I just clicked the 'delete' button on a post that already had 2 votes to delete. A notification box popped up saying:

Vote to delete this post? (21 votes remaining)

I clicked on 'OK' and the post was promptly deleted, having garnered only 3 delete votes.

This has happened many times before: the number of votes listed as remaining is always much larger than the actual number of votes actually required for it to be deleted. IME, 3 votes from Trusted Users is enough to delete a question, but the notification always says 20 or 21. Looks like a bug to me.

  • $\begingroup$ Can you include a link to the post(s) in question? $\endgroup$
    – user20
    Commented Jun 11, 2015 at 8:08
  • $\begingroup$ @Emrakul Sure, I'll edit to do so. (I didn't originally because I prefer not to advertise my downvotes and votes to close/delete as some people take it as a personal attack - especially since this was an edge case and I wasn't entirely sure whether or not to delete it.) $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 11, 2015 at 8:16
  • $\begingroup$ @Emrakul Link added! Only to the one I deleted today; it's happened loads of times, but it'd be hard for me to track down any more since deleted posts aren't searchable. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 11, 2015 at 8:17

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"21 votes remaining" is referring to how many delete votes you have remaining for that day, not the post. That is, you have 21 remaining delete votes that you can use that UTC day.

For more information, see this meta.SE post.

  • $\begingroup$ If I'm right, it's the same for flags! For example I've 14 daily, but the number changes, depending on reputation and old successful flags. $\endgroup$
    – leoll2
    Commented Jun 11, 2015 at 15:05
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks. Confusing choice of words - I'm sure I'm not the only one to have misinterpreted it! Maybe someone with a presence on main meta such as yourself could raise it with the higher-ups? $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 12, 2015 at 8:40

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