I have flagged a post as "in need of moderator intervention" with detailed explanation, but then I realised that actually "very low quality" flag fits quite well, so I retracted my first one.
Unfortunately I was not aware that one cannot add description to "very low quality" flag and I think that detailed reason of flagging is in the case of this post essential.

I wanted then to restore my previous flag, but it's not possible anymore. I get this error message:

You have already flagged this post for moderator attention

Hence my question:
Are retracted flags still reviewed/processed by moderators?
If not, then what should I do? It looks like a bug to me.

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    Does this answer your question? Re-flagging an unflagged question Short answer is, leave a comment under the post and someone else should flag it.
    – Mark Kirby
    Jun 4 '20 at 15:51
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    Retracted flags are still viewable should a moderator view the post you flagged, but moderators cannot dismiss as "helpful" when retracted, and I believe they disappear from their list of flags to review. So... reviewed/processed? No, not really. The other bits of your question are answered by Mark's proposed duplicate, I think.
    – Spevacus
    Jun 4 '20 at 15:52
  • @MarkKirby not really, I am asking wether it would be still reviewed.
    – matvs
    Jun 4 '20 at 15:53
  • That is fair, it is an answer to half your question "If not, then what should I do?" but I see your point, I removed the flag.
    – Mark Kirby
    Jun 4 '20 at 15:56
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    You can only have one flag active on a post at a time. If you've retracted both the original custom mod-flag and the VLQ flag, then you should be able to raise a new custom mod-flag. You won't be able to raise a VLQ flag again, as you only get to do that once. You do get to raise additional custom mod-flags, even if you've previously raised one and retracted it, or had it handled by a moderator. I've raised a custom mod-flag, retracted it, then raised another on multiple occasions on multiple SE sites.
    – Makyen
    Jun 4 '20 at 18:51

Just tested this, once a flag is retracted it leaves the queue but is still visible if a mod visits that specific post:


In that case, I would leave the flag as VLQ and type your custom mod flag message in a comment saying that you couldn't custom mod flag again. If you don't flag it at all and other users don't, it is quite likely it won't be reviewed.

  • As long as a user doesn't have a flag active on the post, they can raise a new custom mod-flag, even if they've previously raised a custom mod-flag on that post, as long as that prior mod-flag has been resolved (i.e. retracted or handled by a mod). I've raised a new custom mod-flag on several occasions (e.g. I wanted to add additional information to the existing custom flag, so I retracted and raised a new one).
    – Makyen
    Jun 4 '20 at 19:17
  • @Makyen Why does the OP say: I wanted then to restore my previous flag, but it's not possible anymore.
    – user707129
    Jun 4 '20 at 20:35
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    I don't know. There's not enough information provided in the question. I suspect they hadn't retracted their VLQ flag, as that's the most likely reason they would be unable to raise a new flag (you can only raise one at a time). Once retracted, they won't be able to re-raise a VLQ flag, as you can only raise that flag once, as is the case for all flag types, except custom mod-flags (which you can raise multiple times, but only one at a time per post).
    – Makyen
    Jun 4 '20 at 20:40

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