So, I'm now (for some weeks) a user with more than 10k reputation (on Stack Overflow). I can access the moderation tools, one of them is the flagged posts page. This lists some of the flags on posts (questions and answers) which were not yet handled by a moderator, as I understand.
In the time since I had the right, I often looked through this list, and reflagged some of the flagged posts. This rapidly raised my flag weight from 150 to 500 (I got the deputy badge yesterday) ... but I'm not sure this really helped the work of the diamond moderators.
So, which of my possible actions really do help the moderators?
If I see an answer flagged not an answer, it often is something that either should be a comment or an edit to the question. I then (after looking at the question page) flag it again, and some time later a moderator has to press the right buttons to convert it - i.e. the same actions he/she would have to do without my flag. Does my reflag really help here (apart from raising my flag weight)?
If I see a question flagged as duplicate, not a real question or off topic, I check the question (and maybe the linked duplicate), and if the flag is right, I vote to close with the right reason. I can see that this would be useful, if enough people are doing this to close/migrate the question without moderator intervention.
I often see very low quality flags (both for questions and answers). What am I (or moderators, really) supposed to do here? Vote to close/delete? Edit it to make it better quality? (Then it would be useful to have a filtered view of these, just for my tags.) Simply downvote (maybe with a comment, if there is not already one)?
Sometimes there are flags where I think they are not justified, and then I flag invalid flag. What is the effect on this (other than raising my flag weight when I'm right or lowering it when I'm wrong)? As I understand, a moderator still has to review it (at least, the message Thanks, we will take a look at it seems to indicate this).
Sometimes I see possible vandalism of own posts - someone deleted his own posts, and the system autogenerated a flag here. Is there something useful I could do here, as a non-moderator? Vote to undelete if there is something useful? Vote as invalid, if it is nothing useful? Does my vote/flag here actually help the moderators?
Sometimes there are duplicate posts - usually the same user answering two similar questions with exactly the same text. Where I understand the topic, this is most often a valid answer for both questions. Should I mark this as invalid flag? Does this actually help? (Once I found someone just posting a link to a blog entry to several related questions, then I flagged as spam.)
There are some related questions, but those did not really help me here:
- What should 10k users do with flagged answers?
- How and when should we use the “invalid flag” flag?
- “Invalid flag” flag in 10k tools creates potential for flag state superposition
- What am I meant to do with flag review
- How to best handle the “Possible vandalism of own posts” flag?
- Is there a “how to” for the 10K moderator tools? (I did not view the video yet, though)