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On english.stackexchange.com, I have access to the moderation tools, and I have noticed that the number of flagged posts was first 5, and now it's 4.

How is this possible? As far I can see, it's only possible to flag a post, not to remove the flag added to a post.

Moderation Tools

I tried selecting 30d, 14d, 7d, but the result is always the same. To notice that the last time I checked was yesterday, or maybe two days ago.
EDIT: The flagged posts were two, and they are still two now that the flag counter is decreased.

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4 Answers 4

up vote 5 down vote accepted

To sum up the other three answers

Flags can disappear in five ways.

  • After two days, a flag will "age away" and disappear.
  • If a post reaches the flag threshold (6), the post will be removed from the system. The flags will disappear from your view.
  • Rolling back a post will clear any offensive flags it gained for that revision.
  • Moderators can clear flags.
  • If a post is deleted by the community or OP, its flags will not show up in the 10k flags view.
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Did you read this on the right?

Flags will automatically and harmlessly age away after 2 days if they fail to reach the threshold in that time.

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I read it, but I misunderstood what it meant. As the flags count is now 3, I would think this the reason why it is decreasing. – kiamlaluno Aug 27 '10 at 10:20

If enough users have flagged a post it will get removed (quote from SO):

If any post reaches 6 flags, it is automatically removed from the system.

This will also remove it from the moderation tools.

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This wouldn't make it decrease by one, it would decrease by 6 – juanformoso Aug 26 '10 at 14:04
@Juan depends on the last time he looked at it. If a post with 1 flag got flagged into removal while he wasn't looking, it would appear to go down by just one. – devinb Aug 26 '10 at 14:17
I forgot to say that the flagged posts were two when the count shown 5 flags, and they were still 2 when the flags count shown 4. – kiamlaluno Aug 26 '10 at 22:35

To add on the other answers, diamonds actually can clear flags.

Also, a post that gets rolled back will clear offensive flags.

I can't flag my own post as offensive or spam. But I do need at least one revision to actual roll back from!

And on a completely unrelated and spammy note, people should play MMT. It is an excellent game and you can pick up a free demo version from the site linked in that wiki!

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Thank you :) – Tobias Kienzler Aug 26 '10 at 14:05
@Tobias I did seriously consider using "above" just to see how you'd react. ♪ – Grace Note Aug 26 '10 at 14:06
@GraceNote :p since all three answers are correct, it would be fair if all were +1ed by everyone voting at all thus keeping the order... – Tobias Kienzler Aug 26 '10 at 14:10
I'm not actually sure rollbacks clear offensive flags anymore. Care to try it out, Grace Note and @Tobias Kienzler? I think an offensive flag from me would destroy the post immediately. – mmyers Aug 26 '10 at 14:18
There, now someone can flag me for offensively saying "actual" instead of "actually". Ima wait for a Spam flag, that way I can see if it applies to only offensive, both, or neither. – Grace Note Aug 26 '10 at 14:21
The flag appears in the view. wait five minutes, then roll back. – devinb Aug 26 '10 at 14:22
@mmyers♦: flagged. I'm insulted by "revision" :p – Tobias Kienzler Aug 26 '10 at 14:24
@devinb I will be sad if I manage to get 5 offensive before I get a spam. – Grace Note Aug 26 '10 at 14:24
funny, I flagged offensive, and now when I try to flag as spam the error still reads "you can only spam flag this post once" bug reported – Tobias Kienzler Aug 26 '10 at 14:25
@Tobias The two are basically equivalent, since if the sum of both is 6 then the result is the same. The only difference is that spam flags might be used to help construct proactive defense measures in the future. – Grace Note Aug 26 '10 at 14:27
@Grace Note: Than we better don't trigger your account to be treated as potential spammer :7 – Tobias Kienzler Aug 26 '10 at 14:30
Successfully spam flagged. @mmyers – devinb Aug 26 '10 at 14:31
Okay, 2 - 2. Heaven or hell, let's rock! ; That didn't seem to actually do anything. – Grace Note Aug 26 '10 at 14:31
(nice link btw) – Tobias Kienzler Aug 26 '10 at 14:32
Offensive flags cleared. Spam flags are not. – devinb Aug 26 '10 at 14:32

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