This is not a duplicate of I'm out of close votes. Can I use moderator flags instead? because that is a support question asking if one can use moderator attention flags to indicate that questions should be closed. This is a feature request asking for the ability to use recommend closure flags (which feed questions into close review, and don't go to moderators) when one is out of close votes.

Currently, flagging for closure is treated the same as casting a close vote for users with the vote-to-close privilege. From what I can see, this is basically for users' convenience - if I think the question should be closed, there's hardly ever a reason not to cast a vote if I can.

I cannot see however why I cannot still use a flag to nominate the question for close review - since this won't include casting a vote - same as if I didn't have the privilege.

This goes for all close reasons, including suggesting a duplicate.

If a vote creates a review item, why not consume both a flag and a vote? This will mitigate the cumulative effect referred to in Robert Longson's answer and is quite logical: flags are used to create review items while votes to vote on them.

It's also very strange that users with <3,000 reputation can add dozens, if not up to 100, questions to the close vote queue (provided their flagging history is excellent, and this number can increase quickly since a single close vote results in the flag being marked helpful), but when a user earns 3,000 rep, they're all of a sudden limited to adding only 24 questions to the queue.

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  • I think this is a good idea, but there seems to be a general trend toward cutting off lower-level privileges if a new privilege is gained that is more powerful in the same area. See also the pushback against allowing mods to forgo their binding votes. – Nathan Tuggy Mar 9 '16 at 1:21
  • @NathanTuggy could you link to the "pushback" discussion you're referring to? Because I've had such a suggestion on my mind for some time, too! – ivan_pozdeev Mar 9 '16 at 1:23
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    meta.stackexchange.com/questions/41062/… especially. – Nathan Tuggy Mar 9 '16 at 1:26
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    I edited the title of the other question to make it clearer that they meant mod flags. If you just read the title it looked like a dupe. – Machavity Feb 12 '19 at 19:02

You have 24 (or 50 on Stack Overflow) close votes per day. If we let flags become close vote recommendations then you'd have up to 124 (150) close votes + pseudo votes per day.

We have a problem with robo reviewers trawling through the queues mass clicking on the same button till we ban them via failing audits. Giving them more votes would make the robo-reviewing situation worse as they'd charge through the list even faster.

What we need is some mechanism to encourage more people to vote carefully, rather than one to encourage the existing people to vote more often and potentially more indiscriminately.

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    In the 2nd paragraph, do you overlook the fact the suggestion doesn't allow to review more items (flags can only be cast from normal interface and they don't affect review results)? So this isn't making any difference in this regard. Sure, this is gonna yield more Close review items but there's no shortage of them anyway (queue doesn't ever fall below 7k) - again, no difference. – ivan_pozdeev Mar 9 '16 at 8:28
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    But users with <3k rep can theoretically add 100 questions to the close vote queue, whereas once a user earns 3k rep, they are all of a sudden limited to adding only 24. – Sonic the Curiouser Hedgehog Feb 12 '19 at 15:52

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