I flagged this Lifehacks question a few days ago for being off-topic. This morning, I received enough upvotes to obtain the Close Vote privileges. My flag was still pending:
I went to the question again and could vote to close it, and as a consequence I've marked my own flag as helpful:
I know the potential for abuse is minimal (you can probably do something if you are just above the threshold, e.g. 3000/3001 or 500/501 on betas, unaccept an answer, flag a dozen questions, accept the answer, rinse and repeat, and there are certainly easier ways to boost your flag score, even if you're not a moderator) but I'm wondering if this is a bug or status-bydesign?