Having the badge hammer is a bit of a double edge sword. There are times when you may think a question has a duplicate but are not sure. Especially during review...

It would be nice if there was an option to apply the badge hammer or let op/community decide on status of duplicate yet still be able to mark it as duplicate and place it in the queue.

As it stands I believe the only thing one can do is add a comment and not place the question in the queue.

Am I correct in this assumption or is there a way to do it without bringing the hammer down.


Nope. Once you have it, that is the only hammervote you can swing. I'm in the same boat as a moderator, now every close vote is binding, so I am much less likely to vote in general. With great power...yada yada.

You might also find this question interesting: Badge Hammer - How To Use Responsibly?


  • Thanks, I saw that answer but was hoping tagging this as a feature request may well work as a feature request lol....Thanks for the confirmation
    – Eric
    Mar 8 '17 at 19:04
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    I'll ask around.
    – Adrian Larson Mod
    Mar 8 '17 at 19:05
  • Seems like this is a commonly requested feature and there's a lot of pushback. In other words, don't hold your breath. @Eric
    – Adrian Larson Mod
    Mar 9 '17 at 1:20
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    Ha, reminds me of another process, what was it, ahh, Salesforce Ideas lol
    – Eric
    Mar 9 '17 at 1:38

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