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I noticed that an already closed question was a duplicate (both questions were asked by the same user). I flagged the new newest question of the two, clicked "Other" and typed this:

Duplicate of<questionID>/<myUserID>

After I submitted the flag, I got the following message:

When flagging a duplicate, please specify the duplicate question (id or link).

Why did I get that error? I included a link to the question right there in the message.

When I changed the message to:

This question is exactly the same as<questionID>/<myUserID>

I was able to submit the flag just fine.

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Was the question closed as "exact duplicate" or something else? – BoltClock's a Unicorn Jul 19 '12 at 14:37
@BoltClock'saUnicorn: It was closed as "not a real question". – Rocket Hazmat Jul 19 '12 at 14:38
It looks like the system isn't recognizing share URLs as duplicate question links. How very odd. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Jul 19 '12 at 14:41
@BoltClock'saUnicorn I think I had something similar, I wanted to flag as duplicate of but I got the same message. – Neil Mar 2 '13 at 20:27
@Neil: That question was migrated to a different site, so I'm guessing the system is failing to recognize it as such and thinks you didn't specify the duplicate question link at all. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Mar 2 '13 at 20:29

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