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I've flagged a question on SO and the flag is marked as helpful.

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I was assuming that a helpful flag on a question implies that it will be closed. But in this case the question in not closed. Will that question be closed. If not then what will happen to that question?

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Keep using flags as close-vote proxies and don't be surprised when future flags aren't ever addressed –  random May 1 '13 at 20:27

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No, "helpful" only means that the flag had (some) merit.

In the specific case, I suspect your flag was marked as "helpful" automatically when the question received a close vote after you flagged it.

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will that question be closed or deleted in future because of my flag? What are (some) merits? –  Jaguar May 1 '13 at 20:04
    
FYI, there is no close vote on the question –  Jaguar May 1 '13 at 20:05
    
@Jaguar A flag is just a signal. There's no way to tell (for sure) if the question will be closed or deleted in the future. Since there are no close votes on the question, you can interpret "helpful" as: This didn't require a moderator to intervene, but it also wasn't a complete waste of time. Conversely, why are you flagging instead of voting to close? –  Yannis May 1 '13 at 20:08
    
@Yannis How can a 4k user flag as NARQ instead of closing? –  Antony May 1 '13 at 20:11
    
I can vote for close, a maximum of 50 questions only, and unfortunately I finished all of them. –  Jaguar May 1 '13 at 20:11
    
@Jaguar I have once used up the 50 close votes, but there is still no option to flag (it just redirects me to the close window, which tells me I have no votes left). –  Antony May 1 '13 at 20:13
    
@Antony After your 50 close votes, you can still flag a post –  Jaguar May 1 '13 at 20:15
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@Antony: He used a custom flag. If you look at the flag message, it starts with a capital letter, whereas real close flags don't start with a capital letter. –  BoltClock's a Unicorn May 1 '13 at 20:17
    
@BoltClock'saUnicorn So can I assume that a moderator has marked the flag as helful only to motivate me? –  Jaguar May 1 '13 at 20:17
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@Jaguar: I didn't handle your flag, but in this case it means no action was needed. FYI, you should not be flagging questions with pseudo-close-votes just because you've run out of actual close votes. There is a reason why the site limits your close votes each day. –  BoltClock's a Unicorn May 1 '13 at 20:20
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@Jaguar - if you've run out of close votes, stop and go and do something else. –  ChrisF May 1 '13 at 20:23

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