I do understand that WPSE is much smaller in scale than other networks and because of that has less moderators. Is this the (sole) reason why some flags are pending much longer than others?
In particular, I flagged this question as a duplicate of the very question OP mentions for - in my opinion - obvious reasons. This flag is still pending, about 13 days later.
Coming from the php tag of SO I know my fair share of bad questions, so I made a habit of flagging alot on WPSE. Seeing flags pending for many days though gives me somewhat of a bad feeling ..
(reading this again, I must say this is not meant as a rant but an honest question)