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I recently asked a question, and in a comment Eric Wofsey observed that it was substantially similar to an earlier question I had not seen.

I agreed, and voted to close my own question. I expected that this would close it immediately, but it didn't.

Instead, the close vote was handled the same as if someone else had voted to close: it was only the first of the five required close votes. But also the Community Bot posted a banner that only I could see, advising me that a community member had identified a potential duplicate, and inviting me to close the question myself.

This I did, and it is now closed. But it seems strange to me that the process should require two steps. I am not sure whether to tag this as or .

Previously: OP has complete self-deletion power. Why does OP not have complete self-close power?

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    $\begingroup$ FYI, see the network Meta post Self closing as duplicate. $\endgroup$ Mar 1, 2023 at 0:38
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks. That's a real programmer's answer, isn't it! $\endgroup$
    – MJD
    Mar 1, 2023 at 3:10

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