This question has the exact same title. This time however, it's specialler.

The previous question has had the user flag the same post under different reasons, but I've done it under the same reason "not an answer." Unless it's just me, and that I've misunderstood the answer to the other question.

What's happened? I don't think this is a bug. I have a feeling, it's actually quite legal.

  • On which site did you flag? – Marc Gravell Aug 3 '11 at 6:57
  • EL&U... Does it matter? – Thursagen Aug 3 '11 at 6:57
  • It does if you expect somebody to be able to understand what happened... – Marc Gravell Aug 3 '11 at 7:02
  • Nah, I mean, does it really matter which site you chose to flag on? – Thursagen Aug 3 '11 at 7:03
  • You misunderstand me... I need to see data; you are active on a number of SE sites. I assume this is the one you flagged about 1 hour ago and 9 hours ago? – Marc Gravell Aug 3 '11 at 7:05
  • Yep. Can you actually see my flag history? – Thursagen Aug 3 '11 at 7:07
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    since I'm part of the SE developer team, yes. For exactly this type of scenario. Understanding a support request often involves understanding the data. – Marc Gravell Aug 3 '11 at 7:19

Up until 4 weeks ago, it was indeed the case that you couldn't do this. Technically the flag in question was a "moderator message" (albeit with a pre-scripted text), and the logic used to be "has the user already added a moderator message for this post? (if so, reject)"; this was recently changed to "has the user got an open moderator message for this post? (if so, reject)" - presumably (I'll check) to allow some level of follow-up flagging. In your case, the first flag had been processed, hence why you could re-flag.

However, flagging with the exact same reason seems undesirable, even if it was processed. I have therefore added a check to reject duplicate flags. This retains the ability to flag the post for another reason / purpose.

  • This, sounds very fair. – Thursagen Aug 3 '11 at 7:25

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