I flagged this question as off topic, because it's a shopping question. There's nothing fancy going on, just a straightforward request for a list of tools. The accepted answer is scarcely more than a pile of external links.

My flag was recently declined (not disputed), and I don't understand why. The question includes a remark that it had been cross-posted to Webmasters and subsequently closed (now deleted). I assume the Webmasters community closed it for the same reason I flagged it, but can't tell, since I don't have 10k on that site.

I don't care about the flag weight; I just want to understand why it wasn't correct. Please note that I'm under 3000 rep and this was a closure flag, which would've been a close vote if I had higher rep.

  • Not to mention, it was a question that was closed and deleted on Webmasters.SE.
    – Hannele
    Aug 28, 2013 at 18:35
  • Both "e-commerce" and "google analytics" tags exist on SO, and it sounds to me like a good question that relates to both tags. I'm not clear on what you think is off-topic about the question? Aug 28, 2013 at 18:36
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    @JohnnyBones It's a shopping question. We have an explicit custom close reason on SO stating that these kinds of questions are not appropriate. As an aside, if custom flag reasons were shown to VTCers I suspect this would not have been declined. Aug 28, 2013 at 18:36
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    @EsotericScreenName It's not actually a shopping question, or a recommendation question. He's not asking for the best tool (that would be a recommendation). He's asking for a list of all of them. That makes it "too broad". Still closeable though, just for a different reason. (For the record, if I were handling the flag I would mark it as helpful, even though I would use a different close reason.)
    – Servy
    Aug 28, 2013 at 18:38
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    @JohnnyBones Just because a tag exists doesn't mean anything relating to those tags is on topic. There are lots of tags for things that aren't on topic, or lots of questions relating to a tag, but still outside of the topic scope that SO has defined (even if some other questions related to those tags would be in scope). Regardless, this is a pretty poor question that should be closed for reasons unrelated to its topic.
    – Servy
    Aug 28, 2013 at 18:40
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    It was declined automatically because of reviews.
    – Flexo
    Aug 28, 2013 at 18:42
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    @Servy A good point; there's even a comment to that effect, and it's certainly a valid reason to close the question. I picked the shopping reason because I read it as asking for the most popular ones: "I would like to know what are the main tools in the market". Aug 28, 2013 at 18:45

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The question went through the Close Queue in /review: https://stackoverflow.com/review/close/2807246.

As you can see, three people disagreed with your closure proposition and voted to leave it open. That kicked the question out of the queue and declined your flag.

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