Sometimes there are only three basic flags available:

  • spam
  • rude or abusive
  • in need of moderator intervention

Sometimes there are additional flag options in the list, such as:

  • very low quality

What determines the flag options in the list? At times, I would like to flag something "very low quality", but it is not available, and I'm not sure if I should be using "in need of moderator attention" and specifying "very low quality" (or words to that effect), in the description.

Is it that someone else has already flagged it with that flag, and I just can't see it and it is unavailable after someone has already used that flag? Or, is it something automatically determined, based on the text of the question?

I checked to see if the following might be related, but the questions do not have positive scores, and refreshing does not show up a hold/close, etc:

One additional thing I have observed is that the question seems to have been "favourited" by someone. (Although, as I mentioned, it does not have a positive score.)

I have noticed this on SO, but I suspect that it may be widely applicable to all SE sites. I want to avoid using flagging improperly.

  • Just checking, that isn't a post you already flagged, right?
    – rene
    Jul 12, 2015 at 11:52
  • Is it similar to what is described here?
    – rene
    Jul 12, 2015 at 11:53
  • I checked that one, and a different one related to positive question scores, but those don't seem to be the issue. One think is that the questions seem to be very short.
    – David
    Jul 12, 2015 at 11:57
  • I have, additionally, observed a "1" under the favourite star. (not mine... someone else's)
    – David
    Jul 12, 2015 at 12:05

1 Answer 1


You won't be able to flag as very low quality if the question is already in the close review queue.

Very Low Quality won't be available for questions that are currently undergoing Close review either.

Source: Disputed flags and triage

As the question is already in the close review queue, there's no point flagging it as very low quality.

The idea is that the function of the "very low quality" flag on questions is evolving to act as a way of finding things that review didn't catch. Once something is under review, there's no need to indicate that it needs to be reviewed. Spam, gibberish, etc. are addressed by the remaining flags.

Source: Missing "VLQ" flag option in Triage Queue

This is in addition to the other times that VLQ flag is disabled: if the post has a positive score, or if it's already closed or deleted.

On Stack Overflow only, the VLQ flag won't show if the question is in the Triage review queue:

Very Low Quality won't be an option from within Triage review or from anywhere else while a question is being triaged.

  • Ah... So, is it indicated to readers if a question is in the Close review queue? It did not have such a marking on it.
    – David
    Jul 12, 2015 at 11:59
  • @David If you have the cast close & reopen votes privilege, you see "close (1)" indicating one close vote.
    – grg
    Jul 12, 2015 at 12:01
  • @Shadow Thanks for the update!
    – grg
    Jun 4, 2016 at 17:54
  • @grgarside cheers, though credit goes to hichris123 who commented on similar answer I've made. (Then I searched and found this answer, which is better. :)) Jun 4, 2016 at 17:55

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