Background, elaborating on my answer here:
There are 3 queues of flags:
- Comment Flags
- Moderator Flags (where you type in the little message)
- Spam/Offensive (That 10K Users can see)
Moderator Flags These flags have your name attached to them, let you write a message, and are the only ones to set off the mod-signal (the red box in the toolbar)
Comment Flags These flags do not show who flags an item. It shows the # of flags a comment has, its up-vote score, the question thread, comment, author, and built-in links to clear flags and delete comment. (Personally, I never delete a comment without visiting the thread to review all comments)
Spam/Offensive I won't bother describing this in detail since most of you have 10K rep on some site, but the only difference for a mod is we can clear the flags on an item.
Now, on Meta, we get a lot of flags on comments that make absolutely no sense to me. It's obvious there's nothing offensive about the comment. Usually the comment is disagreeing with someone. My assumption (which I never act on because it's unverified) is that whoever is being disagreed with is flagging the comment.
Frankly, I consider this to be abusing the system and even-moreso bloody annoying. Having to sort through a bunch of comment threads to see if something is worse than it appears in the actual comment takes time. If someone continually flagged items with write-ins on obviously-fine items, I would tell them to stop.
My question is - should Moderators be able to see who flags comments?
I can understand you may be concerned that, by knowing who is flagging the item, we would take sides with or against that person. I don't have a magic potion that would prevent that, just my track record and honesty. As Bill said:
I think we're all mature enough to not try and get retribution against someone for flagging it. We were all chosen as moderators (many of us by community vote) at least in part for this reason.
I think with the ability, we'd be able to sort out troublemakers quickly/more efficiently, and (hopefully) show users that we expect them to be more mature and not go flagging everyone who disagrees with them. I expect it would also reduce the time it takes to wade through comment threads by seeing if it's just A & B butting heads again.
This is just my take on it, from Meta. I'm curious to see what the SO mods think.
A recent reason for showing mods who flagged a comment: