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I was trying to flag a question as very low quality, because I couldn't decide between "unclear what you're asking" and "asking to do your homework for you", but then I got this error message.

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Why is that? Why would I get the choice in the list of something I can't choose? And also, is the word "the" OK?

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    I can’t answer the rest of your question, I’ve never even heard about this error msg before, but what I can tell you is yes, the word “the” is fine, because it’s talking about a specific, unique permission (the one to raise that type of flag). It would also be fine to drop the the, but that’s not obligatory by any means. – Dan Bron Dec 23 '17 at 16:46
  • As an aside, the "very low quality" flag on questions is rarely used. Just flag as "off-topic" and choose a reason if you think it's worth closing. – NVZ Dec 23 '17 at 18:04
  • Has the question been closed in the meantime? – Helmar Dec 24 '17 at 12:38
  • @Helmar Yes. Here you go, before it's deleted. – Mr Lister Dec 24 '17 at 12:46
  • The question was closed five minutes after this meta post was made, so the question wasn't closed between the time you got the flag dialogue and the time you tried to submit it. (That was my first guess.) – Monica Cellio Dec 24 '17 at 18:55
  • @MonicaCellio Ehm, I was not inquiring why the question couldn't be closed, or if my flagging had worked or not, but rather why I received the error message I did, which I never saw before. I already experienced the message "this question has already been closed; refresh the page to see the current status" when trying to close something, more than once. – Mr Lister Dec 24 '17 at 22:44
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    Right. I was pointing out that one thing that didn't happen is the question being closed while you were flagging. It was open and yet you received this error. I've seen errors sometimes when a closure (or deletion) slips in while you're doing something; that is not what happened here. I am agreeing with you that the error is surprising. – Monica Cellio Dec 24 '17 at 23:02

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