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If five users with at least 3k reputation vote to close a question, it gets closed with the closing reason chosen by the majority appearing as the official closing reason. There are five possible reasons for closing at MSE. So I'm curious what happens if there is no majority reason. What happens with the vote tallys 2:2:1, 2:1:1:1 and 1:1:1:1:1?

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    $\begingroup$ Well... we could use this question to find out. ;) $\endgroup$
    – user642796
    Commented Nov 1, 2012 at 11:49
  • $\begingroup$ @ArthurFischer Please do! I'm serious. But leave a comment stating your closing reason afterwards for the record. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 1, 2012 at 11:51
  • $\begingroup$ Closed as off topic... $\endgroup$
    – user642796
    Commented Nov 1, 2012 at 11:57
  • $\begingroup$ Closed as non-constructive $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Commented Nov 1, 2012 at 13:31
  • $\begingroup$ (Also, if we want to make this scientific, please each person use a different closing reason, and moderators: please do not close at all. You have a binding vote which binds the reason) $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Commented Nov 1, 2012 at 13:31
  • $\begingroup$ Closed as not a real question $\endgroup$
    – TMM
    Commented Nov 1, 2012 at 13:34
  • $\begingroup$ too localized, vote to close. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 1, 2012 at 14:08
  • $\begingroup$ closed as duplicate ... looks like my reason wins. $\endgroup$
    – GEdgar
    Commented Nov 1, 2012 at 15:02
  • $\begingroup$ @AsafKaragila: Thanks :-) $\endgroup$
    – robjohn Mod
    Commented Nov 1, 2012 at 16:05
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    $\begingroup$ @GEdgar: This is because you are the only one which had a tenured position and all that, the rest of us are just Ph.D. students and postdocs... :-) $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Commented Nov 1, 2012 at 23:16

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See https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/10583/151385 for the details on Meta.SO. It states

What if multiple close reasons are used on a question?

If a moderator participates in the closure, the reason the moderator selects is displayed. Otherwise, the question gets closed with the most frequently given reason. If there is a tie, the latest reason is used. However, if multiple potential duplicates were suggested, all of them will be displayed in the automatically generated "possible duplicates" box.

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