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Mark flags as valid if question is subsequently closed for the exact reason (eg not a real question) as the original flag

I've seen the other questions here about questions being closed, and people being mad that their flags were marked as invalid. But those seem to be on "flag as not a real question", or it was vote-closed by the community.

This one was closed by a moderator as exact duplicate, which is what I had flagged it for prior to closing.

Surely if a moderator deems the post to be an exact duplicate, my flag is actually valid? I'd not be upset with a "disputed" marking, since marking it as "invalid" directly conflicts with what the moderator who closed the question thinks, and therefore the flag would be under dispute.

EDIT: I propose that questions which are closed by a moderator for a particular reason, automatically mark flags for that given reason as "Valid".

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marked as duplicate by Won't Aug 22 '11 at 16:38

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@Hendrik Not a dupe, that one regards a question marked as "Not a real question", which differs significantly from "exact duplicate" as "not a real question" is far more subjective. –  Cyclone Aug 22 '11 at 15:58
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This happens apparently because we're not all linked to cybernetic perfection like the Borg collective. –  Grant Thomas Aug 22 '11 at 16:04
    
No doubt, but it raises the point that something needs to be done to prevent it from happening –  Cyclone Aug 22 '11 at 16:06
    
@Cyclone: Naturally. Cybernetic implants, of course; a suggestion for branded ones could be made here. –  Grant Thomas Aug 22 '11 at 16:07
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@Cyclone: It says "eg" in the title of that question, so it's not only about "Not a real question". And our short discussion shows that "exact duplicate" is also subjective :-) –  Hendrik Vogt Aug 22 '11 at 16:07
    
@Hendrik: The question itself focused on that one type of flag however, and "exact duplicate" is far less subjective than "not a real question". It's easy to see when a questions content is close to that of another question, but hard to tell if it isn't really a question without being an expert on the subject, as it was decided in that question you linked to. –  Cyclone Aug 22 '11 at 16:13
    
@Cyclone Someone else commented on that question pointing to another question about flagging as Very Low Quality. It doesn't matter why you flagged it; your flag was valid, yet marked as invalid. That's the only point under consideration, the degree of subjectivity is irrelevant. All 3 of these questions are the same. –  Matthew Read Aug 22 '11 at 16:25
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Oh look, another one of these questions. –  Won't Aug 22 '11 at 16:39

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In response to your edit:

I propose that questions which are closed by a moderator for a particular reason, automatically mark flags for that given reason as "Valid".

This is already the case, but only for currently active flags. If a moderator manually marks your flag as "invalid" then that's the final result of your flag, regardless of whether the community, another moderator, or the same moderator later closes the question for any reason.

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Well, it sometimes happens to me also. It's probably the wrong button on in the moderator's tools; however, I don't think you can do much about this.

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Surely there could be an auto "valid" mark if a question is closed for the exact same reason you flagged? –  Cyclone Aug 22 '11 at 15:56
    
I think yes it could, good idea –  genesis Aug 22 '11 at 15:56
    
Edited the question to include that suggestion –  Cyclone Aug 22 '11 at 16:04

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