing expert(s) in the tag to confirm is the only real case I can think off. – Ian Ringrose Jan 3 at 12:36
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    I usually deal with that with comments or chat abuse - both my sites have enough chat activity for the latter. – Journeyman Geek Jan 3 at 12:38

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