Since some flags are handled by non-moderators, they may be marked as "disputed" and effectively thrown away. I review a lot in Stack Overflow's Triage queue, so this happens to me with appalling frequency. (Disputed flags can appear outside of the Triage queue, of course, so I'm posting this in the network-wide meta.) I believe a lot of those flags are valid, so I go to re-flag, but then I get this:

"you have already raised this type of flag"

I know I can raise a custom flag, but that would get rather tedious, and I'd be afraid of forcing mods to read yet more text, and of getting the flags declined with a message about using the normal reasons.

I propose that disputed flags not block the re-flagging of the post. There should probably be a guarantee that the second flag be handled by a real mod. A note in the flag dialog about an existing disputed flag might be appropriate.

"Once a flag is cleared from the mod queue, the same post cannot be re-flagged" and "Allow users to flag questions more than once" are , saying that flags can be re-raised after being looked at by a moderator, and disputed flags never get looked at by mods, so this seems to be a separate request and not a .

  • A user with close-vote rights can also vote only once to close a question, even if the question doesn't get closed in the end. Why would that be different for flags? – Bart van Ingen Schenau Nov 27 '15 at 14:27
  • @BartvanIngenSchenau There's a highly-voted feature request to allow the re-casting of expired close votes. Even if that doesn't go through, it could make sense for 3K-ers to be able to flag (just like 15-ers) the question, risking a declined flag if they're wrong but getting a bad question closed if they're right. – Ben N Nov 27 '15 at 16:55
  • Recasting close votes has actually been completed for some time. cc @BartvanIngenSchenau – animuson Nov 27 '15 at 19:11

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