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I understand that mods are very busy, and would not want to open up an avenue for endless back and forth over every flag. However, when a flag is declined, is there a way to discuss it other than opening a question on Meta? Or is that the preferred method?

I (obviously) have a specific flag in mind that was declined incorrectly, perhaps because I worded it improperly, and would like a chance to say so. A question was closed as a duplicate of one that it simply is not, though it sounds similar. Tellingly, the answer to the question it is marked as a duplicate of cannot work for the closed question. Where can I point that out? Should I reflag it?

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Hm? Why not just include the closed question here, so we can check it out and see if it's a duplicate or not? Meta is exactly where you should discuss this ;) But we need a bit more info. – Yannis Apr 25 '12 at 17:03
Yes, I wanted to avoid that -- my question is more general: Should I post specific questions to Meta, or is there another recourse? – Don Apr 25 '12 at 17:05
@Don: Yes, you can. In fact, we have an entire specific-question tag dedicated to questions about a specific question on SO. – animuson Apr 25 '12 at 17:05
@animuson: Thanks! If you add that as an answer I can accept it. I was unsure of the protocols and didn't see anything in the FAQ of either site. – Don Apr 25 '12 at 17:09
@Don: If you want to ask a question about the flag and question, you should just edit that into your question here so we can take a look at it. – animuson Apr 25 '12 at 17:11
@Don why not just revamp this question and add a link to the flagged post. Otherwise this becomes a dupe of a faq post (i think). – Manishearth Apr 25 '12 at 17:11
Okay, you've all convinced me. Since I didn't find the answer to this, I thought it was a good question to ask, but I must not have looked in the right place... – Don Apr 25 '12 at 17:22
Just flag it again. Three or more times is where it starts to get abusive. If you've been shot down twice and you still don't know why, ask here. – Won't Apr 25 '12 at 19:20
"The right thing for the user to do is to question the dismissal on meta..." (quote source) – gnat Apr 29 '12 at 15:30

To my dismay as well, there are currently no mechanisms to properly discuss flags, other than posting a on Meta.

More at Allow follow-up of declined flags.

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