I just cast a closevote on Usage of 'Jealous'. A few minutes later I noticed user "Community" had resoundingly endorsed my vote and actually closed the question (no other votes were cast).

Since Community claims to be a "background process" rather than a real person, I don't really understand how it does this. I know that on ELU I can unilaterally close questions with those specific tags for which I have a gold badge, but that doesn't seem to be the mechanism here. My "unilateral" closevotes on ELU show a diamond after my username on the closevote notification, and no endorsement from Community (which only stepped in a week later, to delete the question I'd closed as a dup in that link).

By what logic does Community decide whether my dup closevote should be immediately forced through without waiting for support from either a mod, or four other users?


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MARamezani's answer is correct. But you don't need a moderator or anyone else to confirm this - you can verify it yourself by hovering your mouse cursor over Community's user name on your question:

This question's author approved a pending duplicate vote

The little pop-up text tells the whole story.

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    I'm constantly impressed by the numerous ways in which the SE site programmers "go the extra mile". I should have had more faith, and studied the page itself to find an answer, rather than raising it here. (But since it has been raised here, I'll just say I hope those guys get reasonable wages for their sterling performance! :) Commented Mar 25, 2015 at 17:45

With regards to the recent meta post on a user's ability to admit their question is a duplicate

As of the 9th of March, the banner shown to askers whose questions have attracted at least one duplicate close vote has a couple of new options: If the author clicks the first button, they're shown a confirmation that clarifies the results of this action somewhat:

If they click "Ok", the question is instantly closed:

Which is what I think happened to that question.

  • Ah. So effectively, Community is endorsing the OP's decision to accept my closevote, rather than directly endorsing me. That sounds like a rational/justifiable "bot-logic" approach to me, but I'll wait for confirmation from someone who definitely knows how it works before "ACCEPTING". Commented Mar 25, 2015 at 17:15

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