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What happens to a flag when the question in question was deleted by a moderator, and it still says active? Does that mean it was a bad flag or it's just going to sit there?

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Normally, flags are automatically dismissed as helpful when a moderator deletes the question.

There is one exception: when the question is deleted automatically because it meets the criteria for automatic deletion or via spam/offensive flags from other users. In that case, your custom flag remains active for a human moderator to review what happened since we don't want to make any assumptions about the content of the flag and its relation to the question.

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  • Ohhh, that makes sense. Thanks a lot! Sorry for creating more work for y'all lol – Sterling Archer Mar 31 '14 at 15:44
  • @RUJordan No worries. :) – Adam Lear Mar 31 '14 at 15:44
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The question you linked to was not deleted by a moderator, it was deleted due to a sufficient number of spam flags from regular users.

In such cases, any flags other than custom moderator flags will be validated as helpful. Moderator flags will stick around until a moderator actively acts on them, so you can be sure that if you use a custom moderator flag it will always be shown to an actual human moderator.

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