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I flagged this question ("convert my perl code to PHP") as "Too localized and off topic". My flag was declined.

The reason I flagged it that way instead of using the closing tool is that I had used my 50 closings for one day.

Since I flagged it, the question was closed as "too localized", which seems to prove that I wasn't the only one thinking that it was.

Can someone explain me why this flag got declined? I don't really mind as my accepted/declined flags ratio is high enough, but I'd like to understand.

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    ... what was the decline reason? – Matt Mar 7 '13 at 16:48
  • Where can I find it ? It only says "declined - a moderator reviewed your flag, but found no evidence to support it" – xlecoustillier Mar 7 '13 at 16:49
  • Heh, that is the decline reason; a moderator reviewed your flag, but found no evidence to support it. Only the moderator who declined your flag can answer for definite, but this might have been a simple mistake, or you might find that your flag was bundled in with other wrong flags, and the moderator had to decline them; which bundles yours with it, unfortunately. – Matt Mar 7 '13 at 16:50
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    Too localized, sure, but off topic? – David Robinson Mar 7 '13 at 16:51
  • @DavidRobinson Yeah I think you're right, I suppose I considered it something like a code review, but it is more like a "Write code for me" question. But still. – xlecoustillier Mar 7 '13 at 16:56
  • @Matt What do you mean, bundled with other wrong flags ? – xlecoustillier Mar 7 '13 at 16:57
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    AFAIK, if a post receives (for example) a "offensive" and a "low quality" flag, moderators can either mark both flags as "helpful", or "decline" them both; you can't accept one and reject the other. – Matt Mar 7 '13 at 16:58
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    Oh, got it. That's a weird way of dealing with wrong flags, but I suppose this is a useful tool, given the bunch of flags they surely get notified with daily. – xlecoustillier Mar 7 '13 at 17:02
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In this case, that post received two flags. One of the flags was yours, the other was another user that flagged the post as something that was quite incorrect (think flagging a post as spam that isn't).

We don't have the ability to accept one flag and decline the other, so both get declined.

  • You can explicitly clear spam/offensive flags first (mod->clear offensive flags on the post), though I don't think that marks them "declined" as such. – Adam Lear Mar 7 '13 at 19:40
  • @AnnaLear That's good to know (though a little cumbersome from the mod panel), though there are certainly situations where two custom flags are at odds. From the mod panel, would I do the following: Expand post; clear flags using dropdown; refresh mod page; find post; mark remaining flag as helpful? Or is the system smart enough for me to just clear the spam flag using the dropdown and then marking post flag as helpful? – George Stocker Mar 7 '13 at 19:45
  • That's a great question that I unfortunately don't know the answer to. – Adam Lear Mar 7 '13 at 19:50
  • Ok, that confirms Matt's thoughts. Thanks for clarifying that. – xlecoustillier Mar 8 '13 at 7:49

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