I think we could use two new flags to indicate common types of problem questions:

1) Is a duplicate of ... (with a blank for a link to another question)

2) Is derivative of .... (with a place for a link to the general class of question/wiki entry covering this question).

Of course, I don't really know what the stackexchange platform supports.

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Flag menu

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Close / Doesn't Belong Here Sub-Menu

Problem solved.

The "generic" flag won't happen - the purpose of closing as a duplicate is still to help people but without wasting our community's time and patience - and that means actually going out and finding the duplicate so the OP still gets a useful answer.

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    Note that the second dialog box looks slightly different for users < 3k rep, but the reasons and workflow are exactly the same.
    – Aaronut
    Dec 18, 2011 at 19:22
  • In particular, the header at top says why doesn't it belong here instead of why should it be closed
    – derobert
    Dec 21, 2011 at 22:36
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    I'll point out that "It doesn't belong here" --> Duplicate is not exactly an intuitive connection. Thanks for letting me know where it is, though.
    – FuzzyChef
    Dec 22, 2011 at 3:41

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