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I found out that I am able to flag my answer on Stack Overflow. But I did not press ok. It appears to be an accepted answer.

I believe there is no use of having this option for my own answer because it seems meaningless. Shouldn't this thing be disabled for my own answer? I don't know how this is useful. How could flagging your own posts be useful?

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  • Simple: to contact a moderator for help. Same thing all flags are used for. Aug 3, 2013 at 8:31

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No it should not be disabled. Just because you can't think of a use right now doesn't mean there aren't potential uses. Here are a couple scenarios where it can be useful:

  • Somebody has edited your post either maliciously or in error and you want a moderator to review the situation. This is the right way to avoid an edit war if the other editor keeps editing.
  • Your post was deleted but you have edited it and want a review to get it undeleted.
  • Your answer has been selected as accepted but you later find it to be in error and want to delete it. You don't have permission to remove accepted answers but a moderator could do this for you if you give them a reason.
  • You discover your post contains sensitive information that needs to be removed from even the revision history.
  • You decide another site would be a more appropriate host for your question and would like a moderator to migrate it.

There are undoubtedly other uses as well, but suffice it to say there are legitimate reasons to flag your own posts for moderator attention.

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Let's say someone keeps editing your answer inappropriately. Instead of going the roll-back war way, you could issue a flag asking a moderator to look into the situation. And that's just one example.

In that case you're not pointing out problems with yourself, but problems with your post that only a moderator can really handle. Flags are useful, even on your own content.

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