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With a few reputation points came to me the option to close off-topic questions and not just flag them.

I thought this meant flagging them was now useless and was just giving more work to people reviewing the flags.

But now I see that high reputation users go on flagging posts, or so it seems from their very high flag number. So I suppose there is a reason to keep flagging.

Is there somewhere a guide on when to close or flag (or both) off-topic questions and why ?

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The second link seems to perfectly answer (I did search...). Should I delete this question ? BTW I think this guide (second link) should be somehow put in the privileges guide. – Denys Séguret Jun 7 '12 at 7:15
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It is, it's linked at the end of that When should I close a question? section... – animuson Jun 7 '12 at 7:29
    
Ok, so I'm just bad at reading documentation. Sorry. – Denys Séguret Jun 7 '12 at 7:30
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You should flag a question when it is :

  • spam
  • offensive, abusive, or hate speech
  • it is very low quality
  • other (a custom message that you write , that a moderator will read and take action on)

You should close a question when it is :

  • a duplicate
  • off-topic
  • unclear what the questioner is asking
  • too broad
  • primarily opinion based

You do not need to worry about accidentally flagging a question instead of closing it, since if you click flag and choose a close reason instead of a flag reason, it will have you vote to close instead of flagging it.

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