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I noticed, that in the description page for the cast-close privilege at the very bottom it mentions several alternatives to closing. One of the alternatives is

If the question is a duplicate, post a comment with a link to the original.

I thought, this was replaced/amended by flagging a post as duplicate. Shouldn't the description be changed to reflect that?

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I think that those directives are more geared towards situations when you are out of close votes. That way, if you leave a comment, others will be inclined to vote to close as a duplicate.

When you are able to vote to close, any flags you put towards duplicates, etc (except for spam and those with specific reasons written in) are converted to close votes.

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But the part starts with: "If you don't have enough reputation to cast close votes.." – nfechner Aug 9 '11 at 11:22
@nfechner I see what you are saying, but I think it's more directed towards the second half of that statement of running out of close votes. I don't think it's trying to be the official word on flagging, but perhaps it should be edited out. – jonsca Aug 9 '11 at 11:27
@nfechner - If you have enough reputation to cast a close vote, the comment and link will be added automatically. – Bo Persson Aug 9 '11 at 12:55

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