I voted to close this question as "needs more focus" when it already had four duplicate close votes. When I voted to close, it got closed as a duplicate. Since I didn't think that it was a duplicate, I immediately voted to reopen. Is this treated as abuse?

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    $\begingroup$ Since you were going to cast a close vote anyway, the reason shown will be 'duplicate', not 'needs more focus', because more people had voted to close as a dupe. $\endgroup$
    – ACB
    Mar 6 at 18:12
  • $\begingroup$ That makes sense. But is my behavior abusive? $\endgroup$
    – mathlander
    Mar 6 at 18:13
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    $\begingroup$ In this case, I see it as a just mistake. But I don't understand why you voted to reopen then, if you were going to close it. $\endgroup$
    – ACB
    Mar 6 at 18:15
  • $\begingroup$ So, instead of being closed as a pointer to a related question, you think it is more helpful to just be left floating separately and eventually deleted? $\endgroup$
    – Nij
    Mar 7 at 8:19
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    $\begingroup$ I'm not commenting on that question in particular, @Nij, but basically: yes. If a question is of low-quality, then it should be closed as such, whether or not it is a duplicate. Having a few high-quality duplicates on the site can be helpful---it builds a network of related questions which might be more visible to search. But having a bunch of low-quality duplicates running around is generally not helpful to the site (have you ever had to click through a sequence of four or five "duplicates" before getting to a good question? I know I have...). $\endgroup$
    – Xander Henderson Mod
    Mar 7 at 12:37
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    $\begingroup$ Quality first, then duplication. Low-quality posts should be deleted, whether or not they are duplicates. You can always put a dupe link in the comments. $\endgroup$
    – Xander Henderson Mod
    Mar 7 at 12:38


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