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As having 10K+ reputation I do flag review on regular basis on Stack Overflow. Today I saw an very old flag approx 7 months old, here is a snap shot,

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Just about half an hour it was not showing there and suddenly it started showing. It is a Not an Answer flag of this answer.

Generally I notice that flag takes approx 24 hours to handle, then how come this very old flag is still in the queue ? About half an hour it was not there.

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Maybe it's an audit? ;) – Shadow Wizard May 28 '13 at 13:19
That answer is just as bad as the question to begin with... – animuson May 28 '13 at 15:22
@animuson Yes, but it looks like again the flag got declined 2nd time. – Lucifer May 28 '13 at 16:09
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The post was flagged on Oct 3, 2012, and that flag was declined. A second flag came in 39 minutes ago, which is why you see the x2 (meaning, 'times two') next to the flag.

What this is telling you is:

  • The aggregate count of flags on that post is two (declined, old, new, otherwise, all of them)
  • The post was first flagged on Oct 3

... this isn't exactly intuitive, I know, but if you see something like this, it generally means that a flag that was once declined was subsequently raised again by another user, you just see the time stamp of the first flag.

As moderators can see who flagged, this is presented a little more sensibly, where the most recent flag is clearly differentiated. A bit confusing, but all you have to really worry about is if the flag has merit.

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