The following question has 5 votes to close, but it is not closed : Preparing for Set Theory Research

What is going on here? I'm not trying to start a discussion of the merits of this question (though obviously one can discuss this if needed -- I think that everyone made their opinion known on the comments thread, and I am not going to argue if people decide it should stay open). I'm just trying to understand the 2.0 closing mechanism.

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    $\begingroup$ Does this help - blog.stackoverflow.com/2013/06/the-war-of-the-closes/?cb=1 $\endgroup$ Jun 25, 2013 at 23:17
  • $\begingroup$ @FrançoisG.Dorais : Not sure how this answers the question. It's not marked "on hold" either. $\endgroup$ Jun 25, 2013 at 23:18
  • $\begingroup$ Might be a glitch but I didn't see it on MSO - meta.stackoverflow.com $\endgroup$ Jun 25, 2013 at 23:31
  • $\begingroup$ Closed now, probably was a glitch... $\endgroup$ Jun 25, 2013 at 23:33
  • $\begingroup$ Ah, ok. Probably just something acting weird since they are changing the close mechanism. $\endgroup$ Jun 25, 2013 at 23:35
  • $\begingroup$ @Francois, Andy: I don't think it's a glitch. There are six closing votes on that question. But note that the new closing system has been deployed at this time, so it might be that. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Jun 25, 2013 at 23:35
  • $\begingroup$ Might also be that Harry's vote didn't count somehow... $\endgroup$ Jun 25, 2013 at 23:39
  • $\begingroup$ @AsafKaragila : So we need six votes to close now instead of five? $\endgroup$ Jun 25, 2013 at 23:39
  • $\begingroup$ I have no idea. It might be some mixture on the close votes too. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Jun 25, 2013 at 23:39
  • $\begingroup$ I didn't see that announced anywhere. $\endgroup$ Jun 25, 2013 at 23:39
  • $\begingroup$ The post mathoverflow.net/questions/134737/… was closed with 5 votes. $\endgroup$ Jun 25, 2013 at 23:42
  • $\begingroup$ I have a feeling close votes don't count while users are suspended. Anybody want to get suspended? $\endgroup$ Jun 25, 2013 at 23:47
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    $\begingroup$ It's OK... it's for science, Asaf! $\endgroup$ Jun 26, 2013 at 0:06
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    $\begingroup$ Hahaha! Fun times on meta! $\endgroup$ Jun 26, 2013 at 0:29
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    $\begingroup$ @FrançoisG.Dorais A note: In general, don't try to test suspensions that way. A few mods were (lightly -- nothing serious) admonished a yearish ago for doing a similar experiment. Try to avoid experimenting with any action that sends an email out. :) $\endgroup$ Jun 26, 2013 at 1:15

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It appears that this was a glitch in the closing system. There was an unusual delay between the fifth vote and actual closure during which a sixth vote was cast.


Just to let Francois Dorais know -- I'm still suspended on meta, but I'll accept and vote up your answer once my suspension period is over. My suspension on the main site has been lifted.

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    $\begingroup$ It can take an hour or so before suspension is lifted from meta. (It's useful for keen eyed observers, so they know there's a problem with moderators fighting over some suspension...) $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Jun 26, 2013 at 0:40
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    $\begingroup$ This has been a very educational evening. $\endgroup$
    – user35703
    Jun 26, 2013 at 0:42
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    $\begingroup$ Wow, the fun just doesn't stop! $\endgroup$ Jun 26, 2013 at 0:50
  • $\begingroup$ Well, with all the experience I have from testing the quirks and features of the SE system... I'm just glad there's something to do with this knowledge. :-) $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Jun 26, 2013 at 0:52

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