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Flags that have been declined by a community moderator or other trusted members of the community.

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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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When should the “Not an Answer” flag be used? [duplicate]

A few hours ago, I flagged an answer as not an answer. Additionally, I left a comment, basically saying that this answer has nothing to do with the question. My flag got declined with the following ...
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Is it forbidden to use “Other” flag for link-only answers? [duplicate]

I flagged an answer 10K only link that looked like this: This is not my article but have a look at <external URL> which looks like it will work for you. I used the "Other" flag, with a ...
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Proposed flag decline reasons?

As a precursor to adding decline reasons for suggested edits we have added decline reasons for moderator flags. Because flagging for moderator attention can result in some fairly severe unilateral ...
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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 ...
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Is “Too old to migrate” a good reason NOT to migrate? [duplicate]

I flagged this question: Tetris-ing an array with a note: Should this not be moved to codegolf? It is that type of question... And I got the response: declined - Too old to migrate. What does ...
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Was it a mistake to flag these answers? [duplicate]

My not an answer flags for the below answers were declined "a moderator reviewed your flag, but found no evidence to support it". I am sorry I am kind of sleepy .. but you can read here to get an ...
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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/...
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What are the “Bad Things,” if any, associated with the declined flag count? [closed]

Premise There should be an FAQ that addresses the consequences (if any) of a high "declined flag" count or a low helpful:declined ratio. Analysis There are a LOT of questions on meta surrounding ...
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Why are accepted answers immune from Flagging link-only answers as Not an Answer?

Let's assume you agree with the yoda's corrective action to a link-only-answer (#12) of the Faq Post What is an acceptable answer? [A link only] answer must be improved as described above, else it ...
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Either I need clarification on the 'Not an answer' flags or it needs a new description [duplicate]

First of all - I'm not going to bitch and moan to moderators in this topic. I'm here to ask clarification because I've had a flag declined and I really have no clue what I did 'wrong', or how to avoid ...
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Flag declined, link-only answer subsequently deleted [duplicate]

I flagged Runtime Error 3061 Help (ms access) as very low quality on the grounds that it was an answer consisting only of links, and was notified: very low quality – 18 hours ago declined - a ...
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More informative flagging history for comments

When we enter the flagging history for our account through the number link in our profile, we get a nice list of flagged questions/answers, and on the right a summary of the number of helpful, ...
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Possibly offensive usernames

I flagged this user as having a possibly offensive name (another example): I said "possibly offensive" because it's possible it's a genuine surname I wasn't aware of, but googleing didn't show any ...
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Categorized views in past flags (helpful/declined/disputed)

I like to know it when I do or see something wrong. So I really like our flagging history (x moderator attention flags, y deemed helpful, z declined, etc.) I specifically find the declined / disputed ...
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Why were these “Very low quality” flags declined?

I flagged both this and that answers for "very low quality". The former because it's just a link without even a minimal summary, and the second because it isn't comprehensible whatsoever. Both were ...
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Flag marked invalid even though question was closed for same reason: can I challenge?

I flagged this question as "Not a real question" today, and since then my flag has been marked "invalid" and so I've lost 10 hard-earned flag weight points. However, the question itself has been ...
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Your last flag was declined - no it wasn't

I went to flag something, and in the flag dialog I got the message "Your last flag was declined - please review it before flagging this post!" That's all well and good, but when I went to review my ...
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Are “works for me” answers valid?

I've seen a number of questions where the only code posted is code that functions properly. On that occasion, there will often be a number of users leaving comments stating (and demonstrating) that ...
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When an answer answers the wrong question, is it Not An Answer?

Looking at this comment and the response to it, I'm a bit confused: Just to clarify. I shouldn't flag an off-topic answer as "Not an Answer" right? Example: OP asks "How do I append a string to ...
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Why was this very low quality flag declined?

Question (since closed and deleted): Cyrus beck line algorithm program in c or c++. I know about the specific meaning of VLQ flags, and I can't fathom why anyone would think that question wouldn't be ...
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My “not an answer” flag is gone and not showing in my history

Some time ago I flagged this as not-an-answer. For a while, link to this flagged answer has been visible in my flagging history (flag was declined in case if that matters). As far as I remember it ...
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Can a declined flag be reverted or removed from history?

I've received a "declined" response on a tag, which actually was helpful as confirmed by <insert some authoritative but obscure link to SO, like some tag page that tells that this tag became off-...
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Serial flag decliner

Looking back at one of my previous questions here at meta I feel like I was hit by serial flag decliner (someone who makes a large number of questionable declines of flags in a row): Was it a mistake ...
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Require Second Opinion for Flagged Answers

I just did a flag on following answers answer. answer answer answer answer But from the moderator i got message like declined - flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an ...
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Is it OK to indicate that I downvoted in a comment?

This is from my Flagging Summary: [Me:] Where did my comment go? It was a factual explanation for the -1, and I did keep it strictly neutral in tone. – 7 hours ago [Mod:] declined - Comments ...
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Should moderators be allowed to decline flags on their own comments?

