My first flag after 877 approved moderator attention flags was declined, and I'm following up to understand what was wrong with my action.

I flagged this answer, which includes a thank you statement with a loosely coupled statement about visual studio:


Even though it was deleted by a moderator, my flag was declined:


Conservative with my flags, is this an oversight or was I too hasty in flagging this as not an answer?

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    There was also a spam flag on that post, which was completely absurd. – animuson Sep 4 '13 at 21:24
  • Oh, right - they get tied together. Okay, sorry for the noise. – Jason Sturges Sep 4 '13 at 21:25
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    @animuson: Right? It's always them party poopers. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Sep 4 '13 at 21:26
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    That's an excellent flag ratio, by the way! We appreciate quality! and your quantity isn't bad at all either. – Andrew Barber Sep 4 '13 at 22:07

Moderators don't act on a single flag, they act on all flags raised for that post at the same time. My guess is someone else flagged it as spam/offensive/etc. and it was more important to decline their flag than to accept yours.

That, or the occasional fat finger. It happens.

Move on, there are more important things than flag weight. You know the post is NAA, so don't worry about it unless you see several declines.

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    Yup, that was what happened here. Good news is that I hear we'll soon be able to selectively accept / decline when there are multiple flags on a post. The developers have been making some nice improvements to the flag system lately. – Brad Larson Sep 4 '13 at 21:30
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    @BradLarson what is the ETA? six to eight weeks, or sooner? – John Dvorak Sep 4 '13 at 21:44
  • @JanDvorak - The pace things are changing, I wouldn't be surprised if they added it this morning and I just didn't notice yet. – Brad Larson Sep 4 '13 at 21:47
  • @BradLarson wow. Kudos and thanks :-) don't forget to get the respective outstanding feature-request(s) marked as status-completed ;-) – John Dvorak Sep 4 '13 at 21:50

No, your flag was probably correct, but the flag could have been declined either because someone flagged it with the wrong flag (in which case all flags get declined together), or maybe the moderator simply made a mistake when marking the flag.

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