There are many changes came to Stack Overflow; I could see one of it.

  • Before: Duplicate posts were closed, when those were flagged.
  • Now: Duplicate posts are not closed.

What is the reason behind this?

Example: Closed post as it is duplicate.

This one of post which i flagged as duplicate and mod commented as "helpful" but not closed. Also there are 3 to 4 post which I flagged and got approved by mods but not closed

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Do you have any links to duplicates that aren't closed? –  ChrisF Mar 20 '12 at 10:45
    
Please check the update ChrisF. Mention reason for down voting please –  Damodar Mar 20 '12 at 10:51
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I didn't down-vote. –  ChrisF Mar 20 '12 at 10:53
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up vote 10 down vote accepted

The question you linked to is only 6 hours old (as of this writing) and now has 4 close votes is now closed.

I suspect that the moderator looked at the age of the question and decided that while it is, in all probability a duplicate, the normal process of community votes would be sufficient for the question to get closed in a reasonable time.

Flags should only really be used in cases where the community can't act. In the case of unclosed duplicates it would be when the question is quite old (> 60 days, say) and is therefore unlikely to get the views that will get converted into close votes.

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ChrisF : iam not getting, why people are downvoting without reason behind, is this not worthy question –  Damodar Mar 20 '12 at 11:02
    
ChrisF : stackoverflow.com/q/9764601/668970 this one too waiting for close, please check once... –  Damodar Mar 20 '12 at 11:05
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