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 no apparent action was taken. 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.
A moderator took an action that isn't visible to you or other normal users, such as sending a moderator message warning or escalating the issue to Stack Exchange staff, in response to your flag.
Flags to close a question will be dismissed as helpful as soon as another user votes to close it for the same reason you flagged. However, if you don't have enough reputation to cast close votes on the question, 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 on an answer was reviewed by normal users who recommended deleting it, which marked your flag "helpful". However, the answer may not be deleted for a number of reasons:
Once the post has been reviewed with a consensus, you will be able to see a link to the review task in the timeline.
If the post (question or answer) 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.
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.