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I think it would be useful for those that have the privilege of casting close votes to know exactly what happens when a user has a question closed.

What does a user see when their question is closed? Do they get a notification informing them that the question is closed?

Personally, answers to these questions could definitely affect my decisions regarding close votes in the future.

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    $\begingroup$ I'm tempted to close this question, so you could see for yourself! :-) $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Jul 24 '14 at 4:30
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    $\begingroup$ When I have had questions closed, I couldn't see anything through the tears. $\endgroup$ – Fred Kline Aug 1 '14 at 5:32
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    $\begingroup$ Sounds of an immature boarding school chant from the corner: Asaf, Asaf, Asaf, Asaf, Asaf, Asaf, Asaf, ... $\endgroup$ – copper.hat Aug 3 '14 at 7:10
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Do they get a notification informing them that the question is closed?

At present, they do not (see In which way the OP is notified about close votes?). There is an old and popular feature request asking for this to be changed: Send authors an inbox message if their question gets closed.

Usually at least one comment is left before a question is closed, which serves as a kind of notification. When I review a question in the Close Queue and there are no comments yet, I usually post one.

Still, this isn't a satisfactory state of things. I don't know what's stopping SE from sending a notification of similar style as for expired bounties. For what it's worth (which is nothing) I put a bounty on that feature request.

What does a user see when their question is closed?

Almost the same thing you see. For duplicates, the language is a bit different: it mentions editing the post rather than asking a new question. And the banner on top of the question is visible to them sooner, after the first duplicate vote.

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  • $\begingroup$ I believe that when closing for a duplicate the users sees a banner while closing in progress. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Jul 24 '14 at 5:21
  • $\begingroup$ @AsafKaragila Yes, that too. I had a couple of questions closed as a duplicate on Meta. $\endgroup$ – user147263 Jul 24 '14 at 5:23
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No. I had a question closed and I didn't get a notification. Then my question was deleted. There wasn't even a comment.

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    $\begingroup$ Sorry. I don't like comment-less closures myself (having closed thousands of questions by now). The comment I usually add, with some variations, is "See math notation guide and advice on asking good questions." I have a bookmarklet inserting it with one click... $\endgroup$ – user147263 Aug 5 '14 at 23:21

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