This question:

Got closed and migrated to SF after I cast the 5th close vote. But counting mine, there were only 3 votes to migrate it to SF. There was one vote to migrate to SU, and another for Off-Topic I think.

I think I saw somewhere that you need 5 votes under the same category to successfully close a question. Or is that just not the case?

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    I was shocked that this wasn't already in the FAQ; I've added it. – Pops Aug 16 '10 at 14:10

That's just not the case. You need 5 votes to close, but they don't all have to be for the same reason.


That is just not the case. Five total votes, plurality rules. In case of ties, the earliest reason wins. (Thanks @commenters.)

  • I'm pretty sure plurality does rule. – gnostradamus Aug 16 '10 at 13:58
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    In the event of a tie between majorities, the earlier close reason wins. – Grace Note Aug 16 '10 at 13:59

As noted, it only requires 5 total votes to close a question.

Distinguish Close Votes By Reason:

All that matters is that [a user wants] the question to be closed. The specific reason is simply a way of providing feedback to the [OP].

Migration are tools that are meant to ease the users into posting on the correct site, but it secondary to the primary reason of keeping the original site clean. So, it does not matter if 5 users disagree about why a question is inappropriate, they have still reached the threshold of users indicated that this question is, at the very least, inappropriate.

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