Maybe I'm wrong, but this post appears to be not a question. I do not have the rep to do so, and also haven't done it before. I think it will likely sort itself out. But would flagging a post like this to draw attention be appropriate, or would that be excessive?

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I realize this is an old question, but I felt obliged to chime in because I disagree with the answers previously posted.

When you click on the 'flag' button you are presented with a list of options as to why you flagged it. One option is "It doesn't belong here" with a sub-menu letting you select from the same (or similar) list that you get when voting to close (off-topic, not constructive, etc.).

I would argue that since someone bothered to code in that menu in the first place, flagging a question to get moderator attention that it should be closed seems perfectly appropriate.

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    Sounds reasonable to me. I'm not a mod, but I have enough rep to use the "mod tools" which show me flagging activity, for example, and in many cases allow me to endorse or reject. Which I certainly don't see as burdensome. Unless the mods are actually complaining, I think we should just assume any features are there to be used. Perhaps the situation was different a couple of years ago. Mar 15, 2012 at 21:30
  • Only recently 10k users had the ability to review the post's flags. Before, those flags were only visible to moderators; now, 10k users can see the flags that don't use a custom reason.
    – apaderno
    Mar 19, 2012 at 18:47

No, it really isn't appropriate. You're asking someone to vote for you by proxy. That is not what flagging is about (not to mention, the moderator's vote bypasses the community democracy since their vote is immediately binding).

Having said that, flagging a bit more liberally is acceptable when a site is really young precisely because there are very few people who can close inappropriate posts. English.SE is quickly growing past the need to do so. Flagging should be reserved for egregious cases.

  • Thanks, that clears up the real guts of my question. So then rather than flag a question, is it just best to allow a questionable question to be sorted out by the community, moderators?
    – mfg
    Aug 31, 2010 at 17:46

I would agree that it is not really a question, and voted to close it. I am curious as to whether other people agree about this type of question.

But as for flagging, I am not sure what level you need to be to see that a question is flagged. After 500 reputation (during beta; now 3000 reputation), it is possible to vote to close any question, but you can't see if a question is flagged until later.

  • ok, i assumed that whoever votes to close is handling these correctly (assuming people agree it needs to be closed); it just seemed that for someone like me to flag it (just because i cant vote to close) seemed extreme
    – mfg
    Aug 18, 2010 at 19:20

I agree with Robert.

The main reason I think it isn't appropriate is that it circumvents the system. If the admins/community came to the conclusion that more people should have input on closing questions, they should just lower the rep threshold for that.

That said, I think a comments suggesting a reason that it might be closed is probably a more appropriate action if you feel a burning desire to get your 2 cents in regarding a particular item.

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