Let's say I see an answer that should not have been one and I flag it as Not An Answer (NAA). On this site I have plenty of reputation and am able to use the Low Quality (LQ) review queue and cast delete recommendation votes.

Of course raising such a flag on a still virgin post brings it to the LQ review queue, but what happens if I flag a post on the main site that is already in the respective review queue?

Is my flag simply useless in that case? I doubt it would be the same as casting a delete (recommendation) vote from the queue. And when I somehow manage to find that specific post in the review queue later, it's locked down for me, because I have already cast a flag. So was that flag without any effect?

Based on how I currently guess the system works, I proposed two alternative solutions to improve the system in my feature request here. They were first part of this question, but I decided to split the question from the feature requests.

  • I think you can get to the review task from the new timeline, though I haven't tried that yet. – Jeffrey Bosboom Mar 22 '16 at 10:40
  • @JeffreyBosboom What new timeline? I don't get what you want to describe... – Byte Commander Mar 22 '16 at 10:48
  • Here's the timeline for this very question, though there are no review tasks in it, of course. There've been a few questions on this meta about feature requests, one specifically about review visibility (which seems to be about removing access to unfinished tasks, so maybe go argue against if you feel strongly). – Jeffrey Bosboom Mar 22 '16 at 10:53
  • @JeffreyBosboom Can I somehow access a post's timeline through a link, or do I really have to enter the URL manually? – Byte Commander Mar 22 '16 at 10:56
  • I have a userscript I found on Stack Apps; otherwise it's manual. – Jeffrey Bosboom Mar 22 '16 at 10:58
  • I would suggest clarifying and separating out your two mutually exclusive suggestions, perhaps as self-answers; the main focus here for some reason seems to be asking what purpose the current setup has for extra flags (not much except making it harder to remove the post from review without deleting/closing it), rather than the point that this should be changed. – Nathan Tuggy Mar 23 '16 at 2:16
  • @NathanTuggy I split my question, now the feature requests are outsourced here – Byte Commander Mar 23 '16 at 7:57

Each VLQ/NAA flag raised on a post adds one more Looks OK review required before the post can be dequeued that way. (If the post was auto-flagged into the queue, the first manual flag overlaps with it and doesn't have any further effect.)

Other than that, and the effect on helpful/declined flags, there is no other effect of flagging a post that's already in the queue. But preventing careless or hasty reviewers from removing a post before more cautious reviewers can finish handling it is sometimes valuable.

  • Do you have a source for that? (I guess you are right, but nevertheless...) – Patrick Hofman Mar 23 '16 at 8:03
  • Thanks, that matches the pieces of information I already managed to collect myself... But could you please cite some official sources to proof your answer? – Byte Commander Mar 23 '16 at 8:04
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    @PatrickHofman: Now I do. (I shouldn't have posted so late at night but oh well.) – Nathan Tuggy Mar 23 '16 at 8:07
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    @ByteCommander: Done, although I'd recommend waiting to accept next time. – Nathan Tuggy Mar 23 '16 at 8:07

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