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I flagged a post last week. The post is off topic and it was answered by another user soon after it got posted. So, I flagged the answer as a spam.

Here is a snap of the answer,

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The question and both the users(OP and answerer) were removed by moderators. But, the flag reminds with no result.

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13 spam flags and 12 of them are helpful, what about the 13th one. I have waited for a week. What is the result of my spam flag?

If it is not useful, it should be shown declined or disputed like below.

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Again my spam flags unhandled

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And I flagged a comment(first comment) to this answer as offensive, that comment got deleted after sometime then my flag had same result(ie, no result).

Now I can assume the reason, ie, I flagged the post as not an answer or off topic or... and then I flag that post as a spam, when that post got deleted, the spam flag of those posts got unhandled. But, this is not by design see the posts below to which I had flagged two times

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Surely, it's a bug.

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If you see 1 waiting for review toward the right then your flag hasn't been reviewed yet. – Emrakul Apr 9 '13 at 5:36
@Telthien, for spams it won't show waiting for review – Azik Apr 9 '13 at 5:38
The question got deleted. then there is no need to review your spam flag. Hence it won't show as "waiting for review" – Krishnabhadra Apr 9 '13 at 5:39
@Krishnabhadra, that's what I asked "What is the result of my spam flag" declined or disputed? – Azik Apr 9 '13 at 5:40
+1, i agree, answer looks like Spam – Lucifer Apr 9 '13 at 5:54
@Lucifer, I did not argue that the answer is a spam or not, I just need the result either it was helpful or not – Azik Apr 9 '13 at 5:56
I think the flag was not noticed by the moderators – Azik Apr 9 '13 at 5:56
The thing is that I believe spam/offensive flags can't be marked as "declined" so it's either "helpful" or nothing. – Shadow Wizard Apr 25 '13 at 7:29
@ShaWizDowArd, see my edited question, spams could be declined – Azik Apr 25 '13 at 7:33
@Azik - What happened to your previous spam flags? Does it say helpful or anything else? – hims056 Apr 25 '13 at 7:36
@hims056, nothing, now totally 4 spams without any results – Azik Apr 25 '13 at 7:36
now it's 5 without results – Azik Apr 25 '13 at 10:21
@Azik I recently noticed I have the same problem with one of my spam flags on a beta SE site. I suspect it is a bug and has something to do with the post being deleted before a moderator has a chance to review the flag. – THelper May 8 '13 at 18:56
up vote 17 down vote accepted

The users asking and answering the question seem to have been destroyed. I'm not sure exactly why the flags weren't validated, but this happens often to red flags.

Perhaps the asker's user account was destroyed first, leading to the removal of the question (by the community user) and therefore its answer, but the system only dismissed the flags on the question while failing to handle those on the answer. That is just my guess. If my guess is right, then this could well be considered a bug, but again, I can't say for sure since I'm not a dev.

Your ability to flag should not be affected at all, plus the question and answer are already gone anyway, so I'd say don't worry about it.

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Doesn't that happen when you clear any spam or offensive votes? The flag will always stay unhandled. – slhck Apr 9 '13 at 8:02
@slhck: Good point, although I'm not sure that was what happened here. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Apr 9 '13 at 8:13
Again a spam unhandled – Azik Apr 19 '13 at 6:50
@BoltClock'saUnicorn, see my edited question – Azik Apr 25 '13 at 13:43
@Azik: Can you not ping me every time this happens? I can't explain everything. I don't handle every flag. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Apr 25 '13 at 14:30
@BoltClock'saUnicorn, I can understand,but you are a mod, where should I report – Azik Apr 25 '13 at 14:32
@Azik you've clearly established that it's happening, you don't need to report more occurrences. Besides, the SE devs are nearly done with a massive refactoring of the flagging code so this bug is likely to be moot/fixed/replaced with more bugs soon. – Kevin May 5 '13 at 3:59

You can see a flag result in "Flag History" , see the image below, it shows flag summary on the right hand side.

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if your spam flag was not helpful then it will not shown there. And for flags like Spam, Offensive and Flag on comment, it doesnt shows it's detailed information.

Each flag's result is shown as follows, Either helpful/*declined* or disputed.

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pls, see my edited question – Azik Apr 9 '13 at 5:43
12 spam flags are helpful, but the rest one should have declined or disputed, but the result was not there, that's what I asked – Azik Apr 9 '13 at 5:47
I wouldn't call it as spam. The question is closed as off topic and later on it was removed by the Community. – Lucifer Apr 9 '13 at 5:49
I flagged the answer, the flag to question is deemed helpful – Azik Apr 9 '13 at 5:51

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