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When someone flags a question with a close reason, that question appears on the flags page.

If someone then votes to close for that very reason, it stays on the flags page, taking up space and demanding mod attention.

  1. Perhaps if the only flags are close reasons, it could live on another page, where us 10k+ types could concentrate, leaving the mods to worry about the other flags?

  2. Once there's a matching close vote, why not clear the flag and let the usual close-vote-following mechanism do its job?

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Once there's a matching close vote, why not clear the flag and let the usual close-vote-following mechanism do its job?

Because uninteresting questions sometimes fail to get enough views to achieve close velocity. This is one of the specific use-cases for mod flags: to close questions that will not otherwise get closed because they slip under the radar.

However, I would be in favor of the mod flag disappearing from the list if the post closes naturally, and the flag is a "request to close" type flag.

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that already happens, fyi –  Jeff Atwood Aug 25 '11 at 5:26
    
How about if more than one close flag of any kind removed it from the list? That's evidence of velocity. –  Rosinante Aug 25 '11 at 11:37
    
@Rosinante: If a question doesn't get any close votes, it generally doesn't need to be closed. The ones that lose velocity already have two or three close votes on them. –  Robert Harvey Aug 25 '11 at 20:31
    
Hmm. Well, I stand by my semi-theory: it's up to us 10k types to deal with closes (we all have plenty-o-votes), and the diamonds should be free to concentrate on using larger hammers. –  Rosinante Aug 25 '11 at 22:22

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