Would it be possible to get a Not a dupe flag, for questions which have been closed as duplicate?

Every now and again I'll see a question that are completely different, and definitely not dupes.

A new flag would save me typing in the Other box every time.

  • I can see potential for misuse. Perhaps it should only be available to say... 2K+ users? – BDM Mar 18 '13 at 8:27
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    And perhaps it could be called... "vote to reopen". ;) – J. Steen Mar 18 '13 at 8:28
  • @J.Steen If you're saying that something like this already exists, I don't see the option: i.imgur.com/Fr2CKnf.png If you're just suggesting the name, I like it. – Danny Beckett Mar 18 '13 at 8:31
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    @DannyBeckett You don't have that privilege yet i.imgur.com/fqq1WBU.png – Bart Mar 18 '13 at 8:32
  • @DannyBeckett It's a feature available to 3k+ users - at the same time they get the ability to cast close-votes. Sorry, I have a habit of being overly sarcastic before I've had my morning coffee. =) – J. Steen Mar 18 '13 at 8:32
  • @Bart Nice! ...but a flag would still be good for <3k users ;) – Danny Beckett Mar 18 '13 at 8:33
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    @DannyBeckett: Flag > Other works just fine. (And it's 3k for close privs.) – Mat Mar 18 '13 at 8:34
  • @Mat Okay, I give in... can somebody write an answer? – Danny Beckett Mar 18 '13 at 8:35
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    @DannyBeckett Would you downvote me as well if I answered this? Given that it's essentially what Nullpointer told you to do? – Bart Mar 18 '13 at 8:36
  • @Bart Maybe... depends if you tell me to write it in Other ;) But seriously, if J.Steen's comment can be converted, that's a good answer. Edit: Too bad I can't downvote Back in a Flash's answer for the same reason. No votes left today. – Danny Beckett Mar 18 '13 at 8:37
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    Suppose there will be such flag option. You will still have to explain why it's not a dupe, you can't expect moderators to spend their time trying to figure out themselves. So this pretty much renders the "save me typing" irrelevant. Bottom line: can't see any reason to have this in place. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Mar 18 '13 at 8:51
  • @ShaWizDowArd Yeah that's a fair point... – Danny Beckett Mar 18 '13 at 8:51

The "vote to reopen" feature already exists, and is available to users with 3000 reputation or more. You get it bundled in the privilege to cast votes - be it to close or reopen.

Before that, all you can do is as you've done up until now; flag, and write a clear explanation in the Others field.

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This is exactly why we have reopen votes. If a question is closed (by mistake/oversight) users with the privilege can vote to reopen the question. On (Meta) Stack Overflow you will need a reputation >3k to obtain this privilege.

Until then you can just use a custom flag if you really feel a big mistake has been made. Simply go for the "Other" option and clearly describe the situation. ("Not a dupe" is not enough ;) )

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  • Thanks for the answer Bart! Unfortunately can't upvote until tomorrow. – Danny Beckett Mar 18 '13 at 8:47
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    @DannyBeckett I'll do it for you. ;) – J. Steen Mar 18 '13 at 8:50
  • Cheers @J.Steen ! – Danny Beckett Mar 18 '13 at 8:51

You can flag such closed question; and add custom comment in the needs moderator attention section.

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