Moderator flags can be dismissed as aged away.

  • What does this dismiss reason mean?
  • What causes flags to be dismissed with this reason?
  • Do aged away flags affect my daily flag amount?
  • Can I cast a flag again if it gets marked aged away?

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What does this dismiss reason mean?

Certain moderator flags are invalidated by age. This prevents flags from accruing over time and allowing actions that the greater community in general doesn't want.

When a flag is aged like this, you see "aged away" for the flag reason (previously, it was "scheduledtaskinvalidated").

What causes flags to be dismissed with this reason?

The checks are performed once a day. The rules have changed over time, but currently they are:

Spam and "rude or abusive" flags on posts

After 4 days.

"Rude or abusive" flags on comments

After 4 days.

Recommend closure flags on questions

These follow the normal rules for close vote aging:

  • For flags to migrate a question: when the question becomes ineligible for migration, which is when the question is 60 days old

  • The oldest recommend closure flag, once per day, at the following times:

    • 4 days after the last close vote if the question has 100+ views
    • 14 days after the last close vote if the question has fewer than 100 views

Note: If a flag gets invalidated in close vote review by three "leave open" reviews, it will be marked declined instead.

Do aged away flags affect my daily flag amount?

No.

Can I cast a flag again if it gets marked aged away?

Yes, if it's been more than 14 days after you cast the first flag (that got marked aged away), and you cast that flag after the change allowing expired close votes to be recast was deployed in March 2015.

If you cast your flag before that change was made, you may or may not be able to recast your flag. Source

  • What about flags for duplicate questions? – DaveInCaz Jan 29 at 16:52
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    Your answer was helpful, but I disagree with the concept. "This prevents flags from accruing over time and allowing actions that the greater community in general doesn't want." So instead, flaggers have to duplicate their own efforts by flagging again? This doesn't sound like a sensible trade-off. – sampablokuper Jul 27 at 18:29

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