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I flagged this question ("convert my perl code to PHP") as "Too localized and off topic". My flag was declined.

The reason I flagged it that way instead of using the closing tool is that I had used my 50 closings for one day.

Since I flagged it, the question was closed as "too localized", which seems to prove that I wasn't the only one thinking that it was.

Can someone explain me why this flag got declined? I don't really mind as my accepted/declined flags ratio is high enough, but I'd like to understand.

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... what was the decline reason? – Matt Mar 7 '13 at 16:48
Where can I find it ? It only says "declined - a moderator reviewed your flag, but found no evidence to support it" – X.L.Ant Mar 7 '13 at 16:49
Heh, that is the decline reason; a moderator reviewed your flag, but found no evidence to support it. Only the moderator who declined your flag can answer for definite, but this might have been a simple mistake, or you might find that your flag was bundled in with other wrong flags, and the moderator had to decline them; which bundles yours with it, unfortunately. – Matt Mar 7 '13 at 16:50
Too localized, sure, but off topic? – David Robinson Mar 7 '13 at 16:51
@DavidRobinson Yeah I think you're right, I suppose I considered it something like a code review, but it is more like a "Write code for me" question. But still. – X.L.Ant Mar 7 '13 at 16:56
@Matt What do you mean, bundled with other wrong flags ? – X.L.Ant Mar 7 '13 at 16:57
AFAIK, if a post receives (for example) a "offensive" and a "low quality" flag, moderators can either mark both flags as "helpful", or "decline" them both; you can't accept one and reject the other. – Matt Mar 7 '13 at 16:58
Oh, got it. That's a weird way of dealing with wrong flags, but I suppose this is a useful tool, given the bunch of flags they surely get notified with daily. – X.L.Ant Mar 7 '13 at 17:02
up vote 9 down vote accepted

In this case, that post received two flags. One of the flags was yours, the other was another user that flagged the post as something that was quite incorrect (think flagging a post as spam that isn't).

We don't have the ability to accept one flag and decline the other, so both get declined.

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You can explicitly clear spam/offensive flags first (mod->clear offensive flags on the post), though I don't think that marks them "declined" as such. – Adam Lear Mar 7 '13 at 19:40
@AnnaLear That's good to know (though a little cumbersome from the mod panel), though there are certainly situations where two custom flags are at odds. From the mod panel, would I do the following: Expand post; clear flags using dropdown; refresh mod page; find post; mark remaining flag as helpful? Or is the system smart enough for me to just clear the spam flag using the dropdown and then marking post flag as helpful? – George Stocker Mar 7 '13 at 19:45
That's a great question that I unfortunately don't know the answer to. – Adam Lear Mar 7 '13 at 19:50
Ok, that confirms Matt's thoughts. Thanks for clarifying that. – X.L.Ant Mar 8 '13 at 7:49

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