Why are some flags declined when the question is being closed anyway? Is there a set of rules to decide if each flag was helpful when closing? Since the flag drew attention to a question that needed to be closed, isn't it helpful regardless of the type (excepting, of course, spam and offensive flags)?

I ask because I flagged this question as general reference, since the user could have looked in any dictionary and found the answer (that one of the words is not a verb). The flag was declined, and the question was closed as "not a real question."

  • Someone reviewed your flag and disagreed with your reason. Also, I found a dictionary entry where the word was used as a verb, so your assertion is incorrect.
    – user10893
    Commented Oct 7, 2011 at 21:55

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In my opinion it should have been marked "helpful" since the question was ultimately closed -- i.e. the question needed intervention of some kind. Regardless, every moderator has slightly different opinions so keep flagging!


Who marked your flag as invalid is not between the users who voted to close the question. In fact, the question has been closed from 5 users who are not moderators, while just moderators can mark a flag as invalid.
The flag involved different users, who had different opinions on the question; that's all.

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