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When someone flags a chat post as spam/offensive, some users get a popup asking them if the suspension is valid or invalid.

I know if a certain threshold is reached, that user whose post was flagged gets an immediate 30 minute chat suspension.

This brings to mind a number of questions:

  • Are the users who get these notifications random?
  • How many valid/invalid votes does it need before a user is suspended or a flag is cleared with no action?
  • Are there any consequences to flagging a vote and having your flag declared invalid, like the main sites' Flag Weight?

P.S. I'm asking, because it is apparently common for people to flag Youtube videos they don't like, and I personally have gotten temporarily suspended for such in the past.

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All moderators and 10k users receive the notification. Any lone moderator can supervote valid or invalid. I don't know the answers to the other questions. –  badp Apr 7 '11 at 20:03
    
The logic is puzzling. After you know how it works, you won't link annoying video's anymore? –  Uphill Luge Apr 7 '11 at 20:06
    
@HansPassant: No, I created a separate feature request to deal with that. –  Powerlord Apr 7 '11 at 20:13
    
This question is more of a FAQ, since it's apparently not documented anywhere how chat offensive/spam suspensions actually work... not even @Zypher, one of SE's sysadmins knows how they work. –  Powerlord Apr 7 '11 at 20:13
    
@badp, I've got higher rep than that and I didn't get the option to vote on the flagged post in question. This has happened before as well. –  Chris S Apr 7 '11 at 20:24

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Are the users who get these notifications random?

No, it's not random; just like on the main site, flags are visible to moderators and to 10k users.

How many valid/invalid votes does it need before a user is suspended or a flag is cleared with no action?

For the first part see How many chat flags are required to remove a message/ban a user?.

For the second part: A flag is cleared when the net flag count (as defined in the other question) goes to zero, with the exception that a single counterflag isn't enough (i.e. one flag + one counter flag doesn't clear; two flags + two counter flags does clear).

Are there any consequences to flagging a vote and having your flag declared invalid, like the main sites' Flag Weight?

No, currently there isn't such a thing. We're keeping this in the back of our heads, so at some point there may be, but currently there is not.

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