I recently flagged an answer as "very low quality", thinking that would put it in the review queue for others to look at to decide if it needed to be deleted. However, the flag was declined with the explanation, "flags should only be used to make moderators aware of content that requires their intervention". My intent was not to make the moderators aware of the content, but simply to put it in the review queue for the community to look at. (Note: the particular flag, question, and declination are unimportant to this question. It's the process I'm asking about, not that particular incident.)
Looking at the "Flag posts" privilege page, it starts by saying that (all bolding mine):
Flagging is a way of bringing inappropriate content to the attention of the community.
Later it says that
flag it and bring it to the attention of the site moderators!
Further down the page, it states:
Many flags are handled by other members of the site like yourself, who've earned review privileges. Flags to close a question (i.e. "needs improvement"), not an answer flags, and very low quality flags are primarily handled this way.
So this seems to indicate that low quality flags go into the review queue.
Since there is a flagging option of "in need of moderator intervention", it appears to me that any other flag brings something to the attention of the community, while a "mod intervention" flag brings it to the moderators. Obviously, my interpretation is incorrect.
How do I flag what I think is a low quality post to put it into the community Low Quality Review queue (for others to decide), and not raise it to the mods who don't need to be involved (unless they're working the review queues). There was never any intention or expectation on my part that I was bringing this up to the mods because I didn't think it needed to be brought to mod attention.
The documentation on this particular part of the system seems to be internally inconsistent, or, at least, not intuitively obvious.