I've just tried to flag a low score answer as "Not an answer" and the only option available was "Needs ♦ moderator attention".

  • Why are generic flags not available for low-quality answers?
  • What's the appropriate action in this case? Should I flag for moderator attention or are low score answers automatically flagged by the system?

Only "Needs moderator attention" flag is available

(the answer has already been taken care of as I'm typing this question)

  • Thats odd, since you flagged that as NAA. Along with many other people. And man, toasters
    – Journeyman Geek Mod
    Commented Aug 5, 2014 at 12:49
  • I have flagged the one below (score -6), this happened with the other one (-5).
    – gronostaj
    Commented Aug 5, 2014 at 12:57
  • This happens if the post is deleted and you don't have enough reputation to see deleted posts. If you refresh the page, you'll see that the post is now deleted.
    – gparyani
    Commented Aug 5, 2014 at 17:57
  • In addition, custom flagging as "not an answer" causes the system to see it as a generic NAA flag.
    – gparyani
    Commented Aug 5, 2014 at 17:58
  • @JourneymanGeek See my previous comment on this question.
    – gparyani
    Commented Aug 10, 2014 at 5:53

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This happens if you click the "flag" button on a deleted post when you don't have enough reputation to see deleted posts, but you still see it because your browser loaded the page before the post was deleted, and you haven't refreshed the page to reflect the recent deletion. In other words, it's almost like a caching issue on your end.

This has happened to me often when I'm reviewing first posts, when I get a review item that isn't deleted but deserves deletion, and I load the flag dialog. After I load it and select an option, the post is deleted just moments before I actually click the "Flag [Question|Answer]" button. When that happens, I get an error message saying something like:

You don't have permission to flag this post.

Then, if I try to load the flag dialog again, it appears just like how you describe, with only the custom flag option.

I know that the post is deleted when I go into my recent review items and go to the review task, where I see that the post is "not found".

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