After a long search on this site, I was unable to find any feedback on something I flagged. After posting the original incarnation of this question, I found out that there is flag information but it is available only to some users. I propose making it clear on one or both of
- the help page about flagging, and
- a dialog box upon submitting a flag
where (and under what conditions!) feedback on flags can be found.
I also propose we (possibly the best fix, which removes that conditionality)
- Make the user profile "helpful flags" line show up for all users
(Most of the confusion came from that being hidden until users have a flag accepted.)
(Note that this last is not the same feature request as All users should see their flag history as soon as they make a flag)
There has been some discussion on giving feedback to flaggers
- Provide a way for moderators to respond to the person who flags for moderator attention
- Allow moderators to reply to a flag
- How are we intended to respond to moderator flags that ask a question? and especially
- A simple flag result feedback
and after searching for "how do I know what happened to my flag", "how do I follow the result of flagging something", "how do I find out what is happening on something I flagged", and with best results "feedback on flagging" I finally found those discussions and was pretty certain there was no way at all to know what happened as a result of you flagging something.
...but I was still not entirely certain.
Reading the help pages actually does not help. If you search the help pages for "flag", your best hit is https://meta.stackoverflow.com/help/flagging, which contains the misleading statement "Anything consistently flagged by our community members will be investigated, and we will always follow up."
I have now figured out that "we will always follow up" does not mean "we will always follow up with you" (there is automated feedback, but no human 'following up' with you), but I would not blame anyone for taking that meaning ( http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/follow-up ).
Since the help pages are not clear, I was left to plough through old questions and answers.
- So there was once "flag weight"? Flag weight audit
- ...but now that is gone and replaced with a "helpful flag" count? We don't need (to see) flag weight!
Well I clicked through all the tabs in my profile page, and did not see anything like either one of those.
(For the "Marshall" and "Deputy" badges to be based on something on which there is no feedback, by the way, doesn't seem right, so I am thinking there must be feedback but it is just extremely difficult to find. ...but that doesn't prove anything, so I guessed I could only know for sure after stumbling on the right old question and answer.)
At some point, it seemed easier to type out a detailed feature request rather than keep looking.
----Edit: Based on Kate Gregory's screenshot, and the fact that my profile page does not have the helpful flags line, I adding a 3rd option for fixing this problem.
So to save people from wild goose chases like mine, I suggest we do one or two or all of:
On the help page about flagging, amend "[...] we will always follow up." to "[...] we will always follow up on it, and you can always get feedback on things you have flagged...[link or directions]"
In a dialog box that comes up upon submitting a flag (probably best in the thanks-for-flagging box, but possibly in a dedicated one just for the first few flags), show the message "Please note that feedback on your flags can be found...[link or directions]"
Make the user profile "helpful flags" line and count show up for all users (i.e. even if the helpful flag count is 0).
(Please feel free to post separate answers arguing for implementing and not implementing whichever of these fixes. There are 8 different combinations!)