Today, I noticed two questions being hammered closed by “community;” here is one example: How can I appropriately call my professor?. While both questions might have been candidates for closure for the reasons given, I am wondering if this is something I just missed seeing in my years on stackexchange, or a new feature (e.g., using ML to find likely candidates for closure). If it’s an algorithm, I find it a bit risky as false positives will happen, and re-opening a good question is harder than closing a bad one.

1 Answer 1


See Bryan's answer here. In short: the vote by community user indicates that OP agreed their question was a duplicate. You can see this by mousing over "community" in the question's timeline.

  • Thanks for clarifying! Apr 18, 2021 at 19:02
  • 1
    If the OP closed it themselves, shouldn't the interface say "closed XX days ago by <authorname>" rather than "closed XX days ago by Community", though? This would be clearer and more factually accurate. May 16, 2021 at 7:35
  • Yes, it would be clearer. The rationale behind the current message (which we as Academia.SE cannot change) is that OP cannot actually close their own post; rather, their vote to close triggers the AutoMod, which mod hammers it closed. "Community" is the name of the AutoMod.
    – cag51 Mod
    Jun 26, 2021 at 23:58

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .