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I flagged a question on ELU as proofreading, (which it is). I see later that it has been put on hold, but only by Dan Bron and tchrist♦.

How do flags work? I'm not trying to get a mention or any rep (not even sure if that happens), I'm just curious as to what would make an asker's flag be regarded as useful. Is it because I flagged the question under a different category, or don't I have enough reputation?

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    meta.stackexchange.com/questions/7931/… search page for "flags". See also english.stackexchange.com/help/privileges/flag-posts and the links therein. – Jason C Apr 2 '17 at 17:51
  • I don't entirely understand... are you saying your flag wasn't marked as helpful? Or were you thinking that your name should have shown in the close notice? – Cai Apr 2 '17 at 17:57
  • @Cai both, actually. Is this expected behaviour, or just an off-chance occurrence? – marcellothearcane Apr 2 '17 at 17:58
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    you have at least two questions. One is "[did / why did / why didn't ] my flag get marked helpful when the question was closed?" See meta.stackexchange.com/questions/105391/… The other is "why isn't my name in the list of closers?" and that list only shows those who voted to close, not those who flagged. – Kate Gregory Apr 2 '17 at 18:07
  • @KateGregory what's the difference? is this something I can't do with my sub 1k rep? – marcellothearcane Apr 2 '17 at 18:29
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    @marcellothearcane indeed, you can't cast actual close votes with 1k rep only, as the answer says. But you can still flag. That is the difference. – Shadow The Dragon Wizard Apr 2 '17 at 19:12
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The list of names in the post's close notice is only the users who voted to close, not users who flagged. Close voting is a privilege that requires 3k rep on graduated sites.

Flagging a question to be closed when you don't have the close vote privilege only places the post in to the review queue so that users with the relevant privileges can vote to close.

If a question that you flagged is subsequently closed then your flag should be marked as "helpful", but that doesn't publicly show anywhere; only in your flag history. You can see your flag history by clicking the "x helpful flags" link in your profile. If your flag was not marked as you expect then read: Why does flag marking as helpful/declined not always correlate with moderator action? and What is a disputed flag?

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