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What happens if a fifth person chooses a different reason to close?

Is there priority of Close Votes' reasons?

I've noticed that subjective and argumentative has more priority than exact duplicate on this question, each of them had same 2 votes (I've voted as too localized for 5th vote)

How about others? It will be good to know priority of those too.

"id":1,"name":"exact duplicate"
"id":2,"name":"not programming related"
"id":3,"name":"subjective and argumentative"
"id":4,"name":"not a real question"
"id":7,"name":"too localized"
"id":104,"name":"belongs on meta.stackoverflow.com"
"id":102,"name":"belongs on serverfault.com",
"id":103,"name":"belongs on superuser.com"


I've participated in close as exact duplicate, but please just don't delete it, this one has proper answer to reference later on

  • Perhaps the 2 'exact dup' votes point to different dup posts and the priority got splitted. :P
    – o.k.w
    Feb 17, 2010 at 2:25
  • @random, the answer is random? are you sure?
    – YOU
    Feb 17, 2010 at 2:28
  • When the votes are split, first one selected is what's chosen.
    – random
    Feb 17, 2010 at 2:30
  • 2
    @S.Mark, not random but 1st come 1st serve I think
    – o.k.w
    Feb 17, 2010 at 2:30
  • Imm, its kind of mysterious then, I can't know which one was first selected.
    – YOU
    Feb 17, 2010 at 2:49
  • Since it was closed as subjective and argumentative, that was the first chosen.
    – random
    Feb 17, 2010 at 3:06
  • I'm also participating in close as exact duplicate, but please just don't delete it, this one has proper answer to reference later on.
    – YOU
    Feb 17, 2010 at 10:52
  • Meta dupes are hardly ever deleted.
    – random
    Feb 17, 2010 at 11:09

2 Answers 2


The last vote cast has priority in the case of tiebreakers. Has nothing to do with the ID numbers in the table.

  • Ok, that make sense, and the mystery got cleared :-) thanks Jeff
    – YOU
    Feb 17, 2010 at 4:53

Well, of course Exact Duplicate isn't chosen as much as 'Subjective and Argumentative'...

You have to click type in the ID of the question that you think it is a duplicate of.


It's more work....

This has been a public service announcement by the LPA (Lazy Programmer Association)

  • 1
    Ermm, the OP already said each has 2 votes
    – o.k.w
    Feb 17, 2010 at 2:22
  • I've rephased, I voted as too localized for 5th vote.
    – YOU
    Feb 17, 2010 at 2:23
  • 4
    Am I the only one who searches to find a different duplicate than the one(s) already selected? You guys are all fat slobs.
    – Ether
    Feb 17, 2010 at 3:50
  • Not as lazy as Downvoter who votes whatever because he's too lazy to select a dupe already selected: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/39632/… @eth
    – random
    Feb 17, 2010 at 4:00
  • It's less work than you think: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/21826/…
    – John Rasch
    Feb 17, 2010 at 4:39

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