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I want to know what "Raised 80 helpful flags" means. Should I flag 80 comments, or what?

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marked as duplicate by Toon Krijthe, ChrisF, Rory, yoozer8, Al E. Oct 11 '12 at 13:46

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No, not comments - only flagged posts are counted as far as I know. – Shadow Wizard Oct 11 '12 at 11:41
@ShaWizDowArd No,comments are also counted – Bhuvan Rikka 웃 Oct 11 '12 at 11:41
Have a look at List of all badges with full descriptions – hims056 Oct 11 '12 at 11:42
@BhuvanRikka can you find proof for that? – Shadow Wizard Oct 11 '12 at 11:42
@ShaWizDowArd Comment flags count (unfortunately). – Yannis Oct 11 '12 at 11:43
Hey guys who down-voted my question and did not leave a comment? – Stas Oct 11 '12 at 11:44
@YannisRizos can you point on something to confirm this? – Shadow Wizard Oct 11 '12 at 11:44
@ShaWizDowArd yup..check my answer – Bhuvan Rikka 웃 Oct 11 '12 at 11:45
@ShaWizDowArd Yes, my flagging history ;P – Yannis Oct 11 '12 at 11:45
@BhuvanRikka sorry but your answer is not a proof. – Shadow Wizard Oct 11 '12 at 11:45
@ShaWizDowArd check it now – Bhuvan Rikka 웃 Oct 11 '12 at 11:46
@ShaWizDowArd If you have flagged any comment is and it deemed helpful then look at your flag summary and count it with total count. Total count also include helpful flagged comment. – hims056 Oct 11 '12 at 11:46
@Yannis still not sure. Maybe only "moderator attention flags" are counted? – Shadow Wizard Oct 11 '12 at 11:46
@BhuvanRikka it's only proof that comment flags are counted; it's not a proof they affect that deputy badge. – Shadow Wizard Oct 11 '12 at 11:47
@ShaWizDowArd Check my answer, added a screenshot of my flagging history in the one site that I have less than 80 post flags and the deputy badge. – Yannis Oct 11 '12 at 11:50
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It means that at least 80 flags you raised were deemed helpful by the moderator(s) that handled them. There are some instances where a flag is automatically deemed helpful, for example if you flag a question as Off Topic and then a 3K+ user votes to close it as such.

Since you brought this up in the context of the deputy badge, you should keep in mind that flags are (mostly) handled by moderators, and if you go around mindlessly flagging just to get a badge, you may get in trouble.

As for the side question on whether comment flags count towards the deputy badge, well here's my flagging history on The Workplace:

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Obviously I couldn't have gotten the badge if comment flags didn't count, but here it is. ;)

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Also worth to mention that wrong flagging (meaning flag will be declined) will decrease the amount of flags you can use per day. – Shadow Wizard Oct 11 '12 at 11:43
Thanks guys, just wanted to know what is it. – Stas Oct 11 '12 at 11:47
Thanks, your answer also solve this issue! – Shadow Wizard Oct 11 '12 at 11:50
Please tell me where I can see this information (like on your screen shot) ? – Stas Oct 11 '12 at 11:51
@Stas open your profile page and click on the helpful flags link – Bhuvan Rikka 웃 Oct 11 '12 at 11:52
@Stas If you have at least one helpful flag, it will show in your profile. If it does, just click the link... – Yannis Oct 11 '12 at 11:52
@ShaWizDowArd Ah, I think comment flags started counting at a later time than kiamlaluno's answer. – Yannis Oct 11 '12 at 11:53
Oh my. can you track this down somehow? – Shadow Wizard Oct 11 '12 at 11:54
ah thanks..I have one on stackoverflow – Stas Oct 11 '12 at 11:54
@ShaWizDowArd No need, just post an updated answer to that question, feel free to use my screenshot here. kiamlaluno is on a vacation right now, but I'm sure he'll notice your comment there and either remove or update his answer when he's back. – Yannis Oct 11 '12 at 11:55
Done - thanks a bunch! :) – Shadow Wizard Oct 11 '12 at 12:13
Did you get the badge before the rule change? – ChrisF Oct 11 '12 at 13:39
@ChrisF I don't think Workplace existed before the rule change. – Yannis Oct 11 '12 at 13:40
Oh. I couldn't tell from the screenshot and didn't bother to check the link :) – ChrisF Oct 11 '12 at 13:44

Flags aren't meant only for comments. You can flag questions,answers,users(who does nasty things like voting fraud) and also comments. Those flags are only counted when they are helpful. A moderator should approve that those flags helped in some way!


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There's a small mistake in your answer, you can't flag users. And how would you know if users are engaging in voting fraud in the first place? – Yannis Oct 11 '12 at 11:57
@YannisRizos Not exactly flagging user. I mean flagging their posts for a moderator attention. I flagged two users whose reputation smelled fishy and i got them as helpful! You can't exactly tell whether they've used sock-puppet or not. But, checking the rep history can give you enough instinct if all their answers were upvoted in a short span of time ;) – Bhuvan Rikka 웃 Oct 11 '12 at 12:00
Please keep in mind that helpful doesn't necessarily mean correct, your flags being deemed helpful may just mean that the moderators are acknowledging that something smelled fishy, but it could have been nothing in the end. – Yannis Oct 11 '12 at 12:02
@YannisRizos Ya i can understand. I didn't blame anyone for doing so. I just expressed my doubt and asked the mods to check for it. And i was right. One got banned for a month and the other's reputation was reversed the next day! – Bhuvan Rikka 웃 Oct 11 '12 at 12:05
Oh, I wasn't saying you blamed anyone, just that "helpful" isn't confirmation that you were correct in thinking that voting fraud is going on. But, of course, seeing the one user suspended is confirmation that your flag was correct. – Yannis Oct 11 '12 at 12:07

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