It would be very helpful if, when I am looking at a question, I could see items that I have flagged in the past -- the question, answers, and comments. I know I can see a list of my flags from my profile page, but I am referring to the ability to see them inline, while looking at the question page itself.

Often, I stumble across the same posts or comments more than once. I don't want to flag a problem post or comment repeatedly, because that wastes my flags and the moderators' time. So, if I have a flag pending, I should be able to see that.

Possible solutions:

  1. Perhaps change the pop-up flag reasons dialog to say, "You have already flagged this post/comment."
  2. Highlight the word "flag" (for posts) or show a red flag icon without hovering (for comments) in the inline view.
  3. Both (1) and (2) -- my preference and suggested fix.

Note: the same thing should happen for currently pending flags and for rejected or disputed flags.

Edit: A particularly good use case for this is when cleaning up obsolete, chatty, or rude comments with a lot of back-and-forth. It's easy to lose track of which ones have been flagged when there are several to clean up. I flagged 8 such comments on one question recently, and wouldn't be surprised if I double-flagged at least one of them.

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    Note: (1) is what the sites do now with Close votes. (2) is what they do with up/down votes. Neither fits perfectly for the flag links, which are textual in some contexts and graphical in others. Thus, (3) seems like the best fit.
    – elixenide
    Mar 5, 2014 at 17:18
  • Related: meta.stackexchange.com/q/212784/162102 Mar 5, 2014 at 20:59
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    @MonicaCellio You're right, that is related, though a bit less detailed. I would love to see this implemented...
    – elixenide
    Mar 5, 2014 at 21:01
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    Yeah, implementing this would solve that; the other question is a more-specific use case that currently has no good answer. I'm tired of getting smacked with "you flagged this already" on stuff I flagged months ago and the flag was ignored or declined, and that was hundreds of flags ago. :-( Mar 5, 2014 at 21:02


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