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I could have sworn that somewhere in my reputation I saw "6 helpful flags"... That means that six of the flags you have raised so far were deemed helpful to moderators. You don't flag things as helpful yourself, you flag things that need moderator's attention. The helpful/unhelpful designation is how moderators give you feedback on the quality of your ...


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It is dead. We don't need (to see) flag weight! From Waffles @ https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/119714/143601: We now only show the number of helpful flags on your profile page (visible only to you) ... this number only ever increases. Flag weight on the other hand, is gone ... it is dead. It seems that Deputy has also been changed to 80 ...


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If you found questions something like Spam, Duplicate, off topic, not constructive, not a real question, etc you can flag it. If you found answers like Spam, not an answer, etc you can flag it. If you found comments like rude or offensive, not constructive / off-topic, obsolete, too chatty, etc you can flag it Moderators and reviewers will look at the ...


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I fully support this request. If you don't mind hammer the SEDE database you can use this query that I forked from the original post. select top 100 sum(isnull(p.viewcount,0)) as reached , rp.owneruserid as [User Link] from posts p inner join ( Select Id, OwnerUserId From Posts Where PostTypeId = 1 and owneruserid is not null ...


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You've flagged this same question four times now. The last time you flagged it, I wrote, Declined: As a completed feature-request, it's part of the history of the evolution of SO's election system Note that your question doesn't stand alone - it's referenced in this question asking that the Yearling requirement be added back. It's hardly implausible that ...


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In addition to leaving "mental notes" as a couple folks mentioned in comments, some sites also use mod flags to talk about a specific question. Plus, if there are multiple flags on the same question, your only option is to either mark them all as helpful or as declined, even if some of the flags are by the mod themselves. That said, if someone really wants ...


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Flag weight is dead. Long live flag weight: Fine, I removed flag weight. It is gone. Instead you now see a count of helpful flags you raised on your user profile. You can not see this number on anybody else's profile, just yours. This number can be clicked to give you a breakdown of how we counted it. The 2 badges Deputy and Marshal ...


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Helpful flag simple meaning would be, Flag was helpful to keep the site clean. After earning 15 or more Reputation, You get a link of "flag", which is for Moderator attention to check for the correct actions. In the beginning you get "10 inform moderator flags". After getting the flag intimation from a user, Moderator do research work for a particular ...


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Your flag was a recommend closure flag. Moderators do not see these- they go to the Close Votes queue. They get dismissed as helpful once the first person agrees with you and votes to close the question. Review then continues from that point with a close vote on the question instead of a flag. There are currently four close votes on that question, and ...


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You can't. The "helpful flags" counter in your profile refers to the number of flags you issued that were deemed helpful, either by a moderator or by an event that occurred, like post deletion. If you click on it, you'll get an overview of the flags you've cast, and their outcome. Flagging things is for bringing them to the attention of a moderator. Posts ...


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No. They're different mechanisms and much of the discussion about flag weight won't apply to a simple helpful flag counter. Retag what makes sense and close/delete/comment/etc. on the rest.


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On here, the current leader would appear to be PeterJ with 3760 helpful flags. He even has more than the Smoke Detector spam bot. Peter is the only person with more than 3000 helpful flags so he's some way out in front. To determine this, I simply went through the profiles of everyone who has the marshal badge. Stack Overflow has 2.9K marshals so it would ...


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The link should appear as soon as you have at least one flag marked as helpful. It does not appear if you only have declined and/or pending flags. You can visit the link manually (this link is specific to you) if you're curious about pending flags, etc. You can figure out your flag summary link by editing the URL to insert your user ID: https://meta....


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Flagging is for flagging negatives - the tooltip even says "flag this post for serious problems or moderator attention". It was never intended for positives - that's what upvotes are for. Update, now that you explained in comments where you have seen "helpful" and "flags" together: Moderators and high reputation users will see flags and if they agree with ...


