We've changed the flagging format from today(AFAIK) as below,

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looks good.

But, when I select it should be closed for another reason...

I can see the same reason duplicate on the top.

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What is the need of placing that reason over there?
It should not be there. Please remove the dupe.

  • Both of them are disabled once you use any of them (confirmed).
    – hjpotter92
    Sep 11, 2013 at 10:25
  • @AzizShaikh, it functions correctly, but there is no need to show the duplicate of reason in the closing for another reason.
    – Azik
    Sep 11, 2013 at 10:28
  • 3
    I don't think it's a bug, they probably left it there for users who are really used to have it in that exact place. Sep 11, 2013 at 10:57
  • @ShaWizDowArd, removed bug tag.
    – Azik
    Sep 11, 2013 at 11:15

2 Answers 2


If you look at the "breadcrumbs" at the top, you'll see the top-level "it is a duplicate..." is just a shortcut to the same dialogue.

Flagging > Closing > Duplicate


Without official response telling us the real motive, I'll share my own opinion, based on my experience on this place, and on Stack Exchange in general.

As I see it, duplicates are special case. They are not off topic like all other close reasons, on the contrary: duplicate question is on topic, and many times a good question on its own.

So it totally deserves a place of its own in the flag/close reason list.

As for why it's also in the "should be closed for another reason" list, couple of reasons:

  • Historical: users who are used to find it there won't have to go look for it elsewhere.
  • Being the main close reason (e.g. 23 out of 50 recently closed questions on Arqade), having it "featured" in more than one place cause less chance that users will miss it when flagging. Redundancy can be good sometimes.

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