I submitted a flag on this question ' How to check for equals? (0 == i) or (i == 0) ' because it was poor but had an open bounty. As such, it could not be closed, so I flagged it with the message:
This is definitely off-topic or not constructive, but cannot be closed because it has an open bounty.
declined - a moderator reviewed your flag, but found no evidence to support it
But, alas, the question is now closed by Bill the Lizard, so apparently I was spot-on. I know I am not the only person this has happened to.
Why does this happen, anyway? Is there anything we can do to prevent these conflicting stances? Why are flags declined as being helpful but the course of action being taken anyway?
As a side note, I'd like that flag to be changed to be helpful. Silly SO moderators!