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I've flagged a comment to one of my answers and then deleted the answer. Then I went to my flagging summary and was surprised to see that my flag has been marked as helpful. Went back to the post and seen that the comment was still here.

Ok. To check my assumptions, I've flagged the comment again, and then undeleted-deleted the answer. The flag has been marked as helpful again.

Is it intentional though? I did flag the comment because it contained sensitive information, and I did want it to be removed, regardless of whether my answer is deleted or not.

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    And the downvote is here because?.. Do you find this behavior expected? – nicael Jun 19 '16 at 9:29
  • Haven't voted yet. I think deleting a post did mark flags as helpful, and that was expected. Imagine some new user on SO being angry at your profile pic so when you commented under their NAA they started to insult you. Then when the answer gets deleted, your comment flags shouldn't remain on the air, should they? – Marshmallow Jun 19 '16 at 9:32
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    @TIPS That's a good example, but probably it shouldn't be the case with the custom flags (flagged with "custom")? – nicael Jun 19 '16 at 9:36
  • Mhm maybe. If I understand correctly, custom flags on removed posts remain intact. – Marshmallow Jun 19 '16 at 9:38
  • @TIPS But I've flagged with "custom" in the both cases. – nicael Jun 19 '16 at 9:38
  • You mean a custom-flag on the post also was marked as helpful? – Marshmallow Jun 19 '16 at 9:40
  • @TIPS On the comment, not the post. – nicael Jun 19 '16 at 9:41
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    @Pandya Thanks, couldn't pick a better title :) – nicael Jun 19 '16 at 10:05
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    I see the potential for an easy Marshal badge ... – zondo Jul 8 '16 at 2:32
  • I'm fairly certain this is status-bydesign. – ale Jul 8 '16 at 13:13
  • A related fact I learned the other day: comments on deleted posts can still be flagged (which surprised me). – Rand al'Thor Jul 8 '16 at 13:19
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    This is a security breach! Someone could do that over and over and unrightfully earn a million helpful flags (And unrightfully have 100 flags per day.) In my opinion, the flag should not be automatically marked as anything (neither helpful nor declined.) This should definitely be fixed as soon as possible. – John Militer Jul 8 '16 at 22:59
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    @John Nice point, and also it wouldn't be bad to have it as an answer. – nicael Jul 9 '16 at 11:04
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This is a way someone could use to easily game the system. Someone could do that over and over and unrightfully earn a million helpful flags (And unrightfully have 100 flags per day and flagging-badges.) In my opinion, the flag should not be automatically marked as anything (neither helpful nor declined.) This should definitely be fixed as soon as possible.

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    Self-deletes are quite rigidly rate-limited and observed. – quid Jul 9 '16 at 13:56
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    @quid Self-deletes are rate-limited when it comes to actually deleting the post (and not undeleting later that day). Deleting&undeleting the post is not rate-limited. – nicael Jul 9 '16 at 16:04
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    @nicael I was not aware of this. I take back my remark. – quid Jul 9 '16 at 16:09

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