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Flag declined, but question closed for the same reason [duplicate]

Yesterday I had flagged mysql-select-query, question as "Not a Real Question", and my flag was declined. But when I checked the question today, it had been closed as "Not a Real Question". I don't ...
Balanivash's user avatar
14 votes
2 answers

This is Vandalism?! What the heck? [duplicate]

This post was flagged by the system as vandalism, because the user had just deleted five of his old junk answers (need 10K rep to see): Answer 7995793 Answer 7996014 Answer 8024704 Answer 8041394 ...
Awesome Poodles's user avatar
29 votes
1 answer

Declined NAA flag - why? [duplicate]

This answer looks very much as not-an-answer to me but was declined (no evidence). On the bright side: it was at least deleted :-) Screenshot so <10K can judge as well: Any idea as to why my ...
kleopatra's user avatar
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11 votes
3 answers

My flags are disputed, but flagged posts are deleted [duplicate]

6 of my "not an answer" flags were disputed over the night, but the flagged answers are gone. I'll post some links. Maybe somebody with 10k+ rep can confirm that the answers are deleted: Problem ...
Nikola K.'s user avatar
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8 votes
3 answers

Flagged needed mod attention, question closed by mod, but flag declined? [duplicate]

I couldn't find anything specific regarding this as all flag questions seem to address the flag in particular, that said: I usually wouldn't post anything like this as it is just a flag, and the ...
Jon's user avatar
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3 votes
2 answers

A moderator declined your flag [duplicate]

The flagging page specifically states: "Something not quite right? Let us know about it." I was flagging some items yesterday, including this question, which says: The main problem I have is that ...
Drise's user avatar
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10 votes
2 answers

Declined "off topic" flag confusion [duplicate]

I try to pride myself on being fair and efficient when raising flags on SO and am trying to keep as high of a ratio for helpful:disputed(and now declined) flags as possible. I raised one today for a ...
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14 votes
1 answer

Flag: "Please don't misuse the offensive flag on posts like this" [duplicate]

Yesterday, I flagged as "not a real question" because the question was not in proper quality. The flag has been declined by a moderator; however, the ...
Raynold's user avatar
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3 answers

Flagged answer was "helpful" but was not deleted [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does flag marking as helpful/declined not always correlate with moderator action? An answer I flagged today as being of a "very low quality" was deemed to be "helpful": ...
Bart Kiers's user avatar
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3 votes
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Why aren't some helpfully flagged questions closed? [duplicate]

Take, for example, this question, in which it is not clear what the asker is asking. I had flagged this question as "unclear what you're asking" which was deemed helpful, but apparently no action has ...
user avatar
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2 answers

Flag declined when moderator attention was actually needed [duplicate]

I flagged this question using the "Other (needs moderator attention)" option, and in the textbox I put User seems to be posting answers to quizzes in a place where other students can easily access it....
jonhopkins's user avatar
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2 answers

Why was my flag invalid when the requested action was taken? [duplicate]

On the heels of a recent post regarding a user spamming "Thanks in advance is considered extremely rude" and starting arguments on several posts, I ended up sending in 3 detailed flags on posts where ...
user avatar
9 votes
1 answer

Answer flagged as "not an answer" still exists (was not removed) [duplicate]

Some number of days ago I came across this answer which I felt was a very poor attempt to answer the question. So I flagged it as "not an answer", and a while later my flag was marked as "helpful". ...
Paul Richter's user avatar
4 votes
2 answers

How can a flag be helpful without any action taken? [duplicate]

I flagged this question to be duplicate of this one and my report was marked as helpful: But I do not see any action taken. I suppose the duplicate question should be closed. Then how is the flagged ...
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2 answers

flag: declined, but acted upon [duplicate]

This answer had a rather unhealthy discussion happening in the comments section and was still ongoing. I flagged with other, message: "post needs comments ...
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3 votes
1 answer

Reasons for keeping Off-Topic question [duplicate]

I recently flagged a question as off-topic: and my flag was marked as "Helpful" yet the question still ...
George Mitchell's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer

