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The Deputy tag on SO says:

Achieved a flag weight of 500 by reviewing and flagging appropriately

Does that mean I can get flag weight by reviewing?

If so, how?

If not, is this a mistake in the badge's description?

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I thought the exact same thing when I first used the review interface. –  jwiscarson Dec 16 '11 at 16:09
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Step 1. Review. Step 2. Flag if necessary. –  Gabe Dec 16 '11 at 17:15

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I think "reviewing and flagging appropriately" just means that reviewing is expected to precede flagging; it doesn't mean reviewing can by itself garner you flag weight.

For example:

You'll get into a good college if you study and get good grades

No school will ever know whether you actually studied; they'll just see that you got good grades—but it's assumed that studying is a necessary antecedent to getting good grades. It's similarly assumed that reviewing is a necessary antecedent to making appropriate flags.

You could theoretically flag random posts, get extremely lucky and score glorious flag weight, but more likely than not you'll have to review first.

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Even if that is the case, the reviewing itself has no part in gaining the flag weight score. So I don't think it should appear in the description –  Second Rikudo Dec 16 '11 at 16:03
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@Truth - I think the point is that you're expected to review before flagging. That's why it's worded that way. –  Adam Rackis Dec 16 '11 at 16:15
    
Bah, this is getting a question fit for the english.stakcexchange.com :P I'll accept this answer, as it seems to be correct. But I still find it slightly off. –  Second Rikudo Dec 16 '11 at 16:16
    
@Truth - the folks at English.SE would give you quite a detailed answer involving conjunctions, gerunds, etc etc -- ugh :) –  Adam Rackis Dec 16 '11 at 16:22
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@AdamRackis Or we could just say, "Uh! Why don't you ask to the folks at Meta?" :-) –  kiamlaluno Dec 16 '11 at 18:00
    
@kiamlaluno - glad to hear you english.se folks have better things to do than parse SO badge texts :) –  Adam Rackis Dec 16 '11 at 18:43

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