I flagged an original version of a link-only answer as "not an answer" as I have done for hundreds of similar posts on other SE sites. My flag was declined. Then I explained my reasoning and asked about moderator's. This was their response:
In this case, no flag at all :-) It clearly is an answer, and salvageable by editing, so what would you expect a mod to do here which you can't do yourself?
The first part is debatable. It was discussed in numerous meta posts on other sites and the consensus seems to be on the side of "do flag link-only answers as a non-answers" with this nice infographic as an example.
I am puzzled with the latter part of the response:
So far I thought moderators' attention is required when flagging a post for moderator's attention, as a spam, or as rude-or-offensive (with the latter two flags causing deletion also by majority of votes).
However I had an impression that flagging as low quality or flagging as a non-answer directed such posts to the Low Quality Posts review queue where >2000 rep. users could vote for deletion and publish an automatic comment explaining the rules. On all sites on which I have access to these queues, there is an explicit option "this is a link-only answer and not spam" which is not available when flagging.
I thought that by flagging an answer as non-answer or low-quality, I am bringing it to the attention of the community (which gives opportunity to post predefined suggestions, give author time and put an answer subject to democratic voting) not moderators (at least not in the first place).
Is it different on Ask Different?
Why a moderator here suggests that by flagging this post I might have had any expectations of them ("what would you expect a mod to do here")?