I propose to add a possibility on "helpful flags" page to see who has handled that flag (what moderator/community manager). I may be shown on mouseover.


Because I want to see who has handled my flag and eventually contact him in that case.

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And how would you contact an individual moderator? –  Bart Oct 25 '13 at 14:44
If you need to discuss a flag decision then meta is probably the place to do it –  Richard Tingle Oct 25 '13 at 14:44
No, no, no. We don't need to add ways for users to hassle other users or moderators. –  Aaron Bertrand Oct 25 '13 at 14:45
And what are you going to say to the flag handler? –  Damien Pirsy Oct 25 '13 at 14:46
The mods are a team. There is no need to contact a specific one to discuss specific flags. If you have a question as why a specific action was taken, then ask a question on meta to get the input of the community. If the specific moderator who handled your flag feels it necessary to chime in, they will. –  psubsee2003 Oct 25 '13 at 14:46
Not all flags are handled by moderators or community managers –  Joe W Oct 25 '13 at 14:48
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Nah, let's not. If there is a problem with a flag, or you don't understand why it was handled the way it was handled, come to Meta and ask a question.

If you think a moderator is going over certain boundaries, use the contact option to contact the team and explain the situation.

There is no way to directly contact a moderator, and it's not really the path you should take anyway.

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And just to be clear in addition, there are records of who handled flags and what they did. If something egregious happened, it can be handled by the staff. –  Andrew's a Unitato Oct 25 '13 at 16:00
And if necessary, with a staff as well @AndrewBarber. –  Bart Oct 25 '13 at 16:58
Hmmm... I guess the promise not to hit people with a stick at Stack Exchange only applies to employees, so; yeah! –  Andrew's a Unitato Oct 25 '13 at 17:03
I do NOT recommend coming to meta for asking that question. –  Laszlo Papp Oct 27 '13 at 14:35
Then don't @LaszloPapp. And if it's a really serious issue that can't be handled by moderators or the community, just contact the team. –  Bart Oct 27 '13 at 14:51
@Bart: obviously. –  Laszlo Papp Oct 27 '13 at 14:54
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If you have a question regarding how a flag was handled Meta is the place to do that, as such community opinion can be sought. Directly replying to a moderator is likely to lead only to disagreement and badgering moderators to support your view which is ultimately not constructive.

In a best case scenario all moderators would make the same decision; guided by community opinion. As such discussing with the particular moderator who handled your flag is unnecessary

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Yup; and I know many of us keep an eye on questions here regarding actions we took - and notify others for the same. Often, if a specific reply is needed, the moderator in question could respond. Not always, because sometimes others answer the concern quite well. That said, here's an example of mine from just now –  Andrew's a Unitato Oct 25 '13 at 16:02
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It doesn't matter who handled the flag, if there is an issue with your flag status then you can always come to meta and discuss it. So I don't think it would be a a good feature to have. Infact leaving it as anonymous serves a better purpose. If the flag is helpful then there is no need to contact moderators (already busy with moderation) and if it is declined then most of the time a reason is provided why it was declined and if you are not happy with the reason then you can come to meta to discuss it.

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