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Situation

The title of a user's flag history page is "Flagged Posts for $(name)", and its h1 heading reads "Flags for $(name)". enter image description here enter image description here

Problem with the title

The page lists comment flags too, so the original title "Flagged Posts for $(name)" is technically incorrect. (From @Laurel's comment.)

Problem with the heading

I think at first sight the heading may be understood by first-time visitors to the page as "Flags against $(name)", that is, the list of flags other users raised against the user's questions/answers. When they go through the list, they'll know that's obviously not what the page is for.

Suggestion

Why not say "Flags by $(name)" as both the title and the h1 heading? It seems a minor problem, but wouldn't it be clearer for users visiting the page for the first time?

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    The page also contains comment flags, so "Posts Flagged" is technically incorrect. Either way, "These are the flags that you have raised" makes it clear what follows. – Laurel Apr 6 at 16:36
  • @Laurel, Good point! I'm adding that to this question. Didn't know that because I never raised a comment flag myself... – Taegyung Apr 6 at 16:39
  • Where does it say 'Flagged posts for"? Your screenshot and the page when I look at it just says "Flags for". – Catija Apr 6 at 19:23
  • @Catija, I meant what the <title> tag says. Added another screenshot for that. – Taegyung – Taegyung Apr 7 at 0:21
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There are actually two pages that have the header "Flags for $name$" and that actually makes this even more confusing if you're a moderator - because the other page can only be viewed by the moderators on the site.

  1. A user's flag history - the flags they have raised and their status. /users/flag-summary/[userID]
  2. A user's flagged posts - the post flags raised against them and their status. (There's a separate page for comment flags) /users/flagged-posts/[userID]

So, you can imagine, this can be quite confusing. It could definitely be made more clear.

I think that for a user's flag history, we could use the headline "Flags raised by $user$" and for the flag history of their posts we could use "Flags raised on posts by $user$".


This has been changed (mostly) the way I recommended.

  • Flag history page (/users/flag-summary/[userID] reads "Flags raised by $user$":
    Browser tab that reads "Flags raised by $user$
  • Flagged post page (/users/flagged-posts/[userID]) reads "Flags on posts by $user$":
    Browser tab that reads "Flags on posts by $user$"

The former went in as recommended but the latter was shortened slightly. Since the latter page only shows flags on posts, we kept that information in the title so that moderators wouldn't be confused about why flagged comments don't appear there.

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    "Flags by $username" and "Flags on $username" would be shorter but equally clear. – Cody Gray Apr 7 at 9:42
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    Except that's not correct. The page doesn't include all flags, only post flags. :) – Catija May 17 at 15:51

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