This is with reference to the following question: Adding 'Licenced To' name to pdf file at time of download
At present it has two separate answers posted by the same user. The first one discusses how a program such as pdftk can probably be used to solve the problem. The user then tried it out, figured out how exactly to do it and posted a second answer with the actual steps to be followed. He even edited the first answer and added a comment pointing to the second answer "for a step-by-step howto".
This is all well and good, but I simply don't see how two separate answers are justified. Neither are the answers "proposing two radically different solutions" as Jeff Atwood stated, nor does either answer "contain everything the user needs" as slhck noted. Essentially, they're two halves of a single answer.
Accordingly I flagged for a merge and left a comment explaining my reasons. It was rejected with "flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer". However, neither answer is technically inaccurate or altogether wrong! If they were, I would of course have down-voted and possibly left a comment, rather than flagging. Also, I made it very clear in my comment that "both answers deal with the same program and should be merged". I was not asking the mods to pass judgement on the answers and summarily delete either one of them, which of course they are not allowed to do.
I know I could have edited the first answer, added the text from the second and left a comment for the user to delete the latter, or simply left a comment asking him to do the needful, but there's no guarantee it would elicit a positive response. Indeed, I chose not to do this precisely because of a hostile response I received in a similar situation once before. That's why I decided to flag and raise a merge request as the best possible way to deal with something like this. So why was the flag declined, and in future how should similar situations be dealt with?
(Just wanted to add - an hour later I flagged another question with the exact same problem, and this time the merge request was accepted and carried out, no doubt by another mod.)