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Questions get flagged as duplicates etc, and it takes a certain amount of people to vote that question as such. But, there is no direct vote to counter the flag before it gets deleted or closed. You have to vote after the question has been dealt with. Why can't you counter a vote while it is in moderation?

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You can't retract a flag ... yet.

The ability to do so has been the subject of many s on main meta for at least 5 years:

So far it hasn't been implemented, but the first (oldest) question linked to above has been tagged by one of the Stack Exchange Community Team, so it may be implemented in the near(ish) future.

You can, however, retract a close vote or vote to leave open.

With less than 3000 rep, you can only flag a question to recommend closure, rather than casting a fully fledged close vote. But users with over 3000 rep can retract a cast close vote by simply clicking 'close' on the question again to produce a new popup with a 'Retract Close Vote' button instead of a 'Vote to Close'.

There's also the Close Votes review queue (again, accessible only to users with over 3000 rep), where every question which has been close-voted or flagged for closure gets reviewed by the community. Each reviewer can either click "Leave Open" or "Close", and enough "Leave Open" votes will remove the question from the review queue. This is the way of "counter[ing] the flag before it gets deleted or closed" that you were looking for.

  • I think he wants to flag to as a non-duplicate, if he knows that somebody else already voted or flagged to close. – Molag Bal May 14 '16 at 16:30
  • Yes, I want to know if it is possible to counter a flag. There are votes to close the thread before it is closed and the thread has to be closed before someone can vote to open it up again. If there was a system to allow up or down flags while the question is open??? – KyloRen May 15 '16 at 7:34
  • @KyloRen Yes, it is possible to vote to leave a question open even before it's closed, but only if you have >3000 rep. See the final paragraph of my answer. – Rand al'Thor May 15 '16 at 11:02
  • OK, still, 3000 rep is a bit step to be able to do this. Cheers – KyloRen May 15 '16 at 11:07
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    @KyloRen The first 1k is usually the hardest, and you're nearly there now :-) – Rand al'Thor May 15 '16 at 11:09
  • Thanks, doing my best!!!!!!!!! – KyloRen May 15 '16 at 11:16
  • @KyloRen nice name! – Christin_kate24 May 24 '16 at 3:48
  • @Kate_walsh24, thanks, I just wasn't happy with the one my dad gave to me. – KyloRen May 24 '16 at 4:07
  • Your welcome!!! – Christin_kate24 May 24 '16 at 10:36

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