This question was VTCd once as a duplicate, and then promptly closed by the Community bot. Ordinarily one would need four votes for the question to be closed. Alternatively, it would require the voter to possess a gold badge in the tag, which isn't the case here.

What gives?

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This happens when the author of the question accepts the duplicate.

See New UI encourages askers to confirm or dispute duplicate votes on main meta.

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It is also mentioned in the FAQ:

Who can close a question?

  • Users with at least 250 reputation may vote to close their own questions
  • Users with at least 3,000 (500 on beta sites) reputation may vote to close any question (see limits below)
  • Moderators may close any question (regardless of their reputation) with a single vote
  • Users who hold a gold badge for one of the question's tags may close as duplicate with a single vote, within limits that prevent gaming the system
  • If there are pending votes or flags to close a question as a duplicate of a certain target question, the question owner can indirectly bindingly close the question as a duplicate of that target (the Community user will cast the actual vote)
  • The same users who can vote to close questions can also vote to reopen them
  • Users can also retract/cancel their close vote by clicking the close button again and clicking the "Retract Vote" button (you can't cast a close vote again on that question).
  • Oh there's acceptance involved? I guess I should post bad questions more often, to familiarise myself with the site features I might never see otherwise.
    – mustaccio
    Commented Dec 17, 2021 at 18:25
  • Yes indeed. Added some more detail to the answer.
    – Paul White Mod
    Commented Dec 17, 2021 at 18:30

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