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I flagged some posts yesterday, and two of them were apparently rejected, as no action was taken. I would like to improve my flagging discrimination; please explain why these were bad flags:

Reading feeds in Java

"This is a discussion-type question, with no clear answer."

find+root+remove+empty files ---> on unix

"off topic" (it seems to me this is a Unix shell question, not a programming question)

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up vote 7 down vote accepted

No action does not mean they got rejected (as invalid flags), but sometimes moderators don't want to intervene in matters that can be solved by the community.

I know that's how we treat most of the flags on Gaming, we try to let the posts be closed by votes whenever possible.

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When this is done, does it affect my flag weight? – Mr.Wizard Apr 3 '11 at 23:31
@Mr.Wizard It depends if they dismiss the flag as valid or invalid – Michael Mrozek Apr 4 '11 at 1:28
@Michael is there a way to tell from the Flagging Summary that something was either rejected, or dismissed as invalid? – Mr.Wizard Apr 4 '11 at 1:33
@Mr.Wizard No, but I wouldn't worry about it; just flag if you think you should – Michael Mrozek Apr 4 '11 at 1:34

The Java question is clearly a survey-type question. I voted to close.

The Unix question certainly doesn't seem like a programming question. I voted to migrate to SuperUser (although Unix.SE might work as well). EDIT: It was migrated at 23:07 UTC.

I'd say that both were decent flags.

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