I flagged this post as very low quality and it was declined. I have had some declined flags but this one came with a message declined - flags should only be used to make moderators aware of content that requires their intervention.

I dont really understand the meaning of this message. What is it trying to tell in respect to future flags.

(The post has been put on hold as Off-Topic)

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It means that you should only flag questions which require a moderator to take action, rather than something the community can handle.

This question isn't "very low quality" because it doesn't have any formatting or content problems as such - it's just a terrible format for Stack Overflow and very unclear what they are asking. Someone from the community would probably vote to close this as either "off-topic" or "unclear what you're asking" instead.

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    Or you can flag with those types of flags which will kick it into the >3k close queue Sep 26, 2013 at 11:52

I think that you used the wrong flag. The message of the low quality flag is

This question has severe formatting or content problems. This question is unlikely to be salvageable through editing, and might need to be removed.

You should use this flag when the question has formatting problems or it's written so bad that it's unclear what the OP actually aks.
The flagged question doesn't

demonstrate a minimal understanding of the problem being solved.

and thus it's off topic.


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