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There is a lot of discussion around meta about how to raise a helpful flag and flags getting declined, but I wonder:

Who raised the largest number of helpful flags on Stack Overflow and Meta?

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    Related / duplicate (at least for the SO part): Is there any place to see a leaderboard of top “Helpful Flaggers”?
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Commented Aug 26, 2019 at 5:27
  • @Glorfindel yes and also true about meta and one more thing should I add more popular site or it will be too broad.
    – NickCoder
    Commented Aug 26, 2019 at 5:28
  • The answer there gives a procedure for getting the leaderboard yourself. There are only 64 Marshals here, it shouldn't be too much work.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Commented Aug 26, 2019 at 5:30
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    I've updated the top list for SO in this answer.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Commented Aug 27, 2019 at 12:16
  • I've read somewhere that one of the SO mods made a python script which found the obsolete comments by AI, and then flagged them. Probably he is the winner.
    – peterh
    Commented Dec 14, 2020 at 16:37
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    Can the close voters please state why they don't believe this question seeks input/discussion from the community (i.e. isn't a constructive question)? Commented Dec 14, 2020 at 21:39

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On here, the current leader would appear to be PeterJ with 3760 helpful flags. He even has more than the Smoke Detector spam bot. Peter is the only person with more than 3000 helpful flags so he's some way out in front.

To determine this, I simply went through the profiles of everyone who has the marshal badge.

Stack Overflow has 2.9K marshals so it would be rather more tedious to go through all their profiles. There's at least one person with tens of thousands of flags there because they've written a bot that comment flags on their behalf so they (or some other bot writer) are likely to be the winner there.

On Stack Overflow's Meta, there are 4 Marshals, so the winner is honk with 859 helpful flags.

The number of helpful flags used to be something that was kept secret, that changed when profiles were rewritten and the information was accidentally leaked. When someone pointed that out, they decided that it simply wasn't something that needed to be secret, so we can now see it on everyone's profiles, but as far as I know it's only there, so you'd need to scrape all profiles with Marshal on a site for any other site. Fortunately, they are all smaller than Stack Overflow.

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Here's a list with all users with at least 500 helpful flags on Meta Stack Exchange as of 2024-03-13. To update this list, follow the instructions here, and please do not bump this post too often. Flags are important but not that important, and it's not a competition.

  1. 6818 helpful flags: greg-449
  2. 6292 helpful flags: Glorfindel
  3. 4161 helpful flags: PeterJ
  4. 4067 helpful flags: honk
  5. 4041 helpful flags: SmokeDetector (Note: this is a bot.)
  6. 3312 helpful flags: rene
  7. 3099 helpful flags: Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog
  8. 2812 helpful flags: gnat
  9. 2804 helpful flags: Sebastian Simon
  10. 2408 helpful flags: iBug says Reinstate Monica
  11. 2264 helpful flags: Shadow Wizard Love Zelda
  12. 2146 helpful flags: πάντα ῥεῖ
  13. 1938 helpful flags: bummi
  14. 1906 helpful flags: John Dvorak
  15. 1836 helpful flags: 4b0
  16. 1540 helpful flags: Pang
  17. 1522 helpful flags: D.W.
  18. 1433 helpful flags: Journeyman Geek
  19. 1432 helpful flags: tripleee
  20. 1407 helpful flags: F1Krazy
  21. 1392 helpful flags: Fish Below the Ice
  22. 1353 helpful flags: starball
  23. 1321 helpful flags: Mithical
  24. 1276 helpful flags: Makyen
  25. 1270 helpful flags: Robert Longson
  26. 1268 helpful flags: cigien
  27. 1266 helpful flags: W.O.
  28. 1237 helpful flags: Thomas F
  29. 1224 helpful flags: Elements In Space
  30. 1207 helpful flags: PeterJames
  31. 1183 helpful flags: Mysticial
  32. 1165 helpful flags: Anne Daunted GoFundMonica
  33. 1162 helpful flags: Meta Andrew T.
  34. 1139 helpful flags: Robert Columbia
  35. 1117 helpful flags: V2Blast
  36. 1116 helpful flags: n8te
  37. 1099 helpful flags: Nij
  38. 1087 helpful flags: This_is_NOT_a_forum
  39. 1082 helpful flags: Spevacus
  40. 1033 helpful flags: M.A.R.
  41. 1025 helpful flags: Jamal
  42. 1022 helpful flags: Arulkumar
  43. 1020 helpful flags: CRABOLO
  44. 1010 helpful flags: PolyGeo
  45. 986 helpful flags: ale
  46. 981 helpful flags: hkotsubo
  47. 977 helpful flags: VLAZ
  48. 958 helpful flags: Luuklag
  49. 957 helpful flags: Mureinik
  50. 956 helpful flags: S.L. Barth is on codidact.com
  51. 954 helpful flags: Himanshu
  52. 934 helpful flags: Floern
  53. 922 helpful flags: JRN
  54. 898 helpful flags: ProgramFOX
  55. 883 helpful flags: Pika Supports Ukraine
  56. 875 helpful flags: francescalus
  57. 864 helpful flags: Chenmunka
  58. 858 helpful flags: The Amplitwist
  59. 851 helpful flags: hichris123
  60. 851 helpful flags: Bart
  61. 842 helpful flags: Martijn Pieters
  62. 832 helpful flags: philipxy
  63. 782 helpful flags: srank
  64. 778 helpful flags: Unihedron
  65. 763 helpful flags: John Omielan
  66. 756 helpful flags: apaderno
  67. 747 helpful flags: bad_coder
  68. 742 helpful flags: Aziz Shaikh
  69. 739 helpful flags: Rand al'Thor
  70. 718 helpful flags: toolic
  71. 715 helpful flags: Lucifer
  72. 710 helpful flags: cocomac
  73. 706 helpful flags: Laurel
  74. 699 helpful flags: DavidPostill
  75. 699 helpful flags: MattAllegro
  76. 694 helpful flags: Catija
  77. 694 helpful flags: Mad Scientist
  78. 693 helpful flags: Patrick Hofman
  79. 685 helpful flags: bobble
  80. 666 helpful flags: sempaiscuba
  81. 664 helpful flags: Nog Shine
  82. 661 helpful flags: Wrzlprmft
  83. 654 helpful flags: caird coinheringaahing
  84. 649 helpful flags: Mast
  85. 643 helpful flags: Turamarth
  86. 642 helpful flags: Big Brother
  87. 638 helpful flags: Jenayah
  88. 634 helpful flags: Cody Gray - on strike
  89. 625 helpful flags: K.Dᴀᴠɪs
  90. 622 helpful flags: user642796
  91. 614 helpful flags: نور
  92. 613 helpful flags: Suraj Rao
  93. 604 helpful flags: Christian Rau
  94. 602 helpful flags: Flexo
  95. 599 helpful flags: Tetsuya Yamamoto
  96. 588 helpful flags: Nick Stauner
  97. 582 helpful flags: Undo
  98. 572 helpful flags: James Risner
  99. 550 helpful flags: Rubiksmoose
  100. 546 helpful flags: jonsca
  101. 543 helpful flags: Ral Zarek
  102. 542 helpful flags: samcarter_is_at_topanswers.xyz
  103. 538 helpful flags: Azik
  104. 526 helpful flags: a cat
  105. 521 helpful flags: Andy
  106. 521 helpful flags: Cai
  107. 520 helpful flags: Nobody
  108. 517 helpful flags: JonathanDavidArndt
  109. 507 helpful flags: Antony
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