Let's suppose I think a question with tikz-pgf tag is a duplicate of another one, but because I'm not sure about it I prefer someone else help me to decide it. The problem is that I have a gold medal with this tag, so if I flag the question it will be immediately closed. What should I do?

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    you can always add a comment proposing the duplicate, and perhaps include some text giving a specific reason. i believe that when someone checks that item and agrees, they will be inclined to cast a vote to close, and then (unless i am mistaken) it will be added to the review queue where it will get more attention. Commented Feb 11, 2016 at 13:42
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    Make a note/hint in Chat? Works most time to get the attention on a specific question
    – user31729
    Commented Feb 11, 2016 at 18:11
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    You can ask the question owner.
    – percusse
    Commented Feb 11, 2016 at 19:57
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    The real problem is that I forget that for certain tags I have this power. This is one privilege I would prefer to not have. IMO, it would be better if there was a follow up confirmation of "You can close this question or recommend it for closing and wait for other votes" Commented Feb 11, 2016 at 21:47
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    @PeterGrill Don't tell that to me!
    – egreg
    Commented Feb 12, 2016 at 0:03
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    @PeterGrill Yes. I upvoted this question because it is related, but your comment is the question? gripe? feature request? I really have ....
    – cfr
    Commented Feb 12, 2016 at 0:56
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    @egreg Don't you just work on the assumption that any question you vote to close will be immediately closed? I forget because, for me, it is rare. And I never remember. But I'd have thought you would not have that particular problem ;).
    – cfr
    Commented Feb 12, 2016 at 0:58
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    @egreg: :-) Yes, I can imagine that you have probably lost the privilege of suggesting a question be closed as a dupe. :-) Commented Feb 12, 2016 at 1:50
  • Well, moderators face the same problem, but for any case, regardless of the tags. :P
    – Alenanno
    Commented Feb 12, 2016 at 16:07

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Such a feature has been discussed before on the big meta (How Do I Opt Out of Privileges?). It has been rejected, with a very simple reason: Nobody (i.e., not even the casual voters) should vote for duplicating unless they are 100% sure it is the correct action.

If you are not sure, you should simply comment, not vote to close, and see where it goes.

  • Is this question duplicate?
    – kando
    Commented Feb 19, 2016 at 14:09
  • @kando Probably yes, but on meta, we're not so strict about dupes...
    – yo'
    Commented Feb 19, 2016 at 14:11
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    Moderators have asked again and again for non-binding votes, and been rejected every time. Heavy lies the diamond.
    – Raphael
    Commented Feb 20, 2016 at 9:37

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