# Will a moderator know if I flag them?

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.

• @Bill: I just flagged your answer to Kev's question. What happened? – raven Aug 21 '09 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 '09 at 0:42
• It turns out Joel Coehoorn deleted Bill's comment: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/15961/… – raven Aug 21 '09 at 0:48
• It's okay, this is for science! – Bill the Lizard Aug 21 '09 at 0:49
• Sorry, had to flag your comment, Bill. In the interest of science, of course! – raven Aug 21 '09 at 2:50
• @raven: Almost anything is excusable when it's done in the name of science. :) – Bill the Lizard Aug 21 '09 at 12:29
• +1 for the alliteration – Nathan Koop Aug 21 '09 at 13:01

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.

• 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 '09 at 0:43
• No, no, no, it was probably some other random user. – random Aug 21 '09 at 0:45
• 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! – Bill the Lizard Aug 21 '09 at 0:47
• 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 '09 at 0:52
• @TheTXI: Okay, if I don't make it back, you're in charge. :) – Bill the Lizard Aug 21 '09 at 1:00
• 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. :( – Bill the Lizard Aug 21 '09 at 1:03
• @Bill: Did you set a new record for "recalc ate my rep?" – xmm0 Aug 21 '09 at 1:08
• The epic question is what will happen if I try to merge TXI's and Bill's user accounts. – Tom Ritter Aug 21 '09 at 1:10
• @Tom: LOL! Is there an undo? – xmm0 Aug 21 '09 at 1:10
• Let me guess. The lizard will eat the pony? – xmm0 Aug 21 '09 at 1:13
• @Tom Ritter: Do keep in mind that I'm also a moderator on SO. :) – Bill the Lizard Aug 21 '09 at 1:16
• @Mehrdad: I only lost about 150, so I'm nowhere near the record. – Bill the Lizard Aug 21 '09 at 1:18
• Mod wars. Now THAT's gonna be fun! :)) – xmm0 Aug 21 '09 at 1:18
• @Bill sadtrombone.com I fear the rep recalc on SO. I gotta stay above Jeff =p – Tom Ritter Aug 21 '09 at 1:19
• "...I think we're all mature enough..." I'm not so sure. :) – raven Aug 21 '09 at 2:57

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

• Darn... And here I was hoping :) – BinaryMisfit Aug 21 '09 at 6:09
• 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. – Bill the Lizard Aug 21 '09 at 11:48
• I was deliberately not naming any names ;-p – Marc Gravell Aug 21 '09 at 12:10
• Oh, right. I missed that little bit of subtlety. :) – Bill the Lizard Aug 21 '09 at 12:49
• ♦ overflow – perbert Aug 21 '09 at 15:04

If you think a moderator has done something she shouldn't have done, you can always email team+sitename@stackexchange.com and report the matter.

• But then we don't get to do fun experiments. – Bill the Lizard Aug 21 '09 at 0:52
• Bill: Don't worry. I think Jeff replies: "status-bydesign!" – xmm0 Aug 21 '09 at 0:52
• I'm too lazy. I like my retribution to be effortless. :) – raven Aug 21 '09 at 0:55
• ...in 4-6 weeks ;-p – Marc Gravell Aug 21 '09 at 4:36
• @Marc: I thought it's 6-8 weeks... – xmm0 Aug 21 '09 at 11:56
• My memory must be overly optimistic ;-p – Marc Gravell Aug 21 '09 at 12:11
• Are there moderator women? – juan Aug 21 '09 at 15:12

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.

• 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 '09 at 0:42
• I see. So you're the culprit. I thought Bill just deleted it himself. Interesting. – raven Aug 21 '09 at 0:47
• Ok, that explains it. :) – Bill the Lizard Aug 21 '09 at 0:48

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.

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.