On the heels of a recent post regarding a user spamming "Thanks in advance is considered extremely rude" and starting arguments on several posts, I ended up sending in 3 detailed flags on posts where this occurred in the comments.
The first two were a couple days ago, both validated and all comments deleted, and the third, and worst one, was last night. The comments escalated into name-calling and mudslinging on a new user's second post. So, I flagged the post and brought attention to the comments instead of flagging each comment individually.
The comments were all deleted, and the user was even suspended. I had suggested "some kind of intervention beyond just deleting all the comments again" and it looks like the suggestion was honored.
So, bearing this in mind, what possible reason could my flag have been marked invalid?
Note: I've read the 2 answers from these posts:
- Flag should be marked valid/invalid by action taken on question
- Flag marked invalid even though question was closed for same reason: can I challenge?
...but they deal with a user complaining about an invalid flag when a question has been closed later by the community. The difference here is that the action was definitely handled by a moderator (comments deleted, user suspended), and not by the community, later - after a mod deemed the flag invalid. I assure you that there was nothing questionable about whether or not the 6 comments should have been deleted.
Did I do something wrong? I'm not sure what the policy is on disclosing flags, but I'd be happy to share more information if it helps clear up what my mistake could have been.
Was it rude of me to include the extra request? Was it proper to let the mod know that this was an ongoing problem, or should I have just flagged with the "bare minimum" details and let the mods figure it out? Perhaps I got too involved the business of moderators, and therefore the flag was deemed invalid.
The invalidation may very well have been a misclick as Cody Gray suggested in the comments, but I'd be interested in hearing whether or not I possibly stepped over the line.