From this FAQ,

Flags to close a question will be dismissed as helpful as soon as another user votes to close it. However, if you don't have enough reputation to see close votes, it will appear as if nothing has happened until more users vote to close and the question is actually closed.

From Glorfindel's comment (deleted, merged into this post)

... others voting to close it with the same reason as your flag, or the question is finally closed, it will be considered as helpful

Assuming the latter is up-to-date, if I raise a flag for a reason of Blatantly Off-topic, since 3Kers do not have that option (but a custom OT reason), then is my flag still able to be dismissed as helpful because of a close vote of the same reason? (I know it'll be helpful if the Q's finally closed.)

  • Technically, "off topic" is the reason, I think... but I don't have any proof. So if the question is blatantly off topic, hopefully the person in the close queue will vote to close it as off topic with a custom reason. – Catija Jul 30 '17 at 4:15
  • @iBug that was a quick test. Alex' answer is right, I was slightly misinformed. – Glorfindel Jul 30 '17 at 6:54

I raised the same question in chat, and Shog9 answered:

flags are marked helpful on the first matching close-vote type - however, I'm pretty sure that doesn't match subtype. So any OT vote would mark helpful all OT flags

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  • So do you mean I can flag for any OT reason? – iBug is disappointed in SE Jul 30 '17 at 7:11
  • @iBug Probably? The review queue doesn't – Catija Jul 30 '17 at 14:24
  • @iBug You can flag anything for any reason. But if the reason you picked doesn't seem right to reviewers, there's a good chance of them clicking Leave Open instead of looking for another reason that applies. – user315433 Jul 30 '17 at 15:12

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