# When a moderator closes a question, do they consult with the other moderators first?

Shortly after π-day 2015 was first posted, it was closed by Daniel Fischer, a moderator, as “too broad”. Normally five users’ votes are required to close a question, but when a moderator votes to close, as in this case, the question is closed instantly. In this case Daniel Fischer’s vote was the only one.

I am only curious to know whether the moderators discussed and agreed on the closure ahead of time, or if Daniel Fischer acted alone. I would also be interested to know what the moderators’ usual procedure is in cases like this.

I hope that the moderators will take this question as it was intended, purely as a request for information about moderator practices, and not suspect that I have any further motive, because I have none.

Thanks.

• Why has this received a vote to close as "off-topic"? A question about math.se moderator procedures is certainly on-topic for meta.math.se.
– MJD
Mar 22 '15 at 3:26
• The question is whether or not the user who voted to close this meta post has consulted his thousands of fellow users before voting to close. :-)
– Asaf Karagila Mod
Mar 22 '15 at 6:25
• The only people who can answer this question are the moderators. Isn't there a way to ask a moderator a question without posting it here on meta? Mar 22 '15 at 7:58
• There is, as a matter of fact. I'm not a moderator, obviously, but if precedent is anything to go by, in many cases moderators don't consult each other on something like simply closing a question (which can be overturned by regular users, but even so). Mar 22 '15 at 8:37
• Moderators don't need to consult others about moderating the site, their judgement is (usually) sound and that's why they are moderators in the first place. Mar 22 '15 at 9:56
• @Gerry I asked the question in a moderator flag last week, but received no reply. I thought the answer might be of general interest, so I posted it here.
– MJD
Mar 22 '15 at 12:58

In the specific case mentioned in the question, I did not consult the other moderators before closing the question because a) I was sufficiently sure that the question was too broad ("Please share anything useful or fun that you know of concerning $\pi$.") and b) I didn't see any other moderator around at that time.