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Allow retracting flags from the API

For a project I'm working on, it'd be nice to be able to retract flags through the API. We allow people to retract flags from the web. Could this functionality be extended to the API? It could work ...
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Please give us an easy way to flag inappropriate ads

According to a comment on Workplace Meta, the ads experiment will be running for a while: @DavidK The experiment will last 6 months - so most of the this year. We're planning a recap at the end to ...
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Send custom flag responses to messages inbox

Long story short: since custom flag responses are messages to users like any other (answer, comment, suggested edit, chat message etc.), users should be notified about them!! A problem I have with ...
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When reviewing chat flags, please show two lines of context and underline the message timestamp

Not all communities and rooms are created equal. Some have higher standards than others. Thus, what can be considered offensive in one room may be very well acceptable in another. What makes them ...
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Mark all flags against a post as helpful, when the post author’s account is destroyed

A spammer made several posts on Computer Science. I went straight to destroy the account. The posts had both spam flags and custom flags. After destroying the account, at least the custom flags ...
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Give mods a “flag for followup” flag ability

In several cases, it's become apparent that a diamond mod has rushed to take action on a particular question, answer, or comment thread, because they were afraid of "losing track" of it if they didn't ...
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Self-deletion+undeletion clears NAA/VLQ flags

A user whose post was flagged as not-an-answer can remove all those flags by deleting his post and undeleting it right afterwards. This happens because those flags are (rightfully) cleared when the ...
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In question lists, don't show “modified by SomeAbusiveName” when a post is deleted as rude or spam

When a post is deleted as rude/abusive or spam, people who can see deleted posts don't see the content directly -- they have to click through a notice to see what lies beyond. If the post is a ...
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Is an option missing in the new off-topic reasons?

I really like the new option structure when flagging - I have in particular missed the "Minimal understanding" option. However, I think that one option is missing. If we look at this rambling ...
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Allow us to review on the spot

This post was inspired by a post on MSO from a moderator. Current we have to go to the review queue to handle a pending flag on a post (like NAA/VLQ). Sometimes you come along an active post which ...
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If I'm out of spam flags, tell me sooner

At the moment, suppose I see a post that I want to flag. The workflow is: Open the page. Click “flag”. Select the flag reason. Click the “flag question” button. Get feedback that I've used up my ...
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Add more grouping/sorting links to the moderator flag queue for “close” and “other” flags

In late 2011 some changes were made to the moderator queue that help us process flags more quickly. The main change was that a list of links for grouping flags by type was added to the sidebar. This ...
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Change “Your Answer” to “Your Answer to this Question”

Many new users use the "Answer" section to answer another answer. It seems they (reasonably) assume the Stack Exchange sites work the way many forums and Facebook work: a chronological sequence of ...
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Add ability to get flag status via API

As a companion to my other feature request regarding flag statuses, and a previous feature request for the same thing, I would like to request the ability to get a flag's status via the API. There ...
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Better tools to handle spam on low-traffic sites

On many Stack Exchange sites, particularly during the hours when Europe and America are asleep, spam can survive for hours. This gives a bad impression. What can we do to allow the community to ...
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Downvote + Delete (e.g. when checking flags)

When checking flags in the 10K tools, an answer with a negative score has a nice delete button next to it. If the answer is zero scored, I can cast a downvote to give it a negative score, which makes ...
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Bonus moderation flags for users who have an extremely helpful flag record for the day

It seems like a bit of a backtrack to limit users to only a certain number of moderation flags in the day. I understand why the limit is in place, so people can't "spam" moderators with useless flags (...
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Can we get a visual indication that there are spam or offensive posts in the flag queue?

I know you're doing a lot of work on heuristic spam prevention across the network but I wonder if you've got some time to quickly improve the manual side of things. Below is what I see when I arrive ...
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Reduce the threshold for comment deletion with flags

I have it on good authority that it takes six flags from ordinary users to delete a comment. This makes no sense; it only takes five community votes to close a question, and three to delete a post. ...
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Global flag history tab for moderator tools

In the moderator tools, there is a flag queue, and flags can be dismissed as valid/invalid. However, sometimes I want to review recent flags, whether I or another moderator acted upon it. I'm aware ...
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Vandalism flags should only be manually dismissed

We have this weird situation where a user is deleting their posts for the past couple of days. That's fine. Whenever a user goes on self-delete mode, the system flags one of the other posts with links ...
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End the edit grace period upon two or more spam/rude flags being raised

I am aware that a similar suggestion was made and rejected. The major criticism of that one was essentially this The only problem with this is it's unexpected - there's no visible trace on that ...
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“Possible vandalism: deletions” flag should not be triggered by Community auto-deletion

Currently, the system will raise a "possible vandalism: deletions" flag when a set number of posts by a user have been deleted in a short period. This also seems to take into account unvoted answers ...
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Can the moderator flag queue icon change color to red when there's a red flag in the queue?