Why was question flag declined when requested action was taken? [duplicate]

I found a few other related questions, but they were in regards to flags for different reasons such as closing the question. I flagged a question to say that all comments were obsolete. I would have ...
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2 votes
1 answer

Custom flag incorrectly declined [duplicate]

I flagged this question ("convert my perl code to PHP") as "Too localized and off topic". My flag was declined. The reason I flagged it that way instead of using the closing tool is that I had used ...
xlecoustillier's user avatar
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1 answer

Request for clarification on a flag decline [duplicate]

Just wondering if someone could clarify the reason as to why my flag was declined for an answer on this question (I have added the link to the answer which has been deleted but anyone with moderator ...
Ren's user avatar
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3 votes
1 answer

Declined flag, but post was deleted [duplicate]

I flagged this post as "Not an answer" but my flag was declined: I want to improve my flags by understanding what posts should I flag and what kind of flag should I arise, so I entered the question ...
Maroun's user avatar
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3 votes
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Helpful migration flag, but no action [duplicate]

I cannot understand why my flag was marked as helpful if no action was taken on it. I am talking about this flag on this question. It's helpful but no action was done on it. Any explanation how ...
Ionică Bizău's user avatar
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1 answer

"Low quality answer" Flag was declined, however post was ultimately deleted [duplicate]

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, ...
Lalit Kumar B's user avatar
6 votes
1 answer

Why was the flag declined, even though the answer was deleted? [duplicate]

I had flagged this answer as not an answer. The flag was declined by a moderator stating this reason declined - flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong ...
Rahul's user avatar
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Why was my flag for "too localized" declined, but the question closed with the "too localized" reason? [duplicate]

I flagged this question as too localized. Today I looked at my flagging history and saw that my flag was declined with the message flagging questions to beg for help is abuse of the flagging system....
Johannes Kuhn's user avatar
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0 answers

Why didn't my helpful flag result in the reopening of my question? [duplicate]

Some days ago, I asked a question which got 4 down votes and further put on hold by mr. minitech citing the reason that it was too broad and answers would be apparently very long not suitable for this ...
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I comment on answer why NAA and flagged but my flag is declined [duplicate]

Regarding this post, I flag NAA and comment on that post. How your answer is different from above answer The post is deleted, but my flag is declined. Why?
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94 votes
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Allow moderators to reverse and/or nullify flag decisions

We've been getting a lot of complaints about moderator flag decisions being incorrect or inconsistent lately. Flag declined, but question closed for the same reason Why does flag marking as helpful/...
Bill the Lizard's user avatar
88 votes
1 answer

Why are the moderators being so strict with quality related flags recently?

I recently flagged a question as "very low quality", just like I've flagged many questions in the past. However, my flag was found to be unhelpful this time. The same thing happened when I recently ...
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1 answer

If a flag turns out to be be useful, can the "disputed" status be updated?

I flagged a post on Stack Overflow, but as it wasn't accepted, I got a "disputed" in my flag stats. But to my surprise, the question was actually put on hold an hour later. No edits or ...
Daahrien's user avatar
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10 votes
3 answers

Flag deemed not helpful but was

I submitted a flag on this question ' How to check for equals? (0 == i) or (i == 0) ' because it was poor but had an open bounty. As such, it could not be closed, so I flagged it with the message: ...
Levi Morrison's user avatar
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0 answers

FAQ for Stack Exchange sites

Community FAQ For sites in the Stack Exchange 2.0 network To see a list of commonly used words and phrases, see the glossary. For official guidance from Stack Exchange, visit the Help Center. Asking ...
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3 answers

Flag Declined although suggested action was followed

I flagged Hide TD into DIV Using jQuery as a duplicate of Hide TD into DIV Using jQuery which are exact duplicates. I voted to close it as an exact duplicate and also flagged it and mentioned in the ...
Gabriele Petrioli's user avatar
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2 answers

