So, the other day, I apparently closed a question all by myself:

How do I write romance if I've never been in love?

I've never had that power before --not sure I like having it.

However, today, under similar circumstances, my close vote seemed only to rank like anyone else's:

When Truth Meets Fiction

Can anyone explain?

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You have a gold tag-badge in the tag.

Gold badge holders have the privilege of being able to unilaterally close questions as duplicates which have the relevant tag.

For questions without the tag - your vote is no different to anyone elses.

Gold tag badge holders have powers very similar to those of moderators in those questions.

  • Fascinating! I'll have to be judicious with my --relatively --new powers :D Sep 21, 2020 at 15:21
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    @ChrisSunamisupportsMonica I've adjusted the answer slightly - this decision for closure will only be decisive should you be voting to close it as a duplicate. For the full rules, please see the related question on MSE.
    – Catija
    Sep 22, 2020 at 20:59
  • I asked 6 years ago if (network wide) we could be reminded when our close votes are binding. meta.stackexchange.com/q/231625/147247 Oct 3, 2020 at 2:28

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