I would like to understand a few things about a flagging exchange I recently participated in. Exchange went about as follows:
- I flagged the question
- my flag was declined
- I flagged it again as "other" with a note asking to clarify status of prior flag and with an explanation for the reasons why I flagged it that way
Side note - there is a text size limit for this flag note; I would instead post at meta if I had to exceed it
update clarify status of prior flag part was slippery - stuff like that might be better to discuss at meta
- my "other" flag was marked as helpful
I wonder if my understanding of "helpful" mark above is correct. The way I see it now is that its purpose was to "give the lost weight back", so that things sort of returned back to the state as it was prior to my first flagging.
- For the sake of precision: for those with flag weight over 500, weight restored that way might be lower than lost one
I also wonder if using other flag is a reasonable way to clarify declined status? I mean, the issue is rather minor - simple mis-click, minor clarification, minor correction, ie it wasn't necessary to discuss that minor stuff at meta. Or was it?
update - lesson learned: if a question is generic and vague, but not obviously deserves particular definitive flag like very-low-quality or duplicate etc, it might be a good idea to use "Other" and explain (briefly) why you think that it should be closed.
- For example, looking back at particular question I took my example from, I can tell that it would be better to use other+explanation from the very beginning in that case. That would 1) save moderator effort spent on declining and 2) give me +10 in flag weight.
Not to mention potential positive long-term impact on my flagging karma in the future
update2 - lesson learned made this answer worth a bounty to me