I edited this question and found that it is unclear. I flagged it as such.

I tried to be nice and leave a comment explaining how we roll on math.SE (and SE in general). As the asker only had one rep, I checked his profile to see if this is his first time around and if it makes sense to include a welcome message in the comment.

I found that the question that I edited was pretty much a copy of a previously asked, closed one

I went back to flag it as a duplicate, but to my surprise I apparently already did that:

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I'm not aware of flagging this question twice.

I checked my profile to see my flags, which suggests the opposite, only showing this one flag: enter image description here

Does the flag-summary on the profile only show one flag per question? Or is this a bug? Or did I mess something up?

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    $\begingroup$ If I interpret things correctly, "a duplicate" is subsumed under "should be closed". If you raise one close-flag, you can't raise another one on the same question. $\endgroup$ – Daniel Fischer Nov 5 '15 at 21:33
  • $\begingroup$ @DanielFischer I thought some of the close reasons are possibly only temporary (like unclear, incomplete), because they can be fixed by an edit of the asker. (That's why it then adds [on hold] to the title, right?), but a duplicate is a duplicate and nothing will change that, which makes this a more permanent close. That's why I was surprised about the behaviour and brought it up here. Your interpretation makes sense, too. $\endgroup$ – null Nov 5 '15 at 21:44
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    $\begingroup$ Closing things as duplicates seems preferable to closing for other reasons - so it's good to never intentionally close a duplicate for any other reason. Of course, as I assume happened here, the sequence of "closed, reopened, then later found to be & closed as a duplicate" strikes me as something which shouldn't happened often, so this is somewhat of an edge case. $\endgroup$ – Milo Brandt Nov 5 '15 at 22:06
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    $\begingroup$ @MiloBrandt I rather think the flag was still pending given the description. $\endgroup$ – quid Nov 5 '15 at 22:08

The message in red says "you have already raised this type of flag". Unfortunately it does not explain what the types are... there are four of them for questions.

  1. Spam and rude/abusive flags
  2. Closeflag: "should be closed" or "duplicate"
  3. Very low quality
  4. Custom flag for mod attention

Generally, you can only raise a flag of each type once. (Custom flags are an exception. Another exception: if your close flag has expired without a decision, you can cast it again after a period of time.) And you cannot have two pending flags on the same post, regardless of the type.

(For completeness: you also can't cast VLQ while the question is in the close queue, or if it has a positive score.)

  • $\begingroup$ Custom flags can also be repeated. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Nov 6 '15 at 8:19
  • $\begingroup$ @Asaf Are you sure? This thread seems to disagree... (I don't know, I've never tried.) $\endgroup$ – Najib Idrissi Nov 6 '15 at 9:24
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    $\begingroup$ @Najib: That thread is about adding a second flag to a currently open flag. And yes, I am sure. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Nov 6 '15 at 9:24
  • $\begingroup$ @Asaf I see, thanks for the clarification. $\endgroup$ – Najib Idrissi Nov 6 '15 at 9:26

Duplicate flags and other close flags are both the same type of flag. And you can only raise one flag of each type.

Since you'd already raised the Unclear flag, you were prevented from raising any further Close flags. You could still leave a comment guiding the asker to the original question, of course.

  • $\begingroup$ thanks for clarification, I was under the impression that each entry in the list is one type $\endgroup$ – null Nov 6 '15 at 0:30

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