I just noticed that I (as everyone else) can flag my own questions. There are fewer options (no "spam", "rude or abusive" nor "very low quality") to choose, but it's still possible to flag your own question as "should be closed" or "duplicate".

I don't understand, if that is the case, shouldn't I just delete the question? What's the purpose of having this options?

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What if someone makes a few unsavory comments, or edits, or enters an edit war on your question? Shouldn't you be able and notify the moderators? What if you decide that it might be better to migrate the question to a different site on the SE network, but there are useful comments or answers that are worth preserving?

Yes, you could potentially raise a flag on a different post and link back, but this is vastly easier when you flag the actual post (the same way that when you arm hurts, it's easier to know that the pain actually comes from your arm, rather than your chest)

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    But see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Referred_pain – Gerry Myerson Nov 22 at 22:19
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    Yes, that was my point. – Asaf Karagila Nov 22 at 22:37
  • @Asaf can you lift the ban imposed on my account , I am unable to ask questions, I have many positive contributions to this site ,(you can check it). Please do the needful. It is a humble request – Akash Roy Nov 28 at 4:32
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    @AkashRoy: I did not put any ban on your account. This is an automatic software ban which the moderators are unable to control. Why would you think it's me, of all people? – Asaf Karagila Nov 28 at 7:20
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    I did not accuse you of banning my account @Asaf I just wanted to know when would the ban be lifted. I don't think that asking a moderator regarding some issue is a crime – Akash Roy Nov 28 at 7:42

If your question has an upvoted answer it cannot be self-deleted anymore. That's one reason why it can make sense to self-close rather than to self-delete.

Another reason is that some duplicates are worth preserving as duplicates and should not be deleted. For example if you used different terminology to describe the same thing, later searches might find your version rather then the other.

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    Also, one can flag one's own post (question or answer) for moderator attention when one is concerned it has been inappropriately targeted (usually, in such a case, there are other posts or yours which have been similarly downvoted that one should mention in such a flag). – amWhy Nov 22 at 21:24
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    Any asker can also flag their own question to ask that a moderator designate the question as a Community Wiki question, particularly when the question is a soft question, or polling for ideas, suggestions, etc, which can't be adequately fully answered in one answer. – amWhy Nov 22 at 21:31

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