I've been happily comment-flagging away on the sites with what I thought was a good understanding of the comment flag system.
There are some posts on non-constructive flags, but none that I can see that cover this particular issue:
As a mod who regularly handles flags, I don't like seeing "gee thanks" being flagged as Not Constructive. Flag it as "too chatty" and a mod will get it. But I'm a bit stuck on process, and an improper NC flag will make me decline the flag and then flag it properly.
This got me concerned about having declined flags. The SO mod continues to reveal:
"not constructive" has a strongly negative connotation and the system looks at it that way too.
The mod's attitude is:
A declined flag is not a punishment. However, the system brings posts with NC flags to our attention, and when you flag a "gee thanks" as NC, you create noise and redundant work for us.
As most of us are not familiar with the mod dashboard, it would be good to have some insight into this. There needs to be consistency between the mods' experiences and the general users' perception of the site tools and how to use them.
My reply in chat was:
@AaronHall what your telling some of us is news. I think there needs to be a featured meta post on that. As far as I'm concerned as an active user on the site. If my NC flags start to be declined I wouldn't be happy. It's like we're punished for doing what we think is the right thing and that really is not the way to approach it as a mod. I think you need to educate the community first.
So the questions are these:
Does the 'not constructive' flag have a strongly negative connotation within the system?
If so, can we have more detailed clarity on its use?
Can we have some mods' perspectives on this?
This is related Drop "not constructive", combine "noisy", reword "rude" and "other" comment flags but not a duplicate, as this discusses it's use, the other discusses all the comment flags and is a feature request.