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I misread the content of a comment, and flagged it. Then I realized that the comment wasn't what I had initially thought. Would it be possible to have the ability to retract comment flags, just like we have the ability to retract flags on questions and answers?

I'm aware of this question from four years ago. But the answer there is just that it's not possible. At the time it was not possible to retract any flags. It is now, but not for comments.

This is a separate which requests that it may become possible to retract comment flags.

If I've realized a flag was a mistake, I think it's unnecessary to keep it in the queue of content the moderators have to look at. Also, it would add an unnecessary "rejected" to the flaggers statistics. Sure, people should think before they flag. But everyone makes mistakes sometimes.

  • "This does not work for comments as the issue of mis-flagging mainly happens on Questions & Answers" did you even read that answer? – Stephen Leppik Sep 27 '16 at 0:14
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    @SomePerson Yes, I did read that answer. In this post I've explained that I've occasionally mis-flagged comments. I agree that it's probably less common. But since it does happen, the feature would be useful. – Revetahw Sep 27 '16 at 0:16
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    I'm adding status-deferred to this and have written it up internally to see if we can get this implemented. – Taryn Sep 8 '17 at 14:25
  • Something that may help: Adding a pop-up box saying "Are you sure you want to flag this comment as such-and-such?". This may cause people to check just once more before flagging. – hat Dec 19 '17 at 8:49
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    @Jǝssǝ That won't help, except for the first times. Eventually it will become a reflex to click "yes". – user202729 Jul 12 '18 at 6:30
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    @Taryn any chances this will be considered or done soon? – DarkCygnus Jul 24 '18 at 23:04
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    @Taryn - If you're in a position to re-raise this, it'd be great. Same rationale as retracting post flags (more here). Example: I flag a comment unfriendly/unkind, original author also realizes it comes off wrong and fixes it, and I see it's fixed. No need to waste moderator time, I should be able to cancel my flag. – T.J. Crowder Dec 12 '18 at 15:26
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When you try to raise another flag, after your flag has been declined by a moderator, there will be a warning that reads:

Your last flag was declined - please review (a link for flags for username) it before flagging this post!

It happened to me more than a few times and no big deal. There is no negative effect on your reputation and you won't be suspended for flagging an appropriate comment unless you do it for a hobby.

I understand why you are raising this issue, but please be careful when you are flagging. If you are not sure, you don't have to flag it. Let others take care of it. Also, comments are not the important part of Stack Exchange format and they are not designed to last long anyway.

If SE accepts your feature request, I would not object to it strongly, but what if users start to overuse or abuse flagging comments and cancelling them? I think cost outweighs benefit here.

Also, you need to note that questions could be edited for your retraction of a flag, but comments can't be edited after 5 minutes of posting.

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    "what if users start to overuse or abuse flagging comments and cancelling them? I think cost outweighs benefit here." ...What cost? And if there is (which I doubt) a problem with cancelling and reflagging simply limit it to only allow 1 reflag. – Cai Sep 27 '16 at 7:20
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    Ok, the cost of implementing the feature makes more sense (I though you meant the cost of using the feature), I don't see the any issue with abuse/overuse though – Cai Sep 27 '16 at 7:45
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    e.g. cost of excessive database calls or maintenance – Cai Sep 27 '16 at 8:01

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