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Flag deemed Invalid, but question closed for the same reason

Mean, Median, Mode, Range - Java seemed not a real question to me, so I flagged it; my flag was marked invalid, but the question was still closed as not a question.


Is this a bug, or how should I understand this?

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marked as duplicate by Won't Aug 19 '11 at 15:38

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

This has been brought up like 20 times in the past 2 weeks on meta. Please utilize the handy dandy search function in the top right (when you click it it EMBIGGENS!) – JNK Aug 19 '11 at 14:01
I was searching but the first 5 questions doesn't fit. – oliholz Aug 19 '11 at 14:09
@JNK, maybe this points out a larger problem with the flagging system that should be addressed. – Lance Roberts Aug 19 '11 at 14:12
@lance I think you may be right, but more I think it's because people are overly concerned about flag weight and don't understand how it works. – JNK Aug 19 '11 at 14:14
/megaultrafacepalm – Won't Aug 19 '11 at 15:37
up vote 2 down vote accepted

It's not a bug. The user who marked your flag as invalid is not one of the users who voted to close that question.
The moderator who marked your flag as invalid probably thought your flag was not correct. Consider also that, given the number of flags the moderators deal with, they could make some mistakes, in some cases; after all, they are human beings.

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While I agree that

This question is ambiguous, vague, incomplete...

I disagree that it is

rhetorical and cannot be reasonably answered in its current form.

It had four close votes and two good answers when I looked at it. Sure, it could have been more specific, but there was plenty of information there for people to answer the question. Your first course of action should always be to use the tools you have available to deal with a problem. That question could be improved through editing.

In short, that question did not require moderator attention.

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In short, that question **did not** require moderator attention. should be a dismiss reason. – Won't Aug 19 '11 at 15:39

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