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It just came to my attention that when flagging (not VTC) a Question as duplicate one is presented with the following options:

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As we can see, among those is the "a duplicate..." option. However, if we select the "should be closed..." option instead, we are presented again with an option to flag as duplicate:

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I wonder what is the reason for the redundancy in that specific option? Are users more prone to select "should be closed..." instead and thus justify including the option there as well?

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    If this question has been asked before - Meta might explode. ;p – Journeyman Geek May 1 '18 at 6:13
  • @JourneymanGeek duplicate overflow. – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard May 1 '18 at 7:33
  • .... You sir, might have doomed us all.. Maybe duped us all. Jury's out on that. – Journeyman Geek May 1 '18 at 7:34
  • @ShadowWizard still the question remains unanswered: what is the reason? Is a shortcut or power feautre as you commented there? Or perhaps most close reasons are dupes and thus the need for that link.. – DarkCygnus May 1 '18 at 7:41
  • I plan to write my own answer there soon, and yeah, having lots of duplicates is most likely one of the main reasons. :) – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard May 1 '18 at 7:43
  • @ShadowWizard Already read it :) interestingly that was a 5 year old question – DarkCygnus May 1 '18 at 18:08
  • Age isn't relevant for questions here, be it bug reports, feature requests, or discussions. :) – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard May 1 '18 at 22:01

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