I flagged this question as "primarily opinion-based".

The language in the question makes very clear that the author is asking for an opinion. "Should" is the word they use, rather than something like "is it legal?"

In a comment, the author of the question wrote:

…my question is more opinion based. I’m fairly positive there is no regulation against it.

All evidence points to the question being opinion-based, and yet the moderator handling the flag disagreed.

I would appreciate understanding on what basis that moderator decided that the question was not in fact "primarily opinion-based".


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Because the community voted to keep the question open in the review queue initiated by your flag.

Since the community disagreed with the flag, the system has automatically declined the flag.

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    $\begingroup$ Ah...I see. I was under the impression that review queue dispositions would only result in "disputed" at worst. Thanks for clearing that up. (Why the community has such a hard time understanding what's opinion-based and what's not is a whole other issue, but neither here nor there.) $\endgroup$ Jul 13, 2021 at 19:43
  • $\begingroup$ @PeterDuniho I can ask around in the next days, but I have the feeling that "disputed" happens only if at least one reviewer agrees with the flag. $\endgroup$
    – Federico
    Jul 13, 2021 at 20:22
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    $\begingroup$ Up until the OP posted his "yeah I'm looking for opinions" comment, which happened after the "close as opinion-based" flag was voted down in the review queue, I think reviewers read the text of the question with a presumption toward validity - i.e. that the ambiguity in the question should be resolved in favor of it being on-topic. "Is this plan legal" would be a valid question, so I (and apparently others) assumed that's what the OP was asking. Once he cleared up that he knew the answer to that & was asking for opinions, the "close" flag was already dead. At this point, tho, I'd VTC it. $\endgroup$
    – Ralph J Mod
    Jul 13, 2021 at 20:47

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