I was going through my old posts on HSM Meta and found this one where I was informed about a user getting a Citizen Patrol badge without them even having the minimum requirement of 15 reputation for flagging a post.

The moderator's reply to my query was:

"Under certain circumstances a new user is able to flag posts with less than the required 15 reputation. In this instance the user in question did indeed submit a flag. You can even see from their profile that they have 1 helpful flag. (The flag wasn't yet handled when this question was posted but has since been dealt with.)".

My question is: Under what circumstances can a user flag a post when they don't have at least 15 reputation?

I tried finding a duplicate post here on MSE. Such information may help a lot of new users who want to contribute constructively in their initial days at SE.


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Note that the latter can be a reason for the "1 helpful flag" but not for the Citizen Patrol badge since it requires you to flag a post, not a comment (and it doesn't even need to be helpful).

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