/privileges page that explains "voting to close" nowhere mentions that you now should no longer flag questions for moderator attention, but vote to close yourself.
We've seen some users abusing the system in the following way:
- Gain 3000 reputation
- Click "flag" on a question you think is off topic, not constructive, too localized, etc.
- Enter custom message instead of going to It doesn't belong here (which would automatically convert it into a close vote)
- Bother a moderator with something they shouldn't handle
Gain flag weightIncrease "Helpful flags" count, because declining such a flag would seem awkward
This has lead to some big discussions over how privileges are "abused" in the sense of letting moderators to the dirty work for you.
Once you gain 3000 reputation, you should use your privilege and vote to close, rather than flagging for moderators to do it for you.
I believe the page that explains these privileges should explicitly mention that, since it doesn't seem too clear. On Meta.SU, we've created a FAQ that covers this: How should my flagging change when I gain the ability to vote to close?, but it's unlikely this is visited by everyone who gains the privilege.
because declining such a flag would seem awkward--> I've stopped worrying about that & tend to decline flags more now.
<cry>I was just helping!
</cry>. Of course, moderation should be consistent with regards to that, so nobody ends up confused.