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We've got this new shiny flag overview where we can flag or disagree.

It would be nice if the previous flagging reason would be preselected, this would make it much easier to agree with a flag.

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But it would make it harder to disagree... And make it possible to accept an unwanted flag by clicking absentmindedly. –  GSerg Jun 19 '11 at 0:36
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Bad idea, preselecting based on the most popular reason just introduces herd-think. You should decide for yourself if and why the post should be flagged and not just automatically follow what others may think.

I already see problems with this when users see questions with just one vote to close. Often it's the kiss of death for a perfectly on topic good question as soon as that close (1) appears - rewrite rule closers, I'm looking at you :).

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Agreed. In fact I've wondered if the existing reasons shouldn't even be shown and only if closers votes add up to a consensus with the same close reason should they be acted on! Actually as a high rep user on some sites I've learned a lot from seeing how others voted, but I've also caught myself just going "oh ya" and clicking through. Pre-selecting would definitely just make this worse. –  Caleb Jun 19 '11 at 20:15
    
Regardless of the underlying consensus, if a post has hit the close threshold then there's something wrong with it and it does need to be closed - even of the reasons are spread across the choices. However sometimes I think that you should only get to see the other closers reasons after you've cast your vote. I think that would make people think for themselves a bit more. –  Kev Jun 19 '11 at 21:38
    
Agreed. The same logic could even be used for seeing the total close vote count before you've cast your vote. –  Caleb Jun 19 '11 at 22:57
    
@Caleb (and Kev) one counter-point to this is duplicates. We can't realistically expect every close-voter to hunt for and find a duplicate link, so having previously suggested duplicates available to select from is probably a positive here, otherwise how many closers will be lazy and pick something else? –  DMA57361 Jun 20 '11 at 11:32
    
@dma - you make a very good point there. –  Kev Jun 20 '11 at 11:36
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