I flagged this post as "Low Quality Answer" since it was lacking content as well as it had formatting issues. You could have a look at the Revision History to verify.

Looking at the revision history, it is evident that neither the owner deleted the post, nor did any moderator. The reviewers decided to delete the post.

My question is, don't you guys think the following message:

declined - a moderator reviewed your flag, but found no evidence to support it

is not appropriate in such cases? Since, it was the moderator who declined, however, the reviewers voted to delete the post. There could be a mechanism such that the declined flag should not be actually considered as declined finally. Because, the post was ultimately deleted as it was flagged. Although, a moderator though otherwise, however, there was a conflict between the action of the moderator and the reviewers.

I hope what I understood from the revision history and what I tried to explain in my question is correct.


I don't think this is a duplicate question. The question picked as duplicate addresses "how the flag was declined" and not "why". I mean, the answers to that questions just tells whatever happened, but it doesn't answer "why" the flag was declined.

marked as duplicate by James, Kate Gregory discussion May 13 '15 at 16:15

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Flagging an answer as VLQ is saying that the answer is so completely an unrecoverably terrible as to merit immediate deletion as there is neither any value there, nor any potential for an answer that even reaches the minimum bar for what even is an answer.

That post by no means meets those qualifications.

Not formatting the code as code is certainly a problem, but it most certainly is not an unsovlable problem; it's not even a problem that requires the author to fix; you could fix it yourself in just a few seconds. This is by no means a criteria for a post being VLQ.

As for it lacking in content, if you feel that the post is a low quality answer because it is too brief and lacking in information then downvote it. It sure looks like a low quality answer, but it is an answer, and it's an answer that could absolutely be improved to a good answer by adding additional information, so it's not beyond salvation.

That an answer is a bad answer is a reason to downvote, and optionally comment, not to flag.

The flag was correctly declined by a moderator, and incorrectly deleted by reviewers who deleted an answer despite it not meriting deletion from review.

  • Which flag would you raise in such case? – Lalit Kumar B May 13 '15 at 15:41
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    @LalitKumarB None. The post merits no flag. If you think it's a bad answer, downvote it; that's the appropriate tool for that problem. – Servy May 13 '15 at 15:43
  • Then, per your suggestion, majority of the VLQ flags are simply useless. – Lalit Kumar B May 13 '15 at 16:02
  • @LalitKumarB Why is that? When you use the flag appropriately to allow for deletion of content that actually merits deletion, it can be extraordinarily useful. Are you asserting that the majority of flags are incorrect? Personally, I know that it is a frequently mis-used flag, but I wouldn't say that the majority of flags are inappropriate; the majority are appropriate flags, even if it's not an overwhelming majority. – Servy May 13 '15 at 16:03
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    I undeleted the answer. Now there's no conflict and everyone is happy! – mmyers May 13 '15 at 16:40
  • Seems like, 'A' thinks 'YES', while 'B' thinks 'NO', but both 'A' and 'B' are correct. 'C' is wrong! Because 'C' brought 'A' and 'B' together, and then... – Lalit Kumar B May 13 '15 at 16:49
  • @LalitKumarB I'm not seeing what's so confusing here. You incorrectly flagged a bad answer as VLQ, a mod correctly declined the flag, some reviewers correctly marked the post as okay, but 5 of them incorrectly said it should be deleted, deleting the post when it shouldn't have been, and then mmyers correctly undeleted it. All of this is consistent with the fact that that answer isn't VLQ, even if it's a bad answer that merits downvotes. And the fact that this one answer isn't VLQ doesn't mean that no answers are ever VLQ, or that the flag isn't useful when used correctly. – Servy May 13 '15 at 16:49
  • @Servy, Ok, I need to digest it now. Thanks for your reply and time :-) +1 – Lalit Kumar B May 13 '15 at 16:51
  • @mmyers Thanks to you too. – Lalit Kumar B May 13 '15 at 16:52
  • @Servy - Too easy for you to just say that. But, I spent sometime to search for similar question, and then I had to include it. Else, one of those questions would have been immediately marked as duplicate. Now, a different question is marked, still wrong. But, nobody cares. Do you think it is a duplicate? If you think yes, then fine. Else, would you mind to vote to reopen? – Lalit Kumar B May 13 '15 at 17:20
  • @Servy, I think you are right regarding the confusion. I have rolled back the edit to what you suggested. I now think it is a noise, since it is not much relevant for those who understand and want to answer. Thanks again! – Lalit Kumar B May 13 '15 at 17:45

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