The most common reason proposals are closed in the early stage is becuase they're a duplicate of an existing proposal/site. So why don't we have an option to flag proposals as a duplicate instead of flagging for 'moderator attention'?

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Probably because it's not really necessary?

This isn't SO, where there are a bunch of 10k users who can act on a subset of the gazillions of flags they get. On big sites, yes, it's useful to have a separate 10k flag queue where you can review flags-as-duplicates while moderators handle different matters. On small sites like most of the current SE 2.0 sites and Area51 itself, there are few 10k users and the only difference between flagging as a dupe and flagging for moderator attention is (1) you type the words "duplicate of" instead of clicking a radio button and (2) there is no second difference.

Just flag for moderator attention and explain that it's a duplicate.

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    I've done this a handful of times and I've received no confirmation that it's considered proper procedure. For all I know I've missed the mark every time, but I don't think so.
    – jonsca
    Feb 16, 2012 at 8:34
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    If it's so easy to type out the flag reason, why do we need options to report spam and offensive language?
    – Ambo100
    Feb 16, 2012 at 10:21
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    @Ambo100 - Because those flags have special effects: meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/22174/… (they're functionally identical) Feb 16, 2012 at 14:04
  • The "possible dupe" on other sites require pointing to the original. This is extra work for the flagger (and for the programmer to implement), but it prevents some mistakes (how should I know the proposal this is a dupe of was closed yesterday?) and badly worded flags ("It's a dupe of Archaeology." - but there's no "Archaeology" now, just "Ancient Ruins"). If those are rare, adding such a flag reason has very low priority, but don't say that there's no second difference. The third reason is to avoid confusion among those accustomed to the model used on other SE sites.
    – Pavel V.
    Apr 26, 2015 at 11:51

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