I've seen a few questions that are flagged as duplicates, but the questions they are apparently duplicates of will elicit completely different answers, and it's just really annoying.

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    Can you link them? – Ave Aug 28 '16 at 18:24

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  • Why do flags get declined, if you want us to raise them in such a case? I flagged a wrongly closed question and got turned down (before I had the rep needed to reopen vote it myself). The question got reopened anyway, so I wasn't wrong either. – dly Sep 13 '16 at 6:39
  • @dly mistakes happen; apologies – badp Sep 13 '16 at 7:03
  • No worries, just wanted to make sure how it's being handled correctly. – dly Sep 13 '16 at 7:06

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That is a misflag and the question shouldn't be marked as duplicate. If you see that happening, leave a comment saying that it shouldn't be marked as duplicate and point out that answer doesn't apply. I think that you can put a moderator flag explaining the situation and ask the close votes to be cleared, but a mod clarifying if that's OK would be better.


That's OK. Asker should put a bounty on the other question saying that the answers doesn't help with his case.

  • Oh, right, forgot to state that you can vote to reopen. If you have enough rep and the question is closed, you can vote to reopen as badp said. – Ave Aug 28 '16 at 18:35

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