Today, User Andy aka closed a question as duplicate. I however disagree with this, as in my opinion this question was regarding something far more specific than the general solution provided in the question it was supposed to be a duplicate of. However, I don't want to start a "yes it is - no it's not - yes it is - etc" in the comments.

Is there a standard practice to bring this up? I don't want to "undermine" Andy aka, nor do I want to go out and say that Andy aka is "wrong" and I am "right" since I don't have any authority to make that claim.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I'm a bit surprised that Andy can single-handedly close a question, but maybe there's some information missing. Maybe I'll write a new meta-question about that. \$\endgroup\$
    – pipe
    Mar 6 '18 at 14:54
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    \$\begingroup\$ @pipe because Andy has a "op-amp" gold badge. Owners of gold tag badges can single-handedly close as duplicate questions that have this tag (You'll see the tag next to Andy's name within the close annotation. Hover your mouse over, it's explained). \$\endgroup\$
    – dim
    Mar 6 '18 at 20:06
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    \$\begingroup\$ @pipe hmm really? In that case Andy may not even have known he was hammering it closed.. \$\endgroup\$
    – Trevor_G
    Mar 9 '18 at 15:36
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Trevor: That's entirely likely. I have several such gold badges, and am still surprised each time my close vote ends up closing the question regardless of the number of other votes. It's not something I think about until it happens. Note, however, that this gold badge close ability only applies to closing as a duplicate, not any of the other reasons. \$\endgroup\$ Mar 9 '18 at 16:29
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    \$\begingroup\$ I wasn't aware (prior to this) that I could single handedly close a question. I did notice it at the time and I thought "odd" but double checked that I felt the answer given by LvW enhanced the understanding for the OP and got rid of a question that was flawed in a very specific way. \$\endgroup\$
    – Andy aka
    Mar 13 '18 at 14:54

Standard practice would be to add a comment under the question, and then nominate the question to be reopened, which places it in the review queue to be examined by other community reviewers.


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