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?


Not all duplicates should be deleted. Some are useful as signposts for search: having some differently phrased versions of an important question increases the chances of a search engine finding it.

Also, not all questions can be deleted by the author. If a question receives an answer with an upvote, or more than one answer, deletion will be blocked. The author can still vote to close in such a case, if they recognize the question to be a duplicate.

Flagging is useful for other reasons too, for example to ask a moderator to

  • migrate the question to another site;
  • remove a chain of comments spiraling out of control
  • investigate a suspicious voting pattern on the question
  • ...

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