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I have run into this situation a few times where the following is happening.

  • I see a flag on a post, normally an AutoVLQ on an old post.
  • I delete the post
  • A little later, I get another flag on the same post, this time from a user

In all cases, I can look at the timeline for the post and see that the second flag was raised after I deleted the post. I have seen the second flag as much as twenty minutes after I deleted the post.

As far as I can tell, the flags are coming from posts in the review queue.

To be honest, I think this is either a bug in the review queue with deleted posts not being removed, or a caching issue, but I am framing this as a feature request.

The Request

When a flag actually gets added to a post (ie, in the postback handler), check whether the post has been deleted. If the post has been deleted, then add it to the flag queue only if it has a custom reason or is a spam/offensive flag. If it not, then automagically dismiss it as helpful.

This should cover the legitimate reasons for a moderator to see a flag on a deleted post.

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  • If a post has been deleted, the only possible flag is a custom one. The flag dialog looks at the state the post is in at the moment the dialog is loaded. May 18, 2014 at 12:18

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