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I have read:

https://meta.superuser.com/questions/3154/how-should-my-flagging-change-when-i-gain-the-ability-to-vote-to-close

I haven't earned my Marshall badge yet, and:

https://math.stackexchange.com/help/privileges/close-questions

says I should vote to close rather than flag, so how do I earn my Marshall badge?

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    $\begingroup$ You get your Marshall badge by actually flagging flag worthy content. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Nov 10 '15 at 10:39
  • $\begingroup$ how does that work? $\endgroup$ – JMP Nov 10 '15 at 10:40
  • $\begingroup$ @JonMarkPerry: There are several reasons for flagging something. You can flag questions, answers, and comments. In general you can use a flag as a way to contact a moderator in a discrete way. Reasons could, for example, be a comment that is rude, an answer that is a questions, a post that is SPAM, etc. $\endgroup$ – Thomas Nov 10 '15 at 10:50
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    $\begingroup$ Slowly... how else? $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Nov 10 '15 at 10:50
  • $\begingroup$ so it's still alright to flag even though the literature says otherwise? $\endgroup$ – JMP Nov 10 '15 at 10:53
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    $\begingroup$ @JonMarkPerry: If you can vote to close, then there is no reason to involve a moderator. $\endgroup$ – Thomas Nov 10 '15 at 10:54
  • $\begingroup$ @Thomas; but then I won't get Marshall $\endgroup$ – JMP Nov 10 '15 at 10:56
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    $\begingroup$ @JonMarkPerry: You can flag for other reasons than wanting to close. $\endgroup$ – Thomas Nov 10 '15 at 11:02
  • $\begingroup$ @Thomas; so it's not illegal then? $\endgroup$ – JMP Nov 10 '15 at 11:03
  • $\begingroup$ @JonMarkPerry: What is not illegal? $\endgroup$ – Thomas Nov 10 '15 at 11:04
  • $\begingroup$ because the advice is to close not flag, but this is left to my discretion i assume - i appreciate it's not technically illegal - it's just a phrase. so flag if the post is bad but not closeworthy $\endgroup$ – JMP Nov 10 '15 at 11:05
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    $\begingroup$ Flagging a post when you should either vote to close it or downvote it, or even vote to delete, is what I call (to myself or to a fellow diamond) a "Mommy, Mommy" -flag (I wasn't the first to call it that). It is signalling that you want a moderator to do something you could do yourself. Or signalling that something is wrong, you don't know what, but you want somebody else to make the bad things go away. Which is just the modus operandi of toddlers. $\endgroup$ – Jyrki Lahtonen Nov 10 '15 at 11:09
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    $\begingroup$ And if it makes you feel better, I haven't got a Marshall badge either. Some users have gotten it by frivolously flagging everything remotely flagworthy, and earned my disrespect while doing that. Some badges are meant to take a long time to earn. $\endgroup$ – Jyrki Lahtonen Nov 10 '15 at 11:12
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    $\begingroup$ Just what exactly do you plan to do with your Marshall badge when you earn it, that makes it so important to you? You won't get much for it on eBay. $\endgroup$ – Gerry Myerson Nov 10 '15 at 11:57
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    $\begingroup$ @Thomas. No way. You didn't try and reach it in 2 months or so. I know, I know. It is more likely that users are just eager to help. Or think they are. Some just get on my nerves. Says more about me, I suppose. $\endgroup$ – Jyrki Lahtonen Nov 10 '15 at 23:51
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As commenters said, reaching 3000 reputation does not preclude you from earning Marshal badge. You can still flag spam as spam, flag Very Low Quality posts as such, flag answers that should have been a comment as Not an Answer, and flag comments when there is a reasonable case for doing so.

That said: your pursuit of badges has been noticed around the network, so you may want to put less emphasis on it in the future. "Spam Voting" - Should we stop it?

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