As an example, consider the following question:

Review Audit shows an answer that's duplicate

I flagged it (incorrectly) as a duplicate of Review-beta: Obviously good answer in low-quality and the flag was declined. Somebody commented as well, saying: @devnull no it's not a duplicate. The audit is misleading not a "good answer in low-quality".

Great! But the question was eventually closed as a duplicate. It reads:

This question already has an answer here:

Review-beta: Obviously good answer in low-quality 1 answer

'Good' review audits can be misleading 1 answer

Isn't it incorrect that the question be marked as a duplicate of the first one given that the flag was incorrect and had been declined?

EDIT: The comments (this and this) attribute the behavior to the "herd-effect". Is there a way to remove the incorrect question from the list of duplicates? Should I flag it for moderator attention for removing the question incorrectly referred to as one of those having an answer?

  • What bug are you reporting here? 1) Question closed as a duplicate incorrectly or 2) Flag was declined but the question is closed for the same reason? – hims056 Nov 6 '13 at 8:58
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    Not a bug but rather "herd effect" - your flag caused that question to appear as default when choosing to close and at least one user with more than 3K fell for this. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Nov 6 '13 at 8:58
  • @hims056 The fact that the flag was incorrect and was declined but the question lists the incorrect one as that having an answer to the one that was closed. – devnull Nov 6 '13 at 8:59
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    @devnull - See the case #2 on this post – hims056 Nov 6 '13 at 9:04
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    @hims056 So is it the same as what has been described as "herd effect" by ShaWizDowArd? – devnull Nov 6 '13 at 9:08
  • @devnull - Yes it is. – hims056 Nov 6 '13 at 9:12
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    FWIW, general existence of herd effect seems to be proven experimentally, see Bandwagon effect in close votes – gnat Nov 6 '13 at 9:23
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    @gnat eh, nice find... totally forgot about that one! (would have linked otherwise :)) – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Nov 6 '13 at 9:30
  • Regarding your edit, yes: if one of the dupes is really wrong then flag the question, choose "Other" and in there explain. Moderator can then re-open and close again quickly with the single proper target. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Nov 6 '13 at 9:52
  • @ShaWizDowArd Thanks. Flagged as per your suggestion. – devnull Nov 6 '13 at 9:54

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