I flagged a question as unclear, and the flag is still pending. Now the question has been locked, and if I would want to retract my flag, I wouldn't be able to:

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    Maybe the system should act the same as when a mod take other action than locking (close/delete), aka auto mark users flags as helpful, as technically speaking, a mod checked the question after your flag.
    – yagmoth555
    Jun 10 at 12:49
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    The question is locked, which means "It is not currently accepting new answers or interactions". Retracting a flag is a new interaction. Why should you be able to retract a close-flag on a locked question? This seems to be rightfully status-bydesign.
    – Makyen
    Jun 10 at 16:19
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    @Makyen Suppose I flag a question (on a site where I don't have enough rep to vote to close) for closure. A user comes by and fixes the question, but the author starts a rollback war and a moderator (who doesn't see close flags) locks the question with the other user's better revision. I don't see how the flag should be locked in and not retractable there. Jun 11 at 8:13
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    @Makyen Also, the system does indeed accept new flags on locked posts (except historically locked posts), so I don't see why it shouldn't accept retractions of flags. In other words, how is casting a flag not an interaction when retracting is? Either both are or aren't. Jun 11 at 8:15
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    That said, as the system invalidates any pending close reviews when a question is locked, it should also dismiss any pending close flags (under the internal status of "eventinvalidated", shown in public logs as "removed during a deletion" as it's currently only used in deletion-related cases). Jun 11 at 8:20


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