In this case:

I flagged a post as spamming/offensive, but in the past 48 hours fewer than 5 users flagged it, so the flag expired.

Can I flag the question or answer again?

From the description of "flag expiration": Is there any way to remove Offensive flags?

"as offensive flags expire after 48 hours if the thresholds aren't reached."

  • How do you know that the flag expired? It's more likely that the flag was dismissed by a moderator. Can you check your flag weight to see what it says about that particular flag? Commented Jul 8, 2011 at 7:41
  • 1
    If you're asking Cody, you can see that it says valid/invalid, but I've never seen 'expired'. That said, it's never taken more than 24 hours for a mod to note my flag. So, Roy, I don't think you need to worry about a flag expiring...
    – M. Tibbits
    Commented Jul 8, 2011 at 7:48
  • @M.Tibbits: Right, I'm not implying that the flag history will ever say "expired". My suspicion is that the flag didn't actually expire, but rather that it was either dismissed as invalid by a moderator, or dismissed as valid but no action was taken. I asked the asker to check his flag weight and report back. Commented Jul 8, 2011 at 7:57
  • I believe that since his flag weight is below 100, (currently 95), then the flag must've been invalid. I've had a couple flags marked as valid(+10) where I believe the mod took no action as a result.
    – M. Tibbits
    Commented Jul 8, 2011 at 8:00
  • As of about 1 July 2011, "once a mod has attended to your previous flag, you may then flag a post again," according to Jarrod (a dev)
    – Pops
    Commented Jul 8, 2011 at 14:43

1 Answer 1


I don't see anything under the Faq about flags expiring. That said, for all practical purposes, they never do because we've got such good mods here. :O)

  • As it happens, I currently have two flags sitting in the queue, but they've both been there about an hour. If you click this flag-weight link or the link in your profile, which @Cody suggested, you'll be able to view the status of your flags (Note, of course, that this link is site specific.)
    – M. Tibbits
    Commented Jul 8, 2011 at 7:55
  • 1
    I've had flags sit for many hours at a stretch. Usually after doing a lot of "not an answer" flagging through search results, then I'll see a couple dozen get cleared out quickly by the same moderator, then the rest are left to sit. I have to assume it's because they can only take so much before they have to find a stiff drink.
    – McCannot
    Commented Jul 8, 2011 at 14:20

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .