I'm not getting exactly what is happening here

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You can see I had flagged 8 comments from that 4 are helpful and 2 are declined, but I'm not able to find what is the status of my other 2 flags?


Here I can see a waiting for review in flag history so with reference to hims056's comment can't we have same status for comments flag?

  • This is my comments stats – hims056 Nov 24 '12 at 5:10
  • but here I can see a waiting for review in flag history? – Mohammed Azharuddin Shaikh Nov 24 '12 at 5:11
  • That is for quesion or answer's flag not comment's flag. – hims056 Nov 24 '12 at 5:12
  • There was a time when the status was not recorded — that was a while ago now, but people who've been around for a while, like me on SO, have totals with a big gap (42 on flagged questions; 23 on flagged comments). It isn't a critical statistic; don't fret. – Jonathan Leffler Nov 24 '12 at 7:45
  • Jarrod and I are moving where the flags are stored but it may take up to a few weeks as it's a major project - we'll be sure to look at this when we do so. – Nick Craver Nov 24 '12 at 13:23

Comment flags, like comments, are second-class citizens. You are only shown statistics, not the actual comments or the status of flags still waiting for review.

Your statistics show that you flagged 8 comments; 4 of those flags were deemed helpful, 2 were declined and the remaining 2 have either not yet been handled or they have been handled automatically, and thus do not have a status any longer.

(Note that veteran SO comment flaggers have another option: the comment flag system didn't track comment flags at all until those stats were implementented, so those of us who have been around long may have flags that were either helpful or declined but were not counted in the helpful or declined counters. They are counted in the total flag count for comments:

older flags were not recorded).

Since comment flags don't get you anything anyway (other than a warm fuzzy feeling that you have made the site a better place), I wouldn't worry about this too much in any case.

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  • This means total flagged - (helpful+declined) = still to review , is it? moreover can you just have a look at update part? – Mohammed Azharuddin Shaikh Nov 24 '12 at 5:21
  • @hotveryspicy: That's answered by 'comment flags .. are second-class citizens'. That information is not given to us, so the answer, currently, is "no, we don't have that status information". – Martijn Pieters Nov 24 '12 at 5:26
  • @hotveryspicy: And as animuson stated, automatically handled flags are also not marked as helpful or declined. They are just no longer waiting for review anymore. – Martijn Pieters Nov 24 '12 at 5:27

There are some cases where comment flags get dismissed without a status being applied. Most notably, comment flags which are automatically handled (such as flagging an "accept rate" comment) do not get marked as helpful. This causes your total number of comments flagged to increase without increasing either of your helpful or declined comment flags.

I'm sure a vast majority of users who participate in comment flagging don't have numbers which add up.

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