After a user upvotes a comment, the option to flag as noise/offensive/spam disappears, while the up arrow icon "sticks" permanently. This has caused minor grumbling but is generally accepted as by design and not a big problem.

I just flagged a comment as noise for the first time. Afterwards, I moused over the comment and saw that the flag icon disappeared, which is slightly different behavior, but not a problem. However, the upvote arrow was still there. I clicked on it just to see if it was active, and my upvote was recorded.

The upvote option should really be disabled after a comment is flagged, both for the reason that flagging is disabled after upvoting and for consistency.

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    This is not the case. I recently flagged a comment and I do not see the upvote arrow on mouseover. Please feel free to try it with this comment.
    – Welbog
    Jun 24, 2010 at 19:54
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    @The, you just got both from me. Jun 24, 2010 at 19:55
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    This must be a recent bug, because I remember clearly that both icons would disappear when I flagged a comment.
    – mmyers
    Jun 24, 2010 at 20:06
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    While these are different questions, linking this related question which brings up that upvoting a comment overrides a comment flag.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Jan 13, 2011 at 15:01
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    Note that the whole basis for this request is invalid, as it's now possible to flag a comment after upvoting it. @GraceNote What's the current rationale for keeping it as it is? Aug 6, 2018 at 17:51

2 Answers 2


This is a bug.

If you flag a comment and refresh the page, the controls to upvote that comment are removed. However, if you don't refresh the page, the controls remain, and as long as you wait the 5 seconds before you're allowed to vote again, the upvote goes through.


This appears to have been fixed sometime in the intervening years.

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