If you try to flag a post that has been deleted since you loaded the question page, the system returns a rather unfortunate error message:

You don't have permission to use this type of flag

Actually, the problem isn't that you don't have permission to use the type of flag (in the particular case that happened to me, a spam flag on a question), but rather that the post has been deleted.

If the post has been deleted in the interim, the message should reflect that fact. So for example:

This post has been deleted.

Or, to be even more explicit:

You cannot flag this post because it has been deleted.

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    Thanks for posting this. For a minute I thought some moderator had taken away my ability to flag posts. Jul 3, 2014 at 23:07
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    @AndrewGrimm Nah, we aren't usually that evil. ;)
    – user
    Jul 5, 2014 at 13:09
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    This just happened to me too. It's a terrible error message because it makes the user think that they have had a flagging privileged revoked. I then tested to downvote on an answer that was going to be deleted as NAA, so kept the window open, it gives an acceptable error message of "this post has been deleted, deleted posts can not be voted on". So the flag on deleted answer should be changed to something similar
    Sep 15, 2014 at 4:46
  • Still happened to me just now.
    – user
    Oct 25, 2014 at 11:08
  • Does this still happen? I have tried to reproduce this and haven't been able to, so any additional details from the victims would be much appreciated. Nov 11, 2014 at 17:07
  • @BenCollins I'd be glad to give it a try if we can just set up the scenario. (Shouldn't be very difficult.) Ping me into a chat room.
    – user
    Nov 11, 2014 at 19:58
  • … or do nothing and reload.
    – bjb568
    Nov 12, 2014 at 20:08
  • This post today indicates that it's gotten undone again.
    – W.O.
    May 19, 2022 at 8:33

2 Answers 2


It seems that the only way this ever happens is if a user opens the flagging dialog, a post is deleted, and then the user submits a flag (other than "needs moderator attention").

Thanks for reporting and helping me reproduce this. It should be fixed in the next build.

  • Yes, these are the steps. We can confirm and test the fix the next time we get Drupal spam. All of us flag and the spam gets nuked while our flag dialog is open, so we see it all the time. Will check from the Tavern and let you know. Because of the high frequency, we see it very often. Nov 17, 2014 at 17:11
  • so... status-completed?
    – Braiam
    Nov 17, 2014 at 17:46
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    @Briam I usually like to see it go out first, but because you asked, ....ok. :-) Nov 17, 2014 at 17:48
  • Somebody ping me here when this is confirmed fixed so I can accept the answer.
    – user
    Nov 17, 2014 at 18:57
  • @MichaelKjörling: It's fixed. Now, this message is displayed i.stack.imgur.com/a8c5K.png Nov 18, 2014 at 10:24

Does not seem to be any more, just now I got this on a rude/abusive post on Hinduism.SE:


Link to the deleted answer for reference: https://hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/27323

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