I flagged a question as "too broad". Then I realized the author had previously posted the same question and decided to change my flag to "duplicate". I retracted the "broad" flag, but the user interface now won't let me flag as "duplicate" because it seems to think I already flagged as "duplicate" and then retracted it.

Why does flagging as "too broad" also count as flagging "duplicate"? Is this a bug? (I have tagged as 'bug' but am obviously uncertain)

  • $\begingroup$ That does sound buggy. $\endgroup$
    – The Nate
    Commented Jan 24, 2017 at 5:41
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    $\begingroup$ It doesn't, but I believe if you retract a post flag, you cannot flag the post again, thus explaining the behavior you see. Someone else might be able to confirm. (I have no convenient outstanding flag or vote to check.) $\endgroup$
    – user
    Commented Jan 24, 2017 at 8:36
  • $\begingroup$ @MichaelKjörling That's not the behavior I saw. It would let me pick any of the other flags, just not "duplicate" or "should be closed". $\endgroup$
    – user45623
    Commented Jan 24, 2017 at 18:26
  • $\begingroup$ Ah, fair enough. You might want to make that explicit in the question. That does indeed sound wrong. $\endgroup$
    – user
    Commented Jan 25, 2017 at 9:05
  • $\begingroup$ I just tested on this question. I closed as too broad. Then I retracted. Then I tried closing again. I couldn't pick any of the options. $\endgroup$
    – SRM
    Commented Jan 25, 2017 at 15:15
  • $\begingroup$ @SRM Then maybe the bug was that it didn't grey out all of the options it should have? Also, so this means we're not allowed to change our flag? What if we made a mistake? $\endgroup$
    – user45623
    Commented Jan 25, 2017 at 21:31


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