I am somewhat confused by the duplicate flag. If one tries to flag a question as a duplicate, a comment is automatically added (in the flagger's name) asking the OP whether the proposed duplicate answers the question.
However, when this is done, other users will usually chime in that we only close a question as a duplicate after the OP has indicated that the proposed duplicate answers the question (implying that the flagger should not have flagged the question as a duplicate).
- Is it incorrect to flag a question as a duplicate, as a proposed answer, or should we only flag when we already know that it is a duplicate?
- If the latter, why does flagging as a duplicate automatically add the comment asking the OP whether it answers the question?
(See this question for examples of the comments described here. Note the comment, "https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/263495/young-adult-novel-about-a-boy-and-girl-who-could-see-through-each-others-eyes", in my name, which I did not add; it was added by the system when I tried to flag it as a duplicate. You can see the response to my flag, as well, in the comments on the question.)
Due to the system adding the comment with the question to the OP, I would think the process would be:
- Flag it. The comment will be added automatically.
- Wait and see whether the OP answers "yes" or "no".
- If the OP answers, "yes", then close it as a duplicate.