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Getting 10k is teaching me a lot about what to do and what not to do on the site. :)

I just saw something weird... a post with 6 upvotes had a comment beneath it:

+1 Best answer

and the comment was flagged. This seems to happen quite often actually (there's always a few legitimate comments marked as spam on the flagged page); it wasn't just this particular case.

I'm curious: why are these flagged? Are they by accident, or is there some violation that's happening that I'm not noticing?

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I'd guess that someone went to upvote the comment and mis-clicked. Or someone hates comments like that and thinks they're just noise. –  Anna Lear Apr 9 '11 at 5:06
    
@Anna: And pressed the OK button by accident too? –  Mehrdad Apr 9 '11 at 5:06
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@Mehrdad or hit enter, but yeah it'd have to be pretty unlikely for that to happen as often as you are indicating that it happens –  Daniel DiPaolo Apr 9 '11 at 5:09
    
@Daniel: Yeah... it's definitely possible to happen by accident, but the thing was that I noticed it several times today on the page, where legit comments seemed to have this. I didn't post any examples because I didn't want the non-10k users to suddenly see that their comments had been flagged, but do you think I should post a couple examples here later if I see them again? –  Mehrdad Apr 9 '11 at 5:11
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Congrats on hitting 10k :) –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Apr 9 '11 at 5:12
    
@BoltClock: Haha thank youu! :) Now just 278K to go! –  Mehrdad Apr 9 '11 at 5:13
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Someone needs to let us flag these flags as the real noise among the legit flags. –  BoltClock's a Unicorn Apr 9 '11 at 5:14
    
@BoltClock: Metaflags! :D –  Mehrdad Apr 9 '11 at 5:15

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

I tend to stay away from flagging comments unless they're particularly egregious, but - what does that comment really add? You can upvote - what's the point of telling everyone that you upvoted?

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It doesn't technically add anything, but what was weird to me was that the comment below it actually got an upvote for saying pretty much the same thing... –  Mehrdad Apr 9 '11 at 5:14
    
@Mehrdad - not really. The second comment added useful content. And nothing prevents comments from being both upvoted and flagged. Happens a lot, actually. –  Michael Petrotta Apr 9 '11 at 5:16
    
Yeah I guess so... I'll try to post another example soon if I see it. It's a great learning process to see what goes on on the site btw! :) –  Mehrdad Apr 9 '11 at 5:17

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