Yesterday I flagged a number of comments. In fact I used up my allotted number of comment flags. Some of the comments were immediately deleted which if I understand correctly means the comment had accumulated enough flags to be deleted without moderator interaction.

Based on my reading of What is Flag weight? I expected some change in both my flag weight or my flag summary yet even after roughly 24 hours nothing changed.

Did I do something wrong? Did I misunderstand something?

  • they don't seem to show up in your flag history either.. maybe something to do with how insignificant comments are? Jul 27, 2011 at 15:14
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    comment flags don't add to your flag weight anymore. Here's an upvote though, for all your missed flagweight. Given how worthless flagweight really is, I bet it's a good deal :) Jul 27, 2011 at 15:29

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Comment flags do not affect flag weight. I don't know if this was ever officially announced, but it has been the case for several weeks at least.

  • That's too bad. Perhaps someone should update the bit in Tim Stone's answer where it says "your flag weight increases by 10 points for flags on posts, and 5 points for flags on comments." Jul 27, 2011 at 15:27
  • @Conrad: updated. (you could always do that yourself, too...) Jul 27, 2011 at 15:53
  • Is this true also for the "other" flag on comments? That one involves typing some text, which has to be reviewed my moderators, so I'd expect this type of flag to affect flag weight. (The other flags work without moderator intervention, so I found it natural that flag weight isn't affected.) Sep 2, 2011 at 10:22
  • @HendrikVogt: Not sure if we tested that too. I'll make a junk comment here which you can flag. Ping me when you've done it, since comment flags don't appear in the header.
    – mmyers
    Sep 2, 2011 at 13:13
  • @mmyers: Thanks! I'll watch my flag weight. Sep 2, 2011 at 13:46
  • @HendrikVogt: Looks like it had no effect.
    – mmyers
    Sep 2, 2011 at 15:04
  • @mmyers: No, it hadn't. Thanks for the experiment! (Generally speaking I find the outcome somewhat unfortunate, but personally I don't care about my flag weight.) Sep 2, 2011 at 19:20
  • @mmyers: Sorry, just another quick question. When I flag a comment as "obsolete" (or any other of the text-less radio buttons), will moderators (and 10k users?) see that flag and act upon it? Sep 7, 2011 at 8:11
  • @HendrikVogt: Moderators will see it, but I don't think 10k users do anymore.
    – mmyers
    Sep 7, 2011 at 13:33
  • @mmyers: Ah, thanks, that's good to know. So if a glaringly obsolete comment is on a post with recent activity, it might be deleted by sufficient community flags; but in any case, a mod can speed up the deletion - great. Sep 7, 2011 at 13:50

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