"Red" flags (spam offensive) mark content that defaces and tarnishes the orderly presentation of the site and should be handled rapidly. However, there is currently no way to tell at a glance that ...
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When flagging a post or comment, provide a freeform text entry field for all reasons, not just “other”

I'm an elected diamond moderator on one site, and a user of several others. I think it would be extremely helpful for our flagging process if users had the option to enter freeform text explaining ...
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Only show unhelpful flags when clicking unhelpful flag count

On user accounts, there is a total count of a user's flags in the following format [total flag count] ([unhelpful flag count]) Both the total flag count and unhelpful flag counts link to /users/...
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Discrepancy in flag number in chat

Well, which is it? One flag or no flags? I do have the all tab selected, so that's not the problem. The flag circle in chat itself is unaffected, only the flags tab and the top bar of chat.SE/MSO/SO ...
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Spam-Flag Wave seemed to crash chat

At about 19:35 UTC on January 10, 2017, a very large number of chat flags were sent from the Russian StackOverflow chatroom to every 10k user on the network. Shortly afterwards, chat began to lag ...
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Provide more information for vandalism flags

The current vandalism flag contains a list containing a sampling of posts relating to the flag In order to make it easier to determine how much vandalism is going on, I would suggest the following ...
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Make flag history available to moderators for chat rooms on their sites

On main/meta sites, moderators can see the history of all flags and how they were handled. The interface isn't pretty, but it exists. We can also see flags raised by and against individual users, ...
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Raising a moderator attention flag in addition to a spam/offensive flag

If I flag a post as offensive or spam, the UI tells me that I can raise an other (needs ♦ moderator attention) flag. I can type a message: But after submitting the flag, I get a pop-up telling me ...
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Show declined flags in inbox

I propose that moderator flags which are declined should show up in the global inbox, as a way to more clearly and reliably educate the user on why their flags are declined, thus improving the quality ...
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Give 10k users the ability to see the total count of flags they've handled

I didn't find this neither by searching, nor among the suggestions when I was posting, so I think there are not duplicates. If I missed them, point me to them. I'm a 10K user on EL&U, and now and ...
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How should moderators handle a custom flag to re-open a question?

As a moderator I occasionally encounter a custom flag "in need of moderator intervention" with a request to re-open a closed question. I am generally reluctant to unilaterally override the decision of ...
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Make “who flagged this” data available to moderators for chat offensive flags

This has been done before, but never got a response. I'm bringing it up again (rather than simply reusing the last post which is effectively dead now) for a number of reasons, including that lack of ...
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Make it easier for moderators to see flag responses

Moderators can see all the flag-handling for a site. What we get is the post link, the flag, and whether it was accepted or declined. For example: (I've clipped out the identifying information here....
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Split up the “not an answer” flag reason

I think it would make sense to split up the flag "This is not an answer" into three flag choices: This should be a comment This should be an edit This should be a new question If we had that, it ...
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Checking if your comment flags have been acted upon?

Even though comment flags don't count towards your flag weight, I think it would be nice to add them into your flagging history so we can still see if they were acted upon or not. Could the flagging ...
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How can you flag a commitment comment as offensive?

I was wondering if there was a way to flag a Commitment Comment that someone leaves.
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Comment-flag options have gotten much more compact; could we have a little more breathing room?

Flagging a comment produces the following initial interface (multiple sites, and confirmed with other users): Before today the options weren't quite so cozy; a couple times I've had to take more than ...
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Please add summary list for flags against a user, like on other flag views

The user page includes link to a summary of flags raised and what happened to them, like this: The links in the summary make it easier to find or review particular flags or groups -- very helpful! ...
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10K users should not see chat flags

As it currently stands, all users with more than 10K reputation can see flags on chat. This, however, might not be constructive. Whenever a swarm of flags (or, really, any single flag) comes up, all ...
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Is it bad that I have so many disputed flags?

On one site (Stack Overflow), I have 211 disputed flags and 333 helpful flags. That is, I have more than half as many disputed flags as helpful flags. 38% of my non-pending, non-aged-away post flags ...
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Menu to show daily progress towards vote / flag limits

I want to track how many of what (regular votes, comment votes, close votes, delete votes, flags, etc... excluding review actions) I have left throughout the day. I find I often will run out of one of ...
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Let's meet spam waves with flag waves!

I've been helping in the Great Ask Ubuntu Spam War recently, and one thing I've noticed is that 10-20 flags usually isn't enough during a wave. It feels, quite frankly, terrible to have to sit out ...
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Enable the VLQ flag option on upvoted posts for users with good flagging history

On posts with a positive score, the very low quality flag option isn't enabled. This is great for many instances - if a post is +7, it's most likely high quality. We don't want unexperienced users ...
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Dismissal of spam and offensive flags (the moderator's perspective)

There's a post that has a spam or offensive flag. These flags are pretty serious, since if they're validated by the community or by a moderator, they carry a -100 penalty to the poster's reputation. ...
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Can we make it easier for moderators to notice chat flags when looking at a user's site profile?

A couple years ago SE implemented a user dashboard for moderators, making it much easier to see at a glance a bunch of relevant information, including recent flags raised against the user. This ...
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Inconsistencies in flag terminology

Recently, the terminology for flagging a post has changed from "it's offensive, abusive or hate speech" to "inappropriate". However, the flagging history in the profile page still shows "N posts ...
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In flag view, could we have easy access to resolution of previous flags?

If a post is flagged then I, as a moderator, see all the flags it's received, not just the current one, when viewing it from the flag queue. That's very handy for understanding the history of a post. ...