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A user flagged this chat post as offensive or spam. Like 95% of flags, that post actually isn't offensive or spam. Unlike 95% of flags, however, it pointed to a real problem: the very next post, with a mildly disturbing computer simulated image.

I'm asked to judge whether the post is offensive or not. Technically it isn't, so if I say "no" I'll reduce the weight of future flags from this user. Practically, it is -- you just had to see the context to see the problem; something the flag interface doesn't provide.

  • It wouldn't make sense to say "yes," because I'd contribute to removing the wrong message.
  • It wouldn't make sense to say "no," because there's a real problem there and the user should be rewarded for it.
  • It wouldn't make sense to do nothing, because it feels wrong.
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I'm not sure we have any "weight of future flags" in chat... –  Marc Gravell Jan 4 '11 at 11:23
    
@Marc I do know Jeff did look into that. I connected the flag reviewing stuff with it, especially now that apparently it's been brought to the main sites too. –  badp Jan 4 '11 at 18:06
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Yes, q&a has a very subtle flag weighting based on prior history. This only affects order - we don't ignore any flags. –  Marc Gravell Jan 4 '11 at 18:13

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Do nothing and get the user to flag the image (if that's what they intended) and deal with that flag.

This assumes that you have some knowledge (via another chat window perhaps?) of who apparently miss-clicked when flagging.

If you don't then you are stuck at step one which is to do nothing on the (incorrect) flag.

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How would you suggest I contact the (rightly) anonymous flagger? :) PS: I did flag the image. –  badp Dec 29 '10 at 21:50
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@radp - Ah, you spotted the flaw in my argument. –  ChrisF Dec 29 '10 at 21:51

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