But it should be put on hold for duplicate. Why on hold for off-topic? It is clearly about math.

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I initiated the close vote, and selected the reason "not about mathematics." The original asker had blanked the post, editing it with a message about a desired that the question be deleted; since it wasn't a question anymore, I voted to close it as not on-topic.

Another user has since reverted the edits and restored the content in the question, and so I agree that closure-as-duplicate would be a better option. As far as I know, the only way to change the closure reason would be to reopen the question and then close it again. Since I doubt that it would be possible to find 5 users to vote to reopen, I'd suggest flagging the question for a moderator and linking to a proposed duplicate; they can open and close questions unilaterally.

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  • $\begingroup$ I'll check for the edit history next time. Thanks! $\endgroup$ – Don Larynx Dec 20 '13 at 6:39
  • $\begingroup$ P.S. last time I saw you at 4k back in august.. what an improvement! $\endgroup$ – Don Larynx Dec 20 '13 at 6:39
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    $\begingroup$ I've reopened it and closed it as a duplicate now. $\endgroup$ – Michael Greinecker Dec 20 '13 at 9:18
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    $\begingroup$ When a user blanks a question, you should not vote to close based on the new version, but roll back to the original. $\endgroup$ – Tobias Kildetoft Dec 20 '13 at 11:57

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