Just out of curiosity, when a question gets closed with 2 votes for one reason, 2 for another and 1 vote for something else, how is the final close reason determined? Possible methods I can think of are:

  • Based on the first vote cast for one of the two vote close reasons
  • Selected alphabetically
  • Based on the order they are listed as close reasons in the pop-up
  • Toss of an electronic coin
  • Based on the most commonly used of the two possible reasons

Or it might be something else I haven't considered.

  • If a mod casts the last vote then whatever they choose.
    – user9517
    Oct 26, 2012 at 8:58
  • And if a mere mortal casts it? Oct 26, 2012 at 9:02

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As Iain points out, Mods can hammer the Question as they see fit.
If the pair of 2s were Migrate, but to different sites, then it will be closed Off-Topic.
Otherwise the first vote out of all five will be the close reason.

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    I assume then if the first vote was the odd one then the next vote would apply. Oct 27, 2012 at 0:03

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