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Occasionally as a moderator I've noticed flags from the Community user. I've got a few questions:

  • Why do they exist?
  • What events trigger them?
  • How might moderators act on them?
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When you look at the Community user's flag history you are seeing all the flags from deleted users which are assigned to Community. But there are also 10 flag types that are generated by the system in order to bring to moderator attention situations that might be missed by a site's users. These flags don't always indicate a problem (otherwise the system would take action directly). Their purpose is to serve as a canary in the coal mine.

The complete list of automated flags and their descriptions is:

Each flag's description gives an idea about what caused the flag to be raised. Of note, the "question closed without explanatory comment" is not raised on graduated sites.

I've linked a meta-question that asks for guidance on how to respond to each flag. In general, treat automated flags as you would any other. Feel free to decline Community flags if they aren't helpful.

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    Is there any point to dismissing these flags as helpful or not? Like does saying "found no evidence to support it" go back into the system to help tweak the algorithm? – Double AA Dec 1 '13 at 14:59
  • @DoubleAA: We don't make use of that information at this time. Presumably (though I haven't checked) most moderators pick helpful in most cases since it's the quickest way to dismiss the flag. So the feedback is not likely to be as clean as one might hope. – Jon Ericson Dec 2 '13 at 4:49
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    I have seen the Community flag “More than 20 edits by the original author”, which is not in this list so does not have a helpful link to guidance. Can you add one? – Kevin Reid Oct 16 '17 at 20:59
  • There's also the "too many rude comments" auto-flag. – Monica Cellio Aug 15 '19 at 20:30

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