This is what I just got to a flag that I put on an old dumb question of mine

I wrote:

Can this please be deleted? It is old and irrelevant. Thank you.

And it would have been fine if it was just rejected and I would have need none the wiser...

But what I got was worse:
I saw helpful, ok cool. Then the mod's comment Just kidding - NO.

You cannot be serious?!

Should moderators really be responding to people like that?

Pictorial evidence:

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    Well, it made me laugh....
    – Bart
    Oct 25, 2013 at 13:41
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    I can't figure out exactly where the relevant information is in your photo. Perhaps you could highlight it in some way? ;) Oct 25, 2013 at 13:41
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    @AndrewBarber this question does not deserve any freehand circles.
    – Naftali
    Oct 25, 2013 at 13:42
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    What's wrong with the response? I know we're supposed to hate fun, but ... come on.
    – yannis
    Oct 25, 2013 at 13:45
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    @Yannis it is mean and uncalled for and not what a moderator should be doing or representing.
    – Naftali
    Oct 25, 2013 at 13:45
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    @amanaP for a new user and his/her first couple of flags, I would absolutely agree. But you've been here for a while now. You know how this thing works. You know them, they know you. Can you not try to see the humorous side here?
    – Bart
    Oct 25, 2013 at 13:48
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    No I really cannot @Bart ...
    – Naftali
    Oct 25, 2013 at 13:49
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    That's not actually something moderators can do. Oct 25, 2013 at 14:06
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    We can only post a message on a flag if we decline it. I'm trying to raise a community manager to get some clarification on what happened. Oct 25, 2013 at 14:09
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    Wow... that is very weird @BilltheLizard Keep us updated :-D
    – Naftali
    Oct 25, 2013 at 14:10
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    @BilltheLizard There's no UI for leaving a message if helpful, but I wonder if the POST action has a parameter for a message... Oct 25, 2013 at 14:13
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    @GeorgeStocker Someone who has higher access than you or I left the message. Oct 25, 2013 at 14:17
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    Strictly-speaking, any moderator can leave a message along with Helpful, @Bill - there's just no UI for it. I've been playing with the notion for a while (since this is a rather popular feature-request) to see where the potential uses / pitfalls lie - here's one of them.
    – Shog9
    Oct 25, 2013 at 16:43
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    ABOUT TIME! @Bill ;-)
    – Shog9
    Oct 25, 2013 at 16:58
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    @Servy We have 902 in the queue at the moment. I'll let you know if we run out. :) Oct 25, 2013 at 17:03

2 Answers 2


You've flagged this same question four times now. The last time you flagged it, I wrote,

Declined: As a completed feature-request, it's part of the history of the evolution of SO's election system

Note that your question doesn't stand alone - it's referenced in this question asking that the Yearling requirement be added back. It's hardly implausible that this request will come up again (it's a rather appealing requirement) - indeed, I can't be sure these posts haven't been referenced on other sites on the network since they were written!

I assume you know all of this, since you're not new here and you're pretty familiar with how the system works. And yet you keep asking for it to be deleted anyway.

So again, for what I sincerely hope is the last time,


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    The flag was marked as helpful 3 out of the 4 times with no action taken. If you were the one to decline my latest flag, this was not the way to do wit, and not the way that a moderator should act or respond to anything regardless of how long any user has been a part of a site.
    – Naftali
    Oct 25, 2013 at 17:05
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    Action was taken for all three "helpful" flags, @amana: the first resulted in the question being closed, the second in it being reopened, and the last in the composition of an attention-getting dismissal reason since you didn't seem to read the one attached to the "declined" reason. Yes, I could've - and probably should've - been a bit more polite about it, but... Really, you do know better by now. After 2+ years of active participation, I shouldn't have to hold your hand and explain how Meta works. I'm sorry for offending you with the message but please don't keep flagging the same posts.
    – Shog9
    Oct 25, 2013 at 17:19
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    @Shog9: I'm still interested in knowing how you've marked a flag helpful and provided a message at the same time :o Oct 26, 2013 at 12:01

That question was , it will not be removed even if you want it to.

Why wouldn't it be removed?

  • Because it was a completed feature, it serves as a signpost, and as history and followup for everyone, including devs.
  • Even though it was downvoted, people put their time and effort into writing useful answers and suggestions.

Was the response appropriate?

Probably not. I wouldn't have exploded over it though.

First (real) rule of the internet: Do not take things personally over the internet.

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    Not to mention all the people who'd spent time writing answers Oct 25, 2013 at 13:59
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    Deletions of content more than a few months old don't affect Rep, IIRC. Also, he's not really complaining about the flag being denied, but rather the way the mod behaved. Oct 25, 2013 at 14:00
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    @Madara I would end up losing rep if that question was deleted. Also this whole thing would have been no problem if the flag was just declined but it was handled very wrong.
    – Naftali
    Oct 25, 2013 at 14:00
  • @amanaPlanaCAnalPAnaMA: Hence, I've added to my answer, the flag was probably not handled appropriately, someone wanted to have a little fun, but it ended up as being interpreted as abusive/harassing/annoying/trolling/whatever. Again, I wouldn't have exploded over it. But the choice is yours. Oct 25, 2013 at 14:16
  • This whole thing might be a bug
    – Naftali
    Oct 25, 2013 at 14:17

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