I've just noticed that I no longer seem to have the ability to recommend some posts for closure (which I noticed because I wanted to do something with a link only post – I eventually took the available options of commenting and flagging).

The system has been a bit wonky the last couple of days, so I wouldn't be surprised if it's that – but I wonder perhaps: did I fail some review and not notice?

Not sure if bug or just bug in user.

Edit: added the "bug" tag as suggested, as the behavior seems to persist. It's still not clear whether this is a real issue or just faulty memory/understanding.

An example (from a few hours ago) where I'd normally think I'd see a close option:

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The question has a close option for me, but the answer doesn't.

I went with flagging it (which helps me I guess, because it gets me closer to a Marshal badge, but most of these sort of things I'd try to deal with another way if I can).

I notice some of my rep totals are still inconsistent across different displays (connected with the issues from the last few days), so it may all be connected to that, perhaps.

Edit: apparently just a bug in the user. I've removed the bug tag and cropped the image to remove the comment field.

  • $\begingroup$ I can recommend closure. You can only recommend deleting a Q after it's been closed for some period of time, & an answer if it has 3+ downvotes, so I can't test that. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 18, 2014 at 13:58
  • $\begingroup$ @gung Thanks. It was odd - usually I have the ability to at least recommend closure, but yesterday there were a lot of posts (but not all of them, which was even odder to my eyes) where there was no 'close' option. [I've removed the reference to deletion since it's a distraction from the main issue.] $\endgroup$
    – Glen_b
    Commented Aug 18, 2014 at 21:18
  • $\begingroup$ Arg, I tried to comment in the comment field in the jpeg. At any rate... @Glen_b, what you show is an answer; answers never have a close option--only questions do. You flag answers & close Q's (if rep>3k, or flag if <3k; you can also flag to notify the moderators of something when rep>3k). I wonder if there's a problem or a confusion. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 21, 2014 at 1:46
  • $\begingroup$ @gung After I posted, I wondered if someone might do that. Sorry, I should have cut that bit off. Interesting - apparently it's just that I've misremembered the options I've had. It sounds like your comment is actually a complete answer, and I'm just an idiot (though I have been sick, and fuzzy-headed the last few days, so that might explain why I suddenly thought I used to have an option I never actually had). $\endgroup$
    – Glen_b
    Commented Aug 21, 2014 at 1:59
  • $\begingroup$ @NickStauner (I guess that won't notify you, but anyway) -- why the votes tag? $\endgroup$
    – Glen_b
    Commented Aug 21, 2014 at 22:10
  • $\begingroup$ It's debatable. Currently vote-to-close is synonymized with votes, and should also cover delete votes, which seems to have been what you were looking for...but I tend to be liberal in tagging things, and people who review my edits (on other sites where I have to suggest them) often remove one or two. I don't get it, but I acknowledge my bias :) $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 21, 2014 at 22:28
  • $\begingroup$ @Nick Ah. That makes sense to me now. vote-to-close -> votes ... got it. Thanks. $\endgroup$
    – Glen_b
    Commented Aug 21, 2014 at 22:39

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You cannot close answers. Answers can only be flagged. (Actually, if an answer has a score <-1 and your reputation is >20k, you can vote to delete, but that's a different story.) Only questions can be closed (this assumes your reputation is >3k, if it's less you flag). It might be confusing that you can flag both questions and answers, but only close questions, but flagging questions gives different options. When your reputation is >3k, mostly flagging questions is just about leaving a note for the moderators.

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    $\begingroup$ Thanks. It may be this "Actually, if an answer has a score <-1 and your reputation is >20k, you can vote to delete, but that's a different story" that led to my initial confusion (see first version in edit history) about having seen one of either a close or delete option on both. $\endgroup$
    – Glen_b
    Commented Aug 21, 2014 at 5:48

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