As we know, it's By-Design that flags for closing as exact duplicates are converted to close votes when the person has the power to close. All is as it should be.
However, when that person runs out of close votes, they can no longer flag exact duplicates (that option is taken away). I believe this to be sub-optimal, as I have to manually type in (
exact duplicate of : x). I realize that I'm probably at the high end of this, since I've been trying to use up my close votes and flag votes every day.
When a person has used up all their close votes for the day, the option to 'flag as a duplicate' should allow them to 'flag as a duplicate', instead of being gone entirely.
If this is unintentional, it's a bug; if it's intentional, consider this a feature request. Also, if anyone has any salient points they'd like to bring up on the subject, that would be most welcome.