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I don't think there should be a badge for flagging a post because it can encourage new users to flag just to get the badge.

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There is a badge for flagging? Since when? –  Pëkka Dec 13 '10 at 17:44
    
@Pekka There is! I didn't know until I flagged this post, but there definitely is... –  Tyler Carter Dec 13 '10 at 17:44
    
@Tyler Really? Didn't know that. What's it named? (Off to flag some other post so this doesn't get deleted :) –  Pëkka Dec 13 '10 at 17:45
    
@Tyler Chacha: You flagged my post? :'( –  Linuxmint Dec 13 '10 at 17:50
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@Pekka Citizen Patrol. –  Grace Note Dec 13 '10 at 17:51
    
@Grace yeah, I see now, cheers. @Linuxmint this is Meta, never mind, people like to play around here :) –  Pëkka Dec 13 '10 at 17:53
    
@Linuxmint never mind that either. Downvotes have a different role on Meta than on SO: They are used as an expression of disagreement. Anybody disagreeing with your request would downvote –  Pëkka Dec 13 '10 at 18:01
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Also, complaining about being "voted down" is asking for more downvotes... –  jmfsg Dec 13 '10 at 18:05
    
No more complaints! :P –  Linuxmint Dec 13 '10 at 18:06
    
I just noticed a "bug". I have gotten 2 upvotes on this post, and 2 downvotes. But the post shows up as "-1". Shouldn't it show up as "0"? –  Linuxmint Dec 13 '10 at 18:49
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It's because you have a flag in addition to two downvotes. See here. –  Grace Note Dec 13 '10 at 18:55
    
@Grace Note: Thanks –  Linuxmint Dec 13 '10 at 19:07
    
I'm guessing it's because you asked not to be flagged... see? you have to use reverse psychology here, except in the cases where you don't. –  jmfsg Dec 13 '10 at 20:38
    
@Juan Manuel: So if I used reverse psychology then everyone would know that I did and It wouldn't effect them, So I would have to use reverse reverse psychology and that would be normal. But since I am saying this then you would know that I wouldn't use reverse psychology so I should use reverse psychololgy and so on... –  Linuxmint Dec 14 '10 at 0:34

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One potential problem with flagging badges is that they are awarded immediately. This can make flagging non anonymous in case you cast your first flag on a post and that flag causes a post to disappear.

This happened to me on Area51, a site with relatively low activity...

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Any tool or rule can be misused. I don't think it make this badge useless.

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But it could also encourage people to flag when necessary.

I do believe that people flagging just to get the badge get what they deserve (since a moderator will look at the post and see nothing wrong).

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This is phrased in a way that may be misleading, so I will clarify -- Citizen Patrol is only awarded for flagging as spam or offensive. Flagging for moderator attention does not award the badge. –  Jon Seigel Dec 13 '10 at 18:43
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A successful flag, or any flag? I think that it should only reward the flaggers that are being useful to moderators. –  Zoot Dec 30 '10 at 17:26

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