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Should moderators be able to see who flags an item?

There are three types of flags moderators get to deal with--standard flags (low quality, other), spam/offensive flags, and comment flags.

Within the moderator dashboard, we can see who has submitted a standard flag. However, we do not see who has submitted an offensive/spam flag nor a comment flag.

Is there a reason for this? If not, I'd like to be able to see the name of the user who has submitted a flag, no matter what type.


For those scoffers who scoffed at me:

http://i.stack.imgur.com/0RgBo.png

Now, how should I handle this situation? I could guess at who did this, but it would only be a guess. Scoffers suck.

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Why does it matter? –  user unknown Oct 19 '11 at 12:25
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@userunknown: Because more information leads to better judgement. –  Won't Oct 19 '11 at 12:36
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@userunknown Why shouldn't you be able to see it? –  slhck Oct 19 '11 at 12:37
    
@userunknown - maybe because some users (e.g. those with high flag weights) are known to have a track record of accurately identifying spam, so they can be dealt with first. This is just a thought, since I'm not a 10k user anywhere. –  Verbeia Oct 19 '11 at 12:38
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Let me rephrase my question: Why is Justicia blind? –  user unknown Oct 19 '11 at 13:01
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@userunknown Well, then you'd have to explain why standard flags are not anonymous. I think there should be consistency. Either show it for all, or don't show it. –  slhck Oct 19 '11 at 13:03
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@userunknown: Why is Justica letting me have a peek at some of her goods? Is she a dirty tease? –  Won't Oct 19 '11 at 13:03
    
@Won't ಠ_ಠ: I fear this extinguishes my high school English, but I guess, I could explain it to you - unfortunately it is off topic here. :) Think of 'opportunity' and 'male artists'. –  user unknown Oct 19 '11 at 13:19
    
@slhck: I would like to explain that, but I can't. I'm sorry. –  user unknown Oct 19 '11 at 13:22
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If knowing who flagged a post leads to "better judgement", I think you're judging flags wrong –  Michael Mrozek Oct 19 '11 at 14:14

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I fear that doing this might lead to, "Oh, so-and-so said it, so I can just tune him out." or "I don't like how he flags things, so if I see him flag something, I'll just ignore it or mark it 'unhelpful'".

It comes down to this:

The content of the flag is what matters, not who said it.

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And why are standard flags not anonymous? –  slhck Oct 19 '11 at 13:11
    
You'd have to ask @Jeff Atwood et. al., that. If it were me, all of those would be made anonymous to moderators, and there'd be an automated system that would not allow the bad spam/offensive flaggers to even flag something as spam/offensive unless their flag weight improved substantially in other areas. –  George Stocker Oct 19 '11 at 13:16
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As the worst, most hated moderator on all SE, I can assure you that moderators don't stoop as low as you suggest (I don't, therefore noone else will). I see it being used more to resolve issues with people revenge-flagging users for spam and never ending cycles of "rude/offensive (dismissed) rude/offensive (dismissed)" comment flags. –  Won't Oct 19 '11 at 13:28
    
@Won'tಠ_ಠ It sounds like that should be an automated thing, if it happens that often. –  George Stocker Oct 19 '11 at 13:47
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Mod flags aren't anonymized because they say things like "please migrate to X, I'm the OP", or "I've gotten a lot of downvotes, can you check my account for suspicious activity" -- things where the mod needs to know who flagged it. I don't know why mods would need to see who spam flagged a post though –  Michael Mrozek Oct 19 '11 at 14:12

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