Flagged "not an answer", flag marked helpful but answer still exists

I flagged this answer, which was marked as helpful. So why does this post still exist? Someone edited the post a few minutes back, so here's the original revision that I flagged: Could you try ...
N Sharma's user avatar
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3 answers

Please provide a moderator decline that does not penalize flaggers

I recently got penalized for flagging an answer that does not meet Stack Overflow's standards. The flag was declined, and I suspect because it was an accepted answer. In this case, the declined flag ...
user avatar
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2 answers

Flag helpful but no action taken on tag war

In regards to I left a comment suggesting that the author should re-tag his question after he went into a 'tag war' with another high-rep user on the site. ...
Benjamin Gruenbaum's user avatar
0 votes
1 answer

Close/NAA/VLQ flags: Helpful/Disputed/Declined outcome change

This is a follow-up to: (Flags) Leave Open ~ Declined, Looks OK ~ Disputed? A long time ago, both types of flags had the same type of behavior. Both would place the post into the respective community ...
user avatar
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1 answer

Reputation loss with a spam or offensive flags

As the help page says: You lose reputation when: One of your posts receives 6 spam or offensive flags:−100 I think this should be changed. This means that in less popular tag posts this is more ...
SysDragon's user avatar
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4 votes
1 answer

Flag declined after a day

I flagged an answer that was made 8 hours ago from my flagging and was missing half of it. use this code: was the answer So I flagged it and after 2 hours I saw someone had added code to it: use ...
Jaanus's user avatar
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17 votes
1 answer

Why are some duplicate questions not closed despite my flags being marked helpful?

I have flagged many questions on Stack Overflow as duplicate and the flags are dismissed as helpful by a moderator, but the questions are not closed. One example is a question regarding Android ...
Vamsi's user avatar
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5 votes
1 answer

"Helpful" flags not really helpful?

Recently, I found the part of Stack Overflow. I have found that many of the questions asked here are off topic or otherwise not suitable for Stack Overflow. When I ...
Joshua Dwire's user avatar
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6 votes
1 answer

What happens to closure flags if the question has been edited?

I recently came across a question that was clearly lacking enough detail to be answered in its current state. I commented, extensively showing that details were missing and the question was unclear as ...
Jan's user avatar
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-13 votes
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How to remove duplicate answer (Flagging for moderator attention is also not working correctly) [closed]

My question is how to remove duplicate answers, I mean many users just copy the correct answer and post it as their own without even knowing what they have posted. So how can I remove these answers ...
Ankit Sharma's user avatar
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2 votes
1 answer

How do 'useful' flags work? [duplicate]

I flagged a question on ELU as proofreading, (which it is). I see later that it has been put on hold, but only by Dan Bron and tchrist♦. How do flags work? I'm not trying to get a mention or any ...
marcellothearcane's user avatar
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0 answers

Sandboxing the FAQ for Stack Exchange sites to make it international

The content was taken from the rev. 233 of FAQ for Stack Exchange sites to test an idea shared on a comment to my answer to Help develop the site and community knowledge base in your language. The ...
Rubén's user avatar
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Re-mark declined flags as helpful if the question is later put on hold/closed for that reason

When I flagged this question on Android Enthusiasts for being off-topic (it's a development question), I got my flag declined without a stated reason: However (almost a month later!) the question has ...
Zackary's user avatar
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3 votes
2 answers

Flagged comments show as "helpful" when post was deleted but remain visible

This could potentially be a duplicate of Why does flag marking as helpful/declined not always correlate with moderator action?, but the timing makes me think maybe not. There was a lengthy discussion ...
user3483203's user avatar
2 votes
1 answer

Details of a declined off-topic flag where the question was still closed

The canonical question on how a flag can be declined even though the action it suggests is still taken has this to say on what happens to off-topic flags that go through a review queue: If your ...
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Questions closed as duplicate include references to those that do not answer the question

As an example, consider the following question: Review Audit shows an answer that's duplicate I flagged it (incorrectly) as a duplicate of Review-beta: Obviously good answer in low-quality and ...
devnull's user avatar
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