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It seems that now casting any close votes on a question marks your own flag as none. Is this by design? I am aware of What happens if I flag a question that gets closed? , which was a loophole that was closed, but that supposedly only meant 'I flag the post and cast the final vote'. Now it seems I can't flag a post and vote to close it or I will forfeit the flag.

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I am guessing this is the case. I flagged a couple of questions on Ask Ubuntu as dupe using the custom flag option two days ago and finding the flag not being acted on until now, cast the first close vote on each of them earlier today. The system now marks it as none instead of helpful or declined. –  jokerdino Jul 15 '12 at 11:59
Why would you flag instead of voting to close directly? –  sth Jul 15 '12 at 12:34
I got similar "problem". I flagged some answers and then gain the privilege to close vote. I got 'none' on answers I flagged. –  j0k Jul 15 '12 at 12:56
@sth: because you might feel the question deserves more immediate moderator attention that a simple close vote would give it. –  skolima Jul 16 '12 at 8:56
Vote to close first, then flag. –  lunboks Aug 14 '12 at 16:05

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