During my daily check of SO, i came across this question,

enter image description here So naturally i flagged it as low quality since such questions are impossible to answer. But for some reason the moderator reviewing the flag declined it. enter image description here

The question at hand here, when is a question worthy of flagging for a moderator's attention, should we simply ignore such questions in the future? If not then what would be the appropriate way to deal with the situation?

  • I believe these are flag/vote as off topic because --> must demonstrate a minimum understanding of the problem. I think VLQ flags are very rare and are for horrific formatting problems – Richard Tingle Sep 30 '13 at 8:37
  • @RichardTingle are all declined flags given the same description automatically ? – Patsy Issa Sep 30 '13 at 8:37
  • I believe not, but that is a regularly seen description. I believe that one is canned – Richard Tingle Sep 30 '13 at 8:38
  • This question is readable; it may be off topic and / or too broad, but it does not require deletion by a moderator. – Martijn Pieters Sep 30 '13 at 8:43
  • @PatsyIssa: I do think that the moderators have canned responses available. – Martijn Pieters Sep 30 '13 at 8:43
  • @MartijnPieters I understand that they don't have the time to go through every flagged post, but shouldn't the declined message reflect the reason? – Patsy Issa Sep 30 '13 at 8:44
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    @PatsyIssa: I think the reason is perfectly clear; don't bother moderators with content that the wider community can handle. Flagging for Off Topic or Too Broad sends the post to the close review queue instead. – Martijn Pieters Sep 30 '13 at 8:46
  • @MartijnPieters Understood, off topic and too broad = community, the rest = moderators. – Patsy Issa Sep 30 '13 at 8:47
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    See also this question for a recent discussion. I've tried to collect a number of reasons and backgrounds in my answer to it, only some of which are mentioned in the comments here. – user213634 Sep 30 '13 at 9:48