I flagged a question a while back because it appeared to me the OP was just fishing for points by posting a question then answering that question immediately after. I put my flag under the "other" category. I just noticed that my flag was "declined" and the explanation of why it was declined isn't really an explanation at all:
declined - Check the faq and Meta. You are allowed to do this.
I later found out that it is considered acceptable to answer your own question in the manner the OP did, but I would still like a real explanation as to why my flag was "declined". Is it just because I was actually flagging something that turned out to be acceptable, because the flag was in the wrong category, or is it some other reason entirely? Basically, what does "this" in the statement "You are allowed to do this." represent? Is this just sarcasm giving me permission to read the faq or does "this" refer to something in my flag? How about providing a link to the FAQ/Rule/SOP I violated?
I now realize that the message actually came from a real person (the Moderator who declined my flag) and was not some automatically generated message. Had I known this before I would have been able to better guess what the message meant. Since it did come from a real person, I wouldn't expect a link to the rule I violated (as has been pointed out, Mods have a lot to do).