Votes to close are known to expire, for the reasons explained eg in answers to this question: Why do close votes expire?

Does something like this happen to flags to close cast by users lacking CV privileges?

Side note - related question makes one feel that it's unlikely the case: Don't let flag-to-close flags linger for months in flag purgatory

I ask because per recent changes flags like that are no longer targeted to moderators only, but instead, go to same review queue as votes to close. This makes one wonder if the reasoning for votes expiration can now be applied to flags.

  • Yet someone at least went through and took care of my ancient flags. Now my oldest one is (only) two months and change old (September 3rd). So that's progress maybe? – jmac Nov 13 '13 at 7:02
  • @jmac this progress is most likely due to meta effect. As an example, after you posted here, I figured one or two of your flags from comments at SO and cast CVs, which resolved these. Also, note what Bill said in comments: "I cleared a couple of your pending flags..." – gnat Nov 13 '13 at 7:08
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    I thought maybe (just maybe) a few moderators ran a query on old close vote flags over X age, and took care of them that way. The questions I had flagged seem to have been deleted for a large part, so I can't check up on them, but I'm thinking it may have been the acts of some conscientious mods. At least hoping it wasn't just my flags. – jmac Nov 13 '13 at 7:13

Currently only canonical migration flags (obviously not custom-written migration flags) are automatically expired, and only when the question becomes ineligible for migration (they don't follow the normal expiration rules as a close vote would). Once expired, they are marked as "aged away."

As per Shog's comment on another question:

The majority of flag types in the system are not currently aged, including Recommend Close flags that do not involve migration.

  • thanks! would it make sense to establish expiration for close flags? if you think yes, I can convert my question from support to feature-request or open a new one. If not, your answer resolves my question in its current form – gnat Nov 13 '13 at 7:04
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    I don't see the need for another question. The feature-request you linked in your question would be a good place to just post an answer suggesting an alternative way of handling ancient close flags (aka, let them expire). – animuson Nov 13 '13 at 7:13
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    thanks! there you go - "reposted as an answer" there – gnat Nov 13 '13 at 7:21

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