I flagged a Code Golf question on Stack Overflow for attention after voting to close. Granted, it was nearly 2 years old - but that's why I sent the flag in; I found it randomly and doubted it was going to achieve enough views to close without intervention.
I sent in the flag as "other" with a suggestion to close or migrate (it was an interesting question, so migration may have been fitting). There was a reply:
declined - Its very old; ask on meta.codegolf if they want it.
I thought SO was for practical questions, and didn't think Code Golf fit into that category.
Its very old
I flag old stuff all the time. It's pretty common to have an old OT post necro-bumped by a new user, so the idea was to nip this in the bud. New users should only see a question like this with the words CLOSED nearby, else they may get the wrong idea. I didn't think age of the post mattered.
ask on meta.codegolf if they want it.
Was this a serious suggestion? I don't even have an account there, nor am I interested in starting one. Even if I did, I would have never thought a post like "Hey, you guys want this?" would be appropriate. I would fully expect a response like "Just flag it and let the mods decide".
I understand this response may not speak for the whole moderation team, but if any part of does, I'd like to understand it better. I didn't care what happened to the post, as long as it was closed or removed, but perhaps Code Golf is OK for Stack Overflow and I'm wrong about that.
What was my mistake, if any?
P.S. For the record, I don't care about flag weight or badges - that's not what this is about. I do care about keeping the site clean and useful, removal of off-topic posts, and understanding how and when to flag content.