I think I just witnessed a moderator decline a flag raised on his own comment. (I'm hesitant to discuss specifics unless I have to, as I don't mean to put anyone in a negative light.) Since there are ...
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When should a flag be declined?

I have already seen this post, but it is from the Era of Displayed Flag Weight. Also, it talks about moderating SO/SU (where flags are as rare as hay in a haystack and flag weight is a bigger deal). ...
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One incorrectly declined flag causes a warning every time I attempt to flag a post

I had flagged this post on Stack Overflow as spam. The flag was declined, then later in a meta topic we found it was spam and got deleted as such, but the flag's still marked declined. However, ...
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Why was this comment flag declined?

I flagged this comment as 'Not Constructive' but it was declined. Was it wrong to flag it? Is this a constructive comment? Should I "relax" and understand that heavily upvoted and humorous content is ...
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Why was off-topic flag declined?

I flagged this question as off-topic. But since I didn't - and still don't - think it falls within the possibilities given as default off-topic reasons, I flagged it for moderator attention. If we go ...
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Why am I seeing the message “Some of your recent flags have been decline” when flagging?

I am seeing the warning that "Some of your recent flags have been declined." on Stack Overflow. However, looking at my flag history, this is how it is laid out: 38 Flags overall 7 Active Flags 1 ...
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Dealing with questions that openly imply software piracy

I raised a flag on Is there any loop hole to create a .apk file when using the evaluation version of mono for android on Visual Studio? with the message "The poster is asking for help to avoid ...
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How do I see which comment flags have been declined? [duplicate]

I have previously flagged a comment and the flag has been declined. I am perfectly happy for the flag to have been declined but I would like to know which comment it is so that I can possibly learn ...
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Show declined flags in inbox

I propose that moderator flags which are declined should show up in the global inbox, as a way to more clearly and reliably educate the user on why their flags are declined, thus improving the quality ...
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Is this really not spam?

Today I flagged this answer as spam. I thought it was really obvious, user linking to a site with same name as the user, the link was also in the profile. Additionally the answer seemed rather content-...
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What kind of answer should be flagged as “Very Low Quality”, but not flagged as “Not an Answer”?

I recently downvoted and flagged an answer as "Very Low Quality". The answer was to a two year old question that already had three correct answers (including one accepted), and the existing answers ...
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How to flag an answer that does not answer the question? [duplicate]

I have flagged this answer as "not an answer" - the description of the flag is: This was posted as an answer, but it does not answer the question. It should possibly be an edit, a comment, another ...
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Mark flags as valid if question is subsequently closed for the exact reason (eg not a real question) as the original flag

People asked about other types of flags (e.g. low quality) but I am asking a question about the "Not a real question" flag. I flagged a question as not a real question. The flag was marked invalid ...
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Flag: “Please don't misuse the offensive flag on posts like this” [duplicate]

Yesterday, I flagged https://stackoverflow.com/q/15679525/2147039 as "not a real question" because the question was not in proper quality. The flag has been declined by a moderator; however, the ...
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Change “helpful flags” line to include number of declined flags?

I like the new line that lists the number of helpful flags you've had, because now I know when flags get approved by seeing an incrementing number rather than a solid "750" all the time. However, I ...
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Is it OK to copy parts of an answer from one SE site to an answer on another SE site?

I flagged this answer earlier with a custom reason explaining that the code had simply been copied from an answer to a similar question on another SE website. The author of the newer answer has ...
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Declined NAA flag? [closed]

I flagged this as Not An Answer and just saw it declined, which I hadn't seen coming. For posterity, here is the answer, which is by the OP of the question: Sorry for the late answer , I've found ...
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Flag declined after an edit. How can we fix this?

I flagged an answer as "Not an answer" because it was nothing but a link. I downvoted it, flagged it, and left a comment. After some coaxing from another member and myself, the poster edited the ...
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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 ...
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Why was my custom flag to close a question declined?

I have flagged this question for closing. And I have given reason: Question should be closed. Stack Overflow is not a Recommendation Engine.SO is not a recommendation engine. https://meta....
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Is it fair to penalize those who flag when their flag was accurate at the time of submission?

Earlier today I flagged this question using the following flag option: Questions asking us to recommend or find a tool, library or favorite off-site resource are off-topic for Stack Overflow as ...
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Why was this flag on alleged Code of Conduct violations declined?

Monica recently posted a question making her case to the community, she argued: My patience is not infinite; the company has already dragged this out for nearly a month while harm continues to ...
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Guaranteed flag-ban after a series of helpful flags

Related: Allow recovery from flag hellban Note: I am not requesting different action in my case; but thought the behavior was worth bringing up. I had 3 declined flags in row recently (it was a bad ...
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Should +1 and thanks comments be a declined flag?

As a moderator for GD.SE I was always led to believe our role is to clean old comments as they are intended to be a temporary item depending on the level of context and if they add any benefit to an ...