I proposed a possible duplicate for this question and it received four close votes (including mine) with the fifth vote attributed to the Community user.

Under what circumstances does the Community user vote to close a possible duplicate?

(Purely a matter of curiosity on my part; obviously, I have no objection to the outcome.)

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You can hover over Community's username in the vote to close listing to find out why it voted:

This question's author approved a pending duplicate vote.

This happens because of this feature:

Is your question a duplicate? dialogue

When a question has close votes as a duplicate, the author is presented with a dialogue to either edit to clarify, or mark their question as a duplicate. By clicking "That solved my problem!", the Community user places a binding close vote and the question is marked a duplicate.

The Community user is shown rather than the author because:

  • the author doesn't get a binding close vote on their question, so it wouldn't actually be closed

  • the author might not even have close vote privileges (like shown here), so it wouldn't make much sense to show them as a close voter.

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    See also this main meta post where the announcement of this feature was made.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Apr 29, 2017 at 10:41
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    You know a lot for a linux penguin.
    – KyloRen
    Commented Apr 29, 2017 at 14:52
  • Huh. Guess I don't ask enough questions, I've never seen that dialog. Thanks! Commented Apr 29, 2017 at 21:45

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