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When I encounter a duplicate, I have two choices: Vote closing because it is a duplicate, or flag it as a duplicate. What is the difference and should I do both?

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    You cannot do both, but they both do the same thing if you have the VTC privilege. Commented Apr 3, 2016 at 18:52

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There is no difference - just two ways to get to the same thing.

Both end up being close as duplicate votes.

So long as you have the cast close votes privilege.


If you do not have this privilege, you cannot close questions and can only flag them (assuming you have the flag posts privilege), in which case the vote is for a "recommend close", which does not contribute to the closure of the question (but does help with putting it the review queues).

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