This describes flag weight
http://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/80170/what-is-flag-weight (10k+ link)
There is a link to an answer (from Marc Gravell) from another question
Are the new moderator flag limits sufficiently high?
My question (or request):
We have a reputation audit now, /reputation
Can we have a flag audit, /flag or some such?
- "If your flag weight is low you can quickly recover it simply by flagging sensibly" (link2)
- "you should pay close attention to whether or not you are using flags correctly" (link1)
Sure, sure - but can you tell me where I went wrong?
I don't believe I flag all that often (subjective), but I'm sitting on 25 and can't figure out why.
Where are the rules or guidelines for "good flagging"? Somewhere in the FAQ it says (paraphrasing*), "if you think a moderator should look at it, flag it". Okay sure, let's to that if it may be offensive (e.g. politically incorrect word used), tangential to question (private off-topic or off-color debate) etc.
Are flag weights decreased just because ♦'s have looked at it and click on some button/link to say - ignore/delete? Wouldn't most things simply get ignored?
Okay I checked the FAQ
What if I see bad things happening?
Please use our flagging system to let us know about it. Each comment has a small flag icon, and every post has a flag menu at the bottom. Take advantage of it! We actively moderate our community, but we need your help to do so. Anything that is getting consistently flagged by our community members will be investigated and followed up on. And of course you can always email us directly if you feel the matter is urgent.
Well recently I came across someone who seemed to be asking questions for the sake of asking only; that, or the questions would be as a series, low quality. Is it clear cut? No. Do I suspect it - yes. So I flagged 2 very close variations of the same question among at least 4. So my interpretation of what jinguy is saying below is - don't flag it, which reduces flags from everyone, which... wait. Why are we flagging again? I thought that was the reason for this clause in the FAQ "getting consistently flagged by our community members" - let the count(flag) against a post indicate the validity.
I understand the positive reinforcement of astute flaggers, but negative weights? Not all people are created equally, not all moderators are created equally. To reach 25 from default 100 within a couple of days of introduction (or is this retrospective?) would require
- 5 post flags marked as "invalid"
+5 comment flags marked as "invalid"
Or some such combination leading up to -75. I cannot remember flagging at least 8 post/comments. From this comment
Moderators may mark a flag as "valid" without taking any action on it. – mmyers
, all my flags would have to have been "invalid" , not just "valid" but no action.