I am on this page to moderate (not sure if it's correct word for this) the flags. I find there the following information:

What is this?

It's a list of posts that other community members have flagged as needing attention. What do you think we should do with them? Cast your own flags and close votes to determine what happens to these posts.

Randomly, I take the first flagged post:

There is a button flag or disagree.... When I click on it a popup appears:

After I choose an option and I click Flag Answer button, what happens?

It looks for me like a recursive thing: are we moderating flags by flagging them?

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    You're always flagging posts, not flags. Even the "invalid flag" thing is "this post has invalid flags".
    – Mat
    Dec 26 '13 at 8:39
  • @Mat I am confused... What will happen with the post after x useful flags? What is the x value? Dec 26 '13 at 8:41
  • Apart from SPAM/offensive flags (and some comment flags), nothing happens to the post automatically. The additional flags are used to prioritize things for moderators.
    – Mat
    Dec 26 '13 at 8:52
  • @Mat So, are all flagged posts moderated by real moderators? I understand that they are just reordered by +10k users. Dec 26 '13 at 8:55

This confused me too.

Basically, you are "validating" flags by piling on your own flags (which pushes them up in the mod queue). Flag pile-on is not too helpful, though, you should always try to vote to close/delete the posts if you feel it necessary and you have the privilege to do so.

If you feel that a flag is invalid, flag the post with "invalid flags".

  • I understand that all flagged posts are moderated by ♦ moderators and the posts are just reordered by +10k users. Right? Dec 26 '13 at 9:18
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    @イオニカビザウ No, if you vote to delete or close, and enough other 10ks do the same, the post gets dealt with. Dec 26 '13 at 9:20

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