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This is what voting is for! In the case of the 'judgement call' answers I am going to err on the side of the person writing the answer. If something is clearly not an answer - e.g. its a thank you post, or unrelated in some way - I will happily respond to the flag and delete the post. If something is clearly a misdirected comment on someone else's post - ...


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It's a standard reason for declining a flag - and I was the person who did that. However, I wouldn't take it as a personal rebuke to have a flag declined in this way. I agree it's not a great question, but it's not 'low quality' which would mean that its barely legible. From the description when you choose a flag type: This question has severe formatting ...


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First of all, you didn't really do anything wrong, it's simply how it worked out in the system. But let's analyze this step by step. What you did was raise a close-flag. A close flag does not call any moderators to action (neither does anyone explicitly mark it as "helpful/declined"). All it does is enqueue the question into the close voting review queue, ...


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The guidelines for questions, I reckon, are pretty straightforward. You'll close if a question deserves closure, vote looks OK if the flag isn't justified and skip if you're unsure. You have four options for answers: Looks OK, Edit, Recommend deletion, Skip. Let's see what answers you have to recommend to be deleted first; as its the most straightforward. ...


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Now first of all, regarding the specific case that motivated this question, you are right in that a flag being unhandled for a week is indeed a bit too long and might be worrying. However, the specific flag you are talking about was a close-flag. Close-flags aren't directly presented to the moderators but only enqueue the post into the close-voting review ...


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No, you should never remove a valid answer on the premise that another one has already been "accepted." This system is based on the premise of improving on the work you have here, and there is no way the 'accepted answer' should be used to indicate "we don't need your help anymore." Your suggestion sounds more like an argument for deleting these questions (...


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The declined flag was appropriate. Just because it was a crappy answer - "Maybe because of elven children?" - doesn't make it "not an answer". It was an attempt to answer. If you read the "Not an answer" text, it reads This was posted as an answer, but it does not attempt to answer the question. It should possibly be an edit, a comment, another question,...


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Note that it says you already issued this type of flag, not directly this flag. This is simply due to the fact how flags are categorized. You already issued a flag for closing the question. Closing as "duplicate" and closing as "too broad" both just issue close flags with all their implications (i.e. putting the question into the close vote review queue). ...


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I was the moderator who declined the flag. The reason why I did this is really outlined in my answer to this meta question: What is a low quality answer? Personally I don't believe that we should be deleting content just because its poor, that's what the voting is for. Deleting answers is abrupt and often not fully explained to the person who contributed ...


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As far as I know, you can't. But don't worry about it! Our mods here are quite thorough and they'll likely just mark your flag as unhelpful after checking out what you've flagged... and that's it.


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In a perhaps controversial statement, I'll add that I actually like it when people do that, for a few reasons: Firstly, getting the cheeky reason out of the way, it helps boost the site's number-of-answers-per-question statistic. Too many identify-this questions get one answer, it's accepted and that's that. But still, this is a fairly bad reason, so onto ...


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First of all, I was not the moderator who declined your flag and only took a look at that answer after I read this meta question. I would still encourage said moderator to post his point of view, but I don't disagree with the decision either. But here are my views on the matter. In general, the "very low quality" flag and its usage is confusing and ...


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In general a question belonging on another site is in itself not an appropriate close-reason. The primary question you have to ask is, is it on-topic on this site? Granted, the specific question is indeed not appropriate for our site and has been closed as such. Though, I strongly doubt it's on-topic for either ELL.SE or ELU.SE, though, but let's concentrate ...


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My general policy for dealing with "Not an answer" flags is outlined in this meta post, so I won't repeat all the reasons here. It's hard for me to put myself in the shoes of someone approaching the specific answers 'cold' without thinking about this meta-post. These are right on the edge of being comments on the question in my opinion but I can't really ...


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I'm not sure there is a line to be drawn here, the site works by up and down-voting questions and answers. I also don't think we need to worry too much about this, we're not curating a museum or a library - and I don't think the high-rep users or moderators should be involved in picking and choosing the best answers and deleting the others, even in the case ...


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In the hopes of not revealing any sensitive information here (but you asked anyway), there is no flag from you recorded for that linked question at all. Likewise does none appear in your list of flags. So according to the system you did not flag that question and if you say you did, then something's awry. However, you did close-vote that question. So could ...


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I am probably missing something, since that is usually the case, but... we already have an "Other" option? This only appears when you have enough rep to close vote, and one you can close vote you can no longer flag for closure. This would make the answer to getting free text custom close reasons "get more rep". Regarding adding an additional permanent ...


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