This (now deleted) SO question somehow ended up with 14 people voting to close and migrate it. For each extra vote, an extra copy of the question appeared to have been created on Meta (though they have now been cleaned up).

Now a similar problem has occurred on this Meta question where close votes are still somehow being cast.

This was supposedly fixed months ago, but it's clearly still a problem. I blame Jarrod and his goto statement. =P


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Update This is now happening again: SO question and one of the migrations

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    Related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/19299/… However, unlike the previous incidents, I've noticed that people are still voting to migrate that question.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    May 26, 2010 at 18:24
  • The question is: should we waste our close votes to clean up the mess?
    – Jon Seigel
    May 26, 2010 at 18:26
  • @ccomet: Yes, it's up to 14 votes now. May 26, 2010 at 18:26
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    @Jon I flagged the original post for moderator attention and listed the first 4 duplicate IDs.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    May 26, 2010 at 18:26
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    @gnovices-exchange Checking the revision history, this has been occurring over the span of 12 minutes, so this doesn't sound like a "race condition" error anymore.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    May 26, 2010 at 18:27
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    How the heck did Joel vote twice on this ? meta.stackexchange.com/questions/51309/… May 26, 2010 at 18:57
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    @Essjaaay: The virus has mutated and spread to Meta! May 26, 2010 at 19:05
  • Maybe it's just a really, really important question. I mean, "repercussions" - that sounds ominous.
    – Aarobot
    May 26, 2010 at 19:20
  • @gnov & @aaro LOL! May 26, 2010 at 20:06
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    "... it can only be Jarrod!" Edit: 10 random upvotes to anyone who can find and link to an actual Commercial for Jared's with that stupid jingle.
    – Randolpho
    May 26, 2010 at 20:22
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    @Randolpho: Check the new edit. ;) May 26, 2010 at 20:44
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    What is Jared's?
    – mmyers
    May 26, 2010 at 20:48
  • @mmyers: It's a chain of jewelry stores: jared.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/home|10451|10001|-1| May 26, 2010 at 20:49
  • @gnovices-exchange: I found that one... not a real commercial, but gets the general gist well enough. I'll give you.... 3 random upvotes.
    – Randolpho
    May 26, 2010 at 20:56
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    It's happened again; still too localized? meta.stackexchange.com/questions/51577/…
    – Pops
    May 28, 2010 at 15:46

2 Answers 2


CPU spiked to 100% across all 4 CPUs on one web server (we're still looking at why) and caused some odd side effects. This being one of them.

Closing as "too localized"

  • I've seen it happen a couple more times in the last day. Maybe it's not so localized, unless the servers are routinely getting hammered on. May 28, 2010 at 16:27
  • @gnovices yes, it is possible to have race conditions on migration -- that's a known issue. May 28, 2010 at 17:00
  • I know about the race conditions, but that doesn't appear to be what happened on, for example, this question that was closed as NARQ: stackoverflow.com/questions/2935364/…. The repeated closings are spread across 5 minutes. May 29, 2010 at 14:53
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    Jeff, this is happening again. See the update that I put into the question. I think that this happening multiple times is common enough to not be closed as "too localized"
    – Earlz
    Jun 1, 2010 at 0:14
  • I blame Jarrod... Jun 1, 2010 at 0:19
  • These side-effects should be caught and cleaned up after, automatically.
    – Ether
    Jun 1, 2010 at 0:50

This is hopefully fixed - we had to make some changes in how we were locking questions during close voting.

We'll be monitoring migrations closely :)

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