I came across these two answers to an old question, which to my mind are simply link-only answers. Hence, I flagged them as NAA to push them into the review queue for the more experienced members of this community to take a look at and judge according to current standards. (Both answers are by currently reasonably high-reputation members of the community.)
I am aware that this says that flags shouldn't be used when the community has the ability to handle the situation. However, I don't have sufficient reputation here at present to even vote to close, let alone vote to delete. So the way for me to try to help curate the site in that manner is to push things into the review queues. (That said, and not for bragging rights, at 50k rep network-wide, diamond on one site, self-relinquished diamond on another, and an about 90% helpful flags rate on Server Fault, I think I have a decent idea of how the Stack Exchange system works and a reasonable grasp of this community's standards.)
I was rather surprised when I saw that the two flags had been declined - flags should only be used to make moderators aware of content that requires their intervention. I didn't expect a moderator to unilaterally delete the answers, or even really take any unilateral action at all; I was hoping for the community to take a look at them.
- What should I have done instead of flagging, keeping in mind that the most recent activity on the question was almost five years ago?
- Why were the flags declined? (Optional to answer, but would be nice to know.)