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This is related to Kev's recently posted question. Bill the Lizard informed us that mods know who flagged a post, but does this include them? If a mod gets flagged, do they get to see who flagged them? Not that any of these wonderful mods would ever think of doing anything untoward, but you never know. Bill might suddenly lose his mind one day and, if I have to flag him, madness plus "modness" could equal mayhem.

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  • @Bill: I just flagged your answer to Kev's question. What happened?
    – raven
    Aug 21, 2009 at 0:40
  • Bill asked me to flag one of his posts in a comment to this question, but he deleted his comment.
    – raven
    Aug 21, 2009 at 0:42
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    It turns out Joel Coehoorn deleted Bill's comment: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/15961/…
    – raven
    Aug 21, 2009 at 0:48
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    It's okay, this is for science! Aug 21, 2009 at 0:49
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    Sorry, had to flag your comment, Bill. In the interest of science, of course!
    – raven
    Aug 21, 2009 at 2:50
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    @raven: Almost anything is excusable when it's done in the name of science. :) Aug 21, 2009 at 12:29
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    +1 for the alliteration Aug 21, 2009 at 13:01

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Okay, I just saw random flag this post of mine, so yes, we can see flags on our own posts.

I can honestly say you have nothing to worry about, though. Even if we did something worthy of flagging, I think we're all mature enough to not try and get retribution against someone for flagging it. We were all chosen as moderators (many of us by community vote) at least in part for this reason.

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    Hopefully we are cognizant enough to not to try and take actions against ourselves and end up nuking our own content accidentally.
    – TheTXI
    Aug 21, 2009 at 0:43
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    No, no, no, it was probably some other random user.
    – random
    Aug 21, 2009 at 0:45
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    If I put myself in the penalty box, I wonder if I still have the privileges to take myself out. Damn it, the curiosity is going to kill me! Aug 21, 2009 at 0:47
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    Bill: If you can't get yourself out, I'll let you out...in a few days...give me enough time to run amok.
    – TheTXI
    Aug 21, 2009 at 0:52
  • @TheTXI: Okay, if I don't make it back, you're in charge. :) Aug 21, 2009 at 1:00
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    Okay, apparently the moderator tools are totally independent of reputation (I knew this already) and whether or not you're in the penalty box. I just suspended myself, then was able to lift my own suspension. Interesting side note: apparently being released from the penalty box automatically triggers a reputation recalc. :( Aug 21, 2009 at 1:03
  • @Bill: Did you set a new record for "recalc ate my rep?"
    – mmx
    Aug 21, 2009 at 1:08
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    The epic question is what will happen if I try to merge TXI's and Bill's user accounts.
    – Tom Ritter
    Aug 21, 2009 at 1:10
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    @Tom: LOL! Is there an undo?
    – mmx
    Aug 21, 2009 at 1:10
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    Let me guess. The lizard will eat the pony?
    – mmx
    Aug 21, 2009 at 1:13
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    @Tom Ritter: Do keep in mind that I'm also a moderator on SO. :) Aug 21, 2009 at 1:16
  • @Mehrdad: I only lost about 150, so I'm nowhere near the record. Aug 21, 2009 at 1:18
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    Mod wars. Now THAT's gonna be fun! :))
    – mmx
    Aug 21, 2009 at 1:18
  • @Bill sadtrombone.com I fear the rep recalc on SO. I gotta stay above Jeff =p
    – Tom Ritter
    Aug 21, 2009 at 1:19
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    "...I think we're all mature enough..." I'm not so sure. :)
    – raven
    Aug 21, 2009 at 2:57
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Oops: flagging Bill the Lizard's "Please flag me to find out." comment as a moderator just deletes it :o

Update:
Not only can I flag myself, I can clear my own flag.

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    I almost flagged a post of my own but thought better of it. Glad to know I'm not the only one with 'tard tendencies :)
    – TheTXI
    Aug 21, 2009 at 0:42
  • I see. So you're the culprit. I thought Bill just deleted it himself. Interesting.
    – raven
    Aug 21, 2009 at 0:47
  • Ok, that explains it. :) Aug 21, 2009 at 0:48
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If you think a moderator has done something she shouldn't have done, you can always email [email protected] and report the matter.

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    But then we don't get to do fun experiments. Aug 21, 2009 at 0:52
  • Bill: Don't worry. I think Jeff replies: "status-bydesign!"
    – mmx
    Aug 21, 2009 at 0:52
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    I'm too lazy. I like my retribution to be effortless. :)
    – raven
    Aug 21, 2009 at 0:55
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    ...in 4-6 weeks ;-p Aug 21, 2009 at 4:36
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    @Marc: I thought it's 6-8 weeks...
    – mmx
    Aug 21, 2009 at 11:56
  • My memory must be overly optimistic ;-p Aug 21, 2009 at 12:11
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    Are there moderator women?
    – juan
    Aug 21, 2009 at 15:12
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Even if we went crazy...

  • all of the more interesting moderator activities are explicitly logged
  • most things can be undone... maybe not through the app, but certainly at the database - for example, user-accounts have been successfully resurrected
  • I'm sure Jeff wants to test his backup system eventually...

So we can't do too much harm, even if we went postal

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  • Darn... And here I was hoping :) Aug 21, 2009 at 6:09
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    Just to add to this, I did accidentally delete the wrong account once (I meant to delete their sock puppet account, open in another tab) and Jeff was able to restore it. Aug 21, 2009 at 11:48
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    I was deliberately not naming any names ;-p Aug 21, 2009 at 12:10
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    Oh, right. I missed that little bit of subtlety. :) Aug 21, 2009 at 12:49
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    ♦ overflow
    – perbert
    Aug 21, 2009 at 15:04
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The Eye of Sauron (and Bill the Lizard) sees all!

Seriously though, interesting question. I imagine they do because the assumption has been made if someone is a moderator they won't go around posting stuff that needs to be flagged and, if they did, they would act maturely.

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I am sure that we can see flags on ourselves. I don't see why there would be any reason why not from a pure logic standpoint.

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