I recently flagged an answer with the reason:

Duplicate answer of: https://stackoverflow.com/a/17803738/916299

but the flag was declined.

declined - flags should only be used to make moderators aware of content that requires their intervention

It may not have been clear from the flag, but the answer was posted twice on the same question. Is this really not something I should flag?

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    You should have used other and explained the same user posted the same answer twice. That looks like you're saying the question is a duplicate (if you don't follow the link and just read quickly) Commented Apr 6, 2014 at 21:43

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Fat fingered that one, but in the future, include more information. We see a lot of "this is a duplicate answer" flags that are completely meaningless. Here's a better flag:

Duplicate of answer on same question from same user.

This conveys that the user has posted two of the same answer on the same question, which is much more actionable and gets our attention better.

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    But if I (or someone) provide a link to the duplicates in flags, shouldn't they be checked as well?
    – hjpotter92
    Commented Apr 6, 2014 at 21:44
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    @hjpotter92 Honestly, no. I don't always follow the link. A lot of these flags are pointless and get declined. So unless you give me some better reason to investigate further, you're not going to achieve much with the flag.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Commented Apr 6, 2014 at 21:45
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    -1 for making mistakes robo-moderators shouldn't be doing Commented Apr 7, 2014 at 0:50
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    +1 for fat-fingering... whoops, meant -1
    – Blue Ice
    Commented Apr 7, 2014 at 0:59

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