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I was reviewing this item, and it seemed to me that at one point the list of possible flag reasons came up without "very low quality" appearing, both in the queue and on the Question/Answer itself (flag link), but a couple of minutes later the pop-up did show that choice.

I'm inclined to think this might be an HTML fetch/timing problem, but previously I thought there might be some logic behind the truncated flag reason lists I saw occasionally. Here I persisted because the Answer had an automated low-quality score, and it seemed a natural option based on ambiguity of content.

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In short, yes. For the "very low quality" option, it is only present when the post in question has a non-positive score (see this MSO post). So if the upvote appeared before the downvote, in that interval the "very low quality" option would not be present.

This meta.MO post gives some more information (though not much more).

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  • $\begingroup$ That's awesome by way of explanation, because I'd just placed a downvote. Dots connected! $\endgroup$ – hardmath Jan 31 '14 at 14:24
  • $\begingroup$ @hardmath: Well, that's one SE mystery is no longer unsolved! (I guess this sort of information should be more easily accessible.) $\endgroup$ – user642796 Jan 31 '14 at 15:30
  • $\begingroup$ Heh, I'll have to get you to put "status by design" on this Q. $\endgroup$ – hardmath Jan 31 '14 at 15:33

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