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Nothing stays here for very long, so I hope I won't get yelled at too much for the lack of a link.

Sometimes there is a message with a yellow background like, 'off topic; belongs on Super User', but when I click on close, there are no existing close votes of that form. Is this message a guess based on looking at keywords in the text?

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that user doesn't have 3k rep so they can't cast a close vote of that type. But they can flag.. – Jeff Atwood Jun 25 '11 at 4:12
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The yellow message comes from the flag option that a user selects not from a close vote.

Flag process Step 1

Flag Process Step 1

Flag Process Step 2

Flag Process Step 2

Flag Process Step 3

Flag Process Step 3

Gives you the following flag message:

Flag Result

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What 'flag option' corresponds to 'off-topic, superuser'? – Rosinante Jun 24 '11 at 13:10
@Rosinante: I have added the steps that would be followed by a user who is flagging a question. Remember a flag is not the same as a close vote. – codingbadger Jun 24 '11 at 13:22
it never occurred to me that the flag system now had a complete parallel to the close reasons :-) – Rosinante Jun 25 '11 at 12:14

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