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The Problem

Currently if I flag a post, I cannot check the status of the flag unless I have prior helpful flags. This means, for example, that a new user who wants to check the status of his first flag cannot do so while it is pending (active).

This feature request is based on my experience on MSO, where I wanted to check the status of my flag but could not get to the summary page without cheating (tweaking my SO link to work with MSO). It also stems from this question, where the OP indicates he had the same issue: How to check the proceedings of a flagged post?

My Proposal

If I have flagged any post, then show me a "flags" link (red arrow in image below). If I have any helpful flags, then the number of helpful flags should be displayed (blue arrow). If I have not flagged anything, then neither should be displayed (as with current site functionality).


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Agree it's a dup, but that one is a bug report. This is a feature request. I just don't want this point to be lost. –  chue x Oct 3 '13 at 16:40
You have no idea how much this annoys me as a moderator trying to look at the flag history for a user who has not had a handled flag. –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Oct 3 '13 at 16:41
Ok, admittedly I do prefer this one to the stated duplicate, so I'm retracting my close vote on this and voting for a reverse duplicate on the bug report –  Richard Tingle Oct 3 '13 at 17:02
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1 Answer

Instead of having conditional link placement depending on the state of your flag history, why not just add a flags tab? There's plenty of horizontal space remaining (even if you have a tiny monitor or like really skinny browser windows, other elements already force a horizontal scroll bar before the space is exhausted).

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Now there's no conditional logic, it raises visibility to flagging for new users, and if you don't have any flags yet the page shows up empty (just like most of the other tabs that don't have any relevant content to show).

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That would work for me. I was just trying to minimize the work for the developers. While they are at it, they should make the flag summary more "pretty". –  chue x Oct 3 '13 at 17:08
@chuex meh, my priority is on presenting information consistently, pretty can wait. –  Aaron Bertrand Oct 3 '13 at 17:08
I would like this because maybe we would have this option on the mobile site. The tabs appear to be part of the drop-down that we can select on the mobile version but we have no way to review our flag history mobilely (i don't think that is a word but you get the point) –  bluefeet Oct 3 '13 at 17:11
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