Please understand that I'm not complaining about my flag that was declined. Rather, I want to increase my understanding in order to hone my flagging skills.
The basis of my question is this StackOverflow question.
I flagged it as "not a real question", due to the fact that it seemed to have XY Problem qualities in that the asker assumed the source of the problem, and as such, only posted the Error message with no supporting code, which makes me grrrr.
The state of the question at the time of flagging:
A few minutes later, the asker posted a jsFiddle link (from which I edited the question to include the relevant code), rendering my flag obsolete.
So here are my questions...
- In the question's initial state, does my flag seem reasonable, or does question contain enough info to be valid?
- Given that a question can be updated (but sometimes isn't), how long should I wait before flagging?
- When reviewing such a flag, does the moderator take into consideration the state of the question at the time of the flag? (I don't expect that. I just don't know what their tools show them.)
- Should "not a real question" flags be auto-removed when the asker updates the question?
Again, I totally accept that my flag may have been invalid, even given the question's initial state. There's always differences of opinion. I just want to reduce my unhelpful flags.