When I flag a comment, I get two different limits:

You may only attempt to flag this comment every 3 seconds


You may only flag a comment every 5 seconds

The first one was triggered by me trying to flag two comments on the same post that were obsolete - it popped up when I clicked the flag button (i.e. it is preventing me from opening the dialogue twice in 3 seconds):

screenshot of an activated comment flag

The second was encountered for the same reasons, but when I clicked "Flag comment" (i.e. it isn't letting me actually flag more than once every 5 seconds):

screenshot of the comment flagging dialog

Why are there two different rate limits for the same thing (flagging two comments)?

Even if they are to be kept (I think the 3 second one should go) I think they should be reworded to this:

You may only try to flag comments once every 3 seconds


You may only flag a comment once every 5 seconds

  • Despite having flagged a lot of comments, I have never seen the first one. – Wrzlprmft Nov 30 '14 at 18:39
  • It has to be 2 comments that you flag, and you have to be quick – Tim Nov 30 '14 at 18:40
  • Try flagging my 2 comments – Tim Nov 30 '14 at 18:42
  • Does it really say obselete? o.o – user259867 Nov 30 '14 at 19:01
  • @Raff nope, I just couldn't spell when I made the image! I make all the windows in Inkscape rather than screenshotting them because I get better quality etc... – Tim Nov 30 '14 at 19:03
  • There is something similar for close dialog: "you may only load the close dialog every 3 seconds". For the same reason, probably: this click hits deep enough into the system for it to be a DDOS vector. But I agree that two different limits look unnecessary: if the loading of dialog is already throttled, it should not be necessary to throttle actual flagging. – user259867 Nov 30 '14 at 19:26
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    @Raff it's possible to submit flags without any dialog so another layer of protection is vital. – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard Nov 30 '14 at 19:34
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    @ShadowWizard Ah yes, the JS tricks. Then both should be set to the same duration, so that the normal clickety-click use of the site would never result in both pop-ups. – user259867 Nov 30 '14 at 19:35
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    @Raff personally I prefer having it consistent with the close dialog message: "You may only load the comment flag dialog every 3 seconds" – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard Nov 30 '14 at 19:37
  • Related, but not a duplicate: meta.stackexchange.com/q/358637/273494 – ColleenV Apr 26 at 16:58

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