I flagged this question with the reason "This looks like brainstorming/idea gathering..." since I can't vote to close yet.

Weirdly, when I opened up the flagging menu again (I can't remember why) both the "closed for another" reason option and the "it is a duplicate" option were disabled, both with a warning saying I have raised this type of flag already. You can see this in the image below.

Flagging menu in question

What's up with this behavior? Are both supposed to be disabled for some reason? If so, shouldn't the option I didn't click have a different warning?

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I believe a few of the flags count as a flag to possibly close... thus disabling the other "close reason" flags (duplicate is a close reason as well).

In fact, I think only the "low quality" may not be considered a close reason.

.. just guessing here.

  • I think Spam flag is probably also different, especially as it contributes to higher spam blocking function.
    – Dom
    Jan 29, 2015 at 13:33
  • Shouldn't it say some other warning if this is the case? Jan 29, 2015 at 14:25
  • Yup. The logic is that a close vote is just a certain type of flag (sorta) (or maybe the other way around) so if you've voted to close, then you've already flagged to close.
    – hairboat
    Jan 29, 2015 at 19:58
  • Terrible UI, though. No disputing that.
    – hairboat
    Jan 29, 2015 at 19:58

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