What's the best course of action when certain flags you have raised get marked as invalid, but you still believe them to be valid?

The questions I tagged as duplicates:

https://stackoverflow.com/q/5010794/311220 -> How to add a namespace to an attribute in lxml

Convert HTML entities to Unicode -> Convert XML/HTML Entities into Unicode String in Python

pinyin in google translate API -> Get Chinese Romanization from Google Translate API

(note: for the first two questions I just edited the titles to better match the question. When the questions were first flagged the titles were more vague)

If these aren't duplicates, an explanation of why they are not would be helpful so that I know when not to flag questions in future.

  • I agree with the first two (and have voted to close as dupes), the third one might be different enough. – user7116 Jun 29 '11 at 13:33

You should stop worrying and love dupes.

Besides, you shouldn't be flagging as dupe unless it is a 100% dupe (same text) which indicates something else is wrong. You should be voting to close as dupe.

If you don't have enough rep to do that yet, perhaps you should be spending more time answering questions and less time flagging dupes.

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    If you have enough rep to vote to close then you can't flag as dupe, the option doesn't exist anymore. I got the impression flagging as "doesn't belong here" is when a user wants to close but can't, so if they "should be voting to close" they should also be flagging to close -- it's just which ability they have based on their reputation – Michael Mrozek Jun 29 '11 at 14:06
  • Thanks, the link to Jeff's thoughts on dupes was very useful! "perhaps you should be spending more time answering questions" .. I personally thought I was doing quite a bit of question answering :( – Acorn Jun 29 '11 at 14:19
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    Flagging as dupe (and also commenting on the question, because that's not automatic with a flag) is perfectly reasonable behavior if you consider the question to be a dupe, and don't have enough reputation to vote to close (or have run out of close votes). – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Jun 29 '11 at 23:55
  • @Gilles: Except, you should stop worrying and love dupes.. My biggest problem with dupe flags is that the mod queue is choked with them, and only a small percentage would qualify as actual duplicates. That, and dealing with incorrect closures and the massive amount of fanny pain generated. I just think that if you don't have enough rep to flag as dupe, you most likely don't get the distinction between good dupes and bad dupes. – user1228 Jun 30 '11 at 13:20
  • But now that 10kers can act on dupe and other close flags, you ♦ can mostly ignore them — let them be for a day or two, then delete them. – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Jun 30 '11 at 15:57

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