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I have no problem with my question being closed as a dupe; hey, I got an answer! Yet, the way the "Does this answer your question" message works is not great at all. Let me explain.

  1. I post the question -- I have a problem to solve
  2. Someone thinks it's a duplicate, they flag it, and the message pops up.
  3. I get notified and duly go to check whether the other question is, indeed, a dupe
  4. It takes me a couple of minutes to check that it's a dupe (read the answer, try the solution, run the tests)
  5. Other users in the meantime VTC without checking, so they close the question at light speed. Bless them.
  6. I go back to the question tab to vote, "yes," as the dupe answers the question
  7. I have to "sadomasochistically" press "Submit." What's wrong with using "Yes" and "No" buttons and better terminology?
  8. I get punished by a "The question is already closed" message. I go from being happy I found a solution to being upset that my question is closed, without my input, and that somehow I did something incorrect by trying to help the system by voting.
  9. The system suggests I delete my question. Thanks, but I'm not deleting something I put some effort in; too bad you don't value it.
  10. The spinner gets stuck forever

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Please fix this interaction:

Bonus content, the error is here:

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in this case, json.Success should be set to true, so the page reloads, instead of sending the useless "the question has already been closed, sucker(*)" in json.Message


(*) it may, or may not, actually say "sucker," but it felt like it

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    "I get punished by a "The question is already closed" message. " - The closure of a question due to it being a duplicate is NOT a punishment. "The system suggests I delete my question." - I actually find that hard to believe, and have never encountered that message, in my decade of using Stack Exchange communities. Stretching the truth and/or reality is the reason I felt compelled to downvote this suggestion, even though I believe the behavior of a spinning circle, should be changed.
    – Ramhound
    Sep 27 at 16:52
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    Please don't post images of code. We would rather copy-paste it directly into production ....
    – rene
    Sep 27 at 16:52
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    @Ramhound it's a punishment if it feels like it. I know it's not meant to, but that's the way it is... Also it was a pun on the S/M undertones of "submit" ;-)
    – Sklivvz
    Sep 27 at 16:53
  • @rene sorry, I forgot, but I don't have the original page open. Can I be excused?
    – Sklivvz
    Sep 27 at 16:55
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    @Sklivvz for once. And careful what you post, you might get hired ;)
    – rene
    Sep 27 at 16:56
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    Personally, requiring the "Submit" button in addition to "Yes" or "No" seems like a good thing - wouldn't want an accidental mis-click to close a Q, after all.
    – bobble
    Sep 27 at 16:57
  • @bobble agreed but not "submit", perhaps "confirm"? "ok"?
    – Sklivvz
    Sep 27 at 16:58
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    @Ramhound The system suggesting to delete and post a new question is a bit of a problem... Perhaps write a few close-worthy posts? :D (also, these notices are just about two years old, so that decade won't help much)
    – Tinkeringbell Mod
    Sep 27 at 17:14
  • "remove the Submit button in favor of Yes and No" alternative wording is preferred rather than removing it completely since there's a case for a question getting multiple duplicate suggestions. Sep 28 at 8:15

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