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Sometimes a post has both valid flags and invalid flags. As far as I can tell, all the flags on the same post have to be dismissed with the same validity.

The scenario I encountered (on this question):

  1. A low-quality question is closed.
  2. The asker improves the question and flags for reopening.
  3. A moderator reopens the question, but doesn't dismiss the flag yet.
  4. Someone else flags the question as “off topic”.

Since I agree with the reopening, and I don't consider the question off-topic, I would like to dismiss the first flag as valid and the second flag as invalid. But there's only one set of buttons for both flags.

And just now, two flags on a closed question: one that says “delete it”, the other one that says “reopen it”. The correct course of action is neither (the ideal outcome would be for the question to be edited then reopened). I should provide different feedback to the two flaggers, but I can't.

Unless I've missed something, please allow multiple flags on the same post to be dismissed separately.

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I'm in favour of this. Just to note, even if the first flag had been dismissed, that doesn't stop the subsequent dismissal from affecting it again. – Grace Note Mar 2 '11 at 18:58
+1, I had no idea things weren't already done in the manner you're suggesting. – Pops Mar 2 '11 at 18:59
@Popular To be fair, they originally were, but that was before flag weight and the new dashboard were implemented. – Grace Note Mar 2 '11 at 19:00
Does this happen so frequent that it's really necessary? – Ivo Flipse Mar 2 '11 at 19:33
@Ivo: something like 10% of the time in my very short mod carrier. – Gilles Mar 2 '11 at 19:40
Much better example: 4x "not an answer", 1x "plz help me!!!". Either you mark one really crappy flag as helpful or you mark 4 perfectly fine flags as invalid. – ThiefMaster Jul 21 '12 at 10:31
Requests to not-auto dismiss custom flags are not remotely the same suggestion as this post. Please stop closing those requests as duplicates of this. Yes, they're duplicated, but not of this hardly related request. – Ben Brocka Sep 27 '12 at 14:14
@ThiefMaster The solution (well, not really) to that would be to find a 10K user to cast an "invalid flag" on the bunch. – Daniel Fischer Nov 2 '12 at 19:09
@IvoFlipse - it may not happen often, but it certainly is disconcerting when it does. See:… – LittleBobbyTables Dec 5 '12 at 20:42
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As a stopgap until we get Tim's new mod interface out, you can now dismiss individual flags (or really, same-type flags) on posts.

Just click the flag text on an active flag to bring up the normal dismiss UI - the flag you're handling will be outlined in breathtaking maroon:

showing one flag type out of two highlighted with dismissal dialog open

Note that while you can use this to decline disputed flags (while still marking the "invalid flag" flags as helpful) this is not required and should be reserved for extreme cases only; the default behavior (marking all flags as "disputed") is still the intended outcome for most cases at this time.

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A few notes (realizing this is temporary): Handling this on flags where the post has been expanded causes the entire page to refresh when a flag is handled. If I go 'back', then I can see that flag again, otherwise I lose track of the flag (and can't handle the rest of the flags on that post) – George Stocker Mar 17 '14 at 20:44
@GeorgeStocker yeah, I'm ironing out a few bugs right now - just let me know when you see issues. – Jarrod Dixon Mar 17 '14 at 20:47

There is a special moderator-only /review interface in the works, that will allow moderators to validate or decline flags individually. As of this writing it's partially complete, it was part of an overhaul of moderator tools that we did about a month and a half ago.

However, we fully intend to finish it in less than six to eight weeks soon, dev workload permitting. When done, it will be available in addition to the current moderator dashboard while we refine it, and then hopefully more or less replace it for most things.

This was one of the single most frequent complaints about the system, as the workflow basically forced moderators to validate bogus flags in an effort to not penalize valid ones - it was a major feature upgrade in what we have brewing.

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Finish it in soon! – animuson Oct 20 '13 at 4:46
Let's be real: we all know we're going to have to wait six to eight weeks. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Oct 20 '13 at 4:52
@animuson: Your comment is now obsolete. (I would flag, but that would destroy it in immediately.) – BoltClock's a Unicorn Oct 20 '13 at 14:01
You guys are in ruthless. – Tim Post Oct 20 '13 at 14:03
@Tim will the code change affect the 10K tools as well? See this for example. – Shadow Wizard Nov 25 '13 at 11:53
@BoltClock'saUnicorn Did I get right that flags can be dismissed with different validities now? Shouldn’t this question be tagged status-completed? – Palec Jan 12 '14 at 21:28
Will the revamp allow adding custom messages when marking a flag as helpful as well? – Esoteric Screen Name Feb 18 '14 at 20:47
ETA on this feature? Would be very useful in dealing with this issue on The Workplace. – yoozer8 Feb 27 '14 at 14:16

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