I flagged a post and (choose one)
- my flag was marked as helpful, yet nothing was done
- my flag was marked as declined, yet the post was deleted/edited/closed
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Case 1: your flag was helpful, but nothing happened. Causes include:
An edit or other action that occurred between your flag and the moderator reviewing it meant that moderator action wasn't required. However the moderator felt you were right at the time of flagging, and so marked your flag helpful to reward/encourage you.
Your flag was borderline, and the moderator felt it wasn't a bad enough post to act on it, but wanted to let you know you weren't exactly wrong.
Flags to close a question will be dismissed as helpful as soon as another user votes to close it. However, if you don't have enough reputation to see close votes, it will appear as if nothing has happened until more users vote to close and the question is actually closed.
Your "not an answer" or "very low quality" flag was reviewed by normal users who recommended deleting it, which marked your flag "helpful". However, the post may not be deleted for a number of reasons:
If the post was edited since you flagged, any "very low quality" flags will be automatically marked helpful, and any "not an answer" flags will also be marked helpful if the edit was made through the Low Quality Posts review queue.
Custom "in need of moderator intervention" flags on questions are automatically marked helpful when a moderator closes the question. If the flag dismiss time (which you can find by hovering over the "helpful" mark) exactly matches the time the question was closed, this is likely what happened. If no additional action was taken, it's possible that they simply came across the question and closed it, not realizing that there were active flags on it.
Case 2: Your flag was declined, but exactly what you wanted to happen happened (e.g. the post was deleted). Causes include:
Alternate explanation that applies to either case: a moderator clicked the wrong button by mistake and it's not a big deal. For genuinely bad posts, other people flag them too, so they end up solved.