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flagging as duplicate without any details shouldn't be allowed

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I was reading this question. I was trying to flag something as duplicate. When I tried to flag as duplicate with no details, I got the message Thanks! A moderator will review your flag.

while flagging flag

That may be a problem. It has to be fixed. Otherwise, a lot of people will troll with it. Eventually if codidact becomes big people can "troll" by closing question with themselves as the target As a comment says in this post. It won't be completely like trolling, but a moderator will be annoyed by having to review flags like that.

Why does this post require moderator attention?
You might want to add some details to your flag.
Why should this post be closed?

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Agreed! I got those flags as moderator and couldn't figure out what they were referring to. Ideally a Duplicate Flag should require an actual target. But short of that (which would be complicated because the additional information for each type of flag would be different), a text field to fill in details (in this case, duplicate target) would make a huge difference. manassehkatz‭ about 1 month ago

This is a bug. The duplicate close reason is supposed to require a link. I just checked the configuration here on meta and it's set to yes (required), but I was able to flag this as a dupe without supplying one. Thanks for the report. Monica Cellio‭ about 1 month ago

Oh wait, I see what's going on -- if you close as a duplicate you have to supply a link, but if you flag you don't. That's an oversight. I don't know what it'll take to fix this. At the very least, we could add some text asking people to supply the link in the textbox. Monica Cellio‭ about 1 month ago

@MonicaCellio i think there should a easy way to do it. if user selects duplicate than the text field can't be empty. Like it does when we select other. I will try to check the code(I am not a Ruby programmer that's why i always don't understand those codes). After looking at the source, I noticed community is taking Is a duplicate flag from database. And, It doesn't have for answer. Istiak‭ about 1 month ago

This code is written for answer and question both. So, now I think may become tough to solve. Istiak‭ about 1 month ago

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