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Flag deemed Invalid, but question closed for the same reason

Some time ago, I've flagged this post: I want to start Java Stand alone(Swing) application without dos prompt to open? with "very low quality" flag. My flag was considered Invalid and then, some time later I see this post closed because it's "closed as not a real question".

"Very low quality" stands for "This question has severe formatting or content problems. This question is unlikely to be salvageable through editing, and might need to be removed".

Why is my flag considered invalid?

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marked as duplicate by Cody Gray, Bill the Lizard Aug 16 '11 at 14:08

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@loki, that's because the community and the moderators do not operate as a hive mind (yet). The moderator disagreed with you, but the community agreed with you in the end. –  Frédéric Hamidi Aug 16 '11 at 14:03
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Also potentially relevant, considering that you flagged as "very low quality": Flagged a question, I got an Invalid and the question got closed –  Cody Gray Aug 16 '11 at 14:05
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We get questions like this all the time, all of which boil down to "why are moderators acting like human beings rather than mindless automatons?" Guess what--we're humans, and we screw up sometimes. –  Won't Aug 16 '11 at 14:33

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Well, clearly because you weren't holding your mouth right when you submitted that flag. Or maybe this one is because the moon was in the wrong phase.

Or more likely, because the flag was processed by a moderator, who marked it as invalid, but the question was closed by a consensus of 5 users with 3k+ reputation (close vote privileges).

Only moderators have the ability to mark flags as valid or invalid, so this happens fairly often. The closing was not connected to your flag; it was merely a coincidence.

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