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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.

"Harassment, bigotry, or abuse" 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?

In the case of spam and abuse flags on posts and comments, no.

In the case of recommend closure flags, yes, if it's been more than 14 days after your previous flag got marked aged away. (Exception: if you cast your flag before the status of aged close votes and close flags began to be tracked sometime in 2012, you will not be able to recast your flag. Source)

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    What about flags for duplicate questions? – UuDdLrLrSs Jan 29 '18 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 '18 at 18:29
  • How avoid aged away flags? – Smart Manoj Jun 24 '19 at 9:29
  • @sampablokuper Note that several years ago, recommend closure flags never aged away, and would stay pending forever until it was eventually handled. This created a problem on Stack Overflow, as it was a major contributor to the close queue peaking at 100,000+ pending tasks. The aging away process removes tasks from the queue to keep the queue size down; while some of those flags will inevitably end up recast, that'll only be a small percentage of tasks staying pending, as opposed to 100% with the older system. – Sonic the K-Day Hedgehog Feb 28 at 17:45
  • What about flags for moderator attention? // cc @SonictheMaskedWerehog – Qwertiy Jul 16 at 20:13
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    @Qwertiy Those don't age away. – Sonic the K-Day Hedgehog Jul 16 at 21:00

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