I raised a flag on a question which was very poorly formatted. But soon after the flag was raised it was edit and nicely formatted. I feel bad about it. What can I do?

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    You don't raise for poorly formatted questions unless there is a good reason (spam, offensive, ...) to flag it. – devnull Mar 7 '14 at 8:04
  • Wait, Think before you flag. Flags are taken very seriously. – Lucifer Mar 7 '14 at 8:04

In this kind of condition, I do one of following things :-

  • Edit the question
  • Leave a comment for OP to edit it. Mark the question as favorite and come back again after sometime to check if it is edited. If not, then I raise the flag.
  • Downvote the post.

P.S. I was going to post this in comments, but then I thought, it might be more appropriate to post this as an answer. Feel free to share your views.

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  • Its OP, not PO – Lucifer Mar 7 '14 at 8:12
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    This is more helpful. Thanks! I have a new perspective to look at things now!!!! – Saurabh Jain Mar 7 '14 at 8:14
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    @Kedarnath Owner of Post or Post Owner does it really makes a difference? If I understand full form correctly. If not, please correct me. I'll edit the answer. – DroidDev Mar 7 '14 at 8:14
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    OP = original post / original poster. Searching for post owner indicates that the term is not used very often. – Stijn Mar 7 '14 at 8:20
  • @Stijn thanks, now, I think everybody here has learned something new. :) – DroidDev Mar 7 '14 at 8:28

VLQ ( Very Low Quality ) flag is supposed to only be used if you think that the post can't be improved through editing. It's when there is a non-sense text that is not recognizable or it's a hate/racist or spam. VLQ flags put whatever you flag at a risk of getting deleted from site so you really have to think before you flag it if what can/cannot be improved and deleted. Therefore please remember not to flag badly formatted questions as low quality ones.

If you're over 2K+ you're already trusted enough to simply click (Edit) below to question and improve it. If you are less than 2K+ you can still submit your proposal for an edit ( Suggested Edits ) and it ends up in a queue where more experience users judge on the usefulness of your suggested edit. If they approve your suggestion you even receive +2 rep points for it.

Side note: when improving a question/answer please try to improve all the minor and major issues you can find in a post. For example do not just capitalize the first letter of title and submit for an approval if there are other things to fix within the post. If you see lots of typos, code not properly formatted, or if you feel that you can make someone's sentence a bit clearer then go ahead and do all of that :)

If you don't want to improve the post yourself for any reason, you may downvote the post, leave a comment for OP kindly asking to improve his question, or use a custom moderation flag (but only if it is really that necessary...)

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