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That question was status-completed, it will not be removed even if you want it to. Why wouldn't it be removed? Because it was a completed feature, it serves as a signpost, and as history and followup for everyone, including devs. Even though it was downvoted, people put their time and effort into writing useful answers and suggestions. Was the response ...


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Not sure on the official reason, but being able to see others' helpful flags could influence some users in their opinion of a user. Affecting their decision towards answering a user's question or not, or influencing how they vote up/down that user's answer/question. Which is unfair, as the community moderating aspect of the site is voluntary, and a user ...


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Here's a list with all users with at least 500 helpful flags on Meta Stack Exchange as of 2020-02-17. To update this list, follow the instructions here, and please do not bump this post too often. Flags are important but not that important, and it's not a competition. PeterJ, 3839 helpful flags greg-449, 3047 helpful flags rene, 2321 helpful flags gnat, ...


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Despite the fact that flag weight was declared dead 18 months ago, it was secretly hiding, deciding whether or not moderators saw your flag, and how quickly. As a side-effect (or maybe it was intentional), it resulted in the hell-banning of poor flaggers, and made it difficult for them to recover as their flags were buried and were never seen. Because of ...


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Well there is still a "penalty" for flagging incorrectly: I know what you are wondering.... what if people start abusing this now that they can just flag stuff randomly without getting punished with a bullet at the back of their head. Well it will work just the same way as the editing badges do, we use other queries to find abuse and deal with it ...


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Yes they do. While can't find any official documentation for this, I can prove it with the help of Yannis who was kind enough to give screenshot of his flag history at http://workplace.stackexchange.com: (source) And as you can see here, the badge is all his:


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If you found questions something like Spam, Duplicate, off topic, not constructive, not a real question, etc you can flag it. If you found answers like Spam, not an answer, etc you can flag it. If you found comments like rude or offensive, not constructive / off-topic, obsolete, too chatty, etc you can flag it Moderators and reviewers will look at the ...


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(Converting my comments into an answer) In my opinion, what OP thinks a question should be tagged with is not really relevant. Sure, they are asking the question, so they can (and should) already set up a good selection of tags to make sure their question is categorized properly and gets the correct attention. But in general, we can’t expect posters to know ...


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The posts that you flagged as Not an Answer end up in the 10K flag queue where they're reviewed by various members of the site trusted with that privilege. Spam flags are given top priority in the moderator queue, as it is often immediately detrimental to the site. On the other hand, the Moderator Attention / Other flags are handled by moderators after more ...


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This has nothing to do with the meta site. Close flags are excluded from the count shown on the election page, as they aren't actually reviewed by moderators anymore - unlike the other flag types, they always go straight to the Close Review queue and skip the mod queue entirely. Including details on the accuracy of close flags would be interesting, but ...


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I have a concern about flag streaks that makes me feel like they're probably not in the best interest of encouraging users to flag whenever they feel like it's warranted. While we definitely want to discourage random flagging or flagging that isn't thoroughly thought through, we also want to encourage users to flag things they feel need it. If we ...


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I suspect it's “we didn't design the system with this corner case in mind”. But it's inconsistent with suggested edits where you can't review your own. I guess it's because when you review a suggested edit, you're reviewing one specific user's action, whereas with close flag, you aren't directly handling a close flag, you're handling an item on a queue where ...


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Status-NoRepro for me. When I go to my profile page it shows N amount of helpful flags. When I click on that, it shows n amount of helpful flags under moderator attention flags. Then below that it shows n amount of deemed helpful flags under comment flags. Those two n's added together gives me the N amount of helpful flags. Also, on each one of my auto-...


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Your "recommend close" flags weren't being tallied in the badge code - this has been fixed and will be rolled out shortly.


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From my experience (don't have the reference): It is because they were flags on comments. The only flags shown are on questions/answers. I think it is kind of a bug. Update: You do not have the 'Citizen Patrol' badge which is given for first post flag, so it makes sense they were flags to comments. Also, I just found a reference: https://meta....


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