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Note how the info to the right of the flag says I've commented


If it knows I've commented, it really shouldn't tell me to comment. I'm in the habit of commenting immediately after I close, so I can see this happening a lot. Even for mods who normally comment before closing, the rare occurrence of this flag when they forget or whatever should be dismissed on a comment just like deleting a post clears flags.

I also disagree with the general premise that mods should be nagged instead of being taught up front what to do when closing, but that's a subject for a different post. There's also the occasional question which is about apples or something, and it's not exactly necessary to leave a comment when closing as off-topic.

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What the heck is community doing? –  Won't Oct 19 '11 at 10:27
Drinking. Also, summitting. Which is harder than it looks. –  Shogging through the snow Oct 22 '11 at 3:13
Well that was the wrong bounty reason. Oops. –  Matthew Read Mar 8 '12 at 21:30
"There's also the occasional question which is about apples or something..." - On the Music site? Awesome =) –  jadarnel27 Mar 8 '12 at 21:42
The situation has grown even more absurd with custom close reasons, which are directly intended to save effort explaining our closes in the comments. –  Ziv Dec 5 '13 at 12:57
Given the newer clearer close reasons and the help center, sometimes a comment is not even needed. Mods would basically be repeating whats mentioned on the close banner just a few lines below. –  AsheeshR Dec 5 '13 at 13:36
This has always annoyed me. I generally reject Community's flag if I closed the question myself. Perhaps the little guy will eventually take a hint. –  Jamal Dec 5 '13 at 13:40

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This new behaviour (only on beta sites) is very very annoying and quite frankly I don't understand why they're nagging the mods. At the very least, this behaviour could be changed to:

If a mod closes a question and does't leave a comment/there's no other comment after 5 minutes from the time of closure, then raise a flag asking the mod to explain.

Meanwhile, you get to spend some quality time with Community, declining its flags.

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It's also triggered by migrated posts where you can't even leave a comment at all since they're locked. –  Anna Lear Oct 19 '11 at 14:35
@Anna True, that's what triggered in mine. We had a small discussion amongst other mods and Rebecca was mulling over excluding migrations and closed as dupes from triggering the flag. –  Lorem Ipsum Oct 19 '11 at 14:41

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