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In this instance when a question is closed for a particular reason, would it not be better to then mark any flag with the same reasoning as "helpful" even if the flag had been previously declined by another moderator?

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I flagged this question as off topic as (other issues aside) it was more a technical question. The flag was declined but it was later closed as off topic.

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Can you provide an example? –  Cole Johnson Jan 10 '13 at 15:31
    
Ofcourse - see my edit –  DMK Jan 10 '13 at 15:35

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There was a spam flag on the post.

Because the moderators are taking a literal approach to spam flags, NAA flags, and LQ flags (and the spam flag has the highest priority out of all of these flags) I had to decline the spam flag.

Unfortunately, your flag was swept up with the rest of that. It was off topic, so then it was closed as such, but it wasn't spam, and I had to decline that.

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Thanks, that puts the reasoning behind the decline into context. –  DMK Jan 10 '13 at 15:47
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@DMK This isn't the first time that I've had to do this today; apparently, there are some people who don't know how to use the spam/offensive flag (and we can't see who's sending them, either). –  casperOne Jan 10 '13 at 16:07

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