I had ~20 flags declined, and I do not know why. In addition, I posted to the "Ask a SU mod" chatroom why and did not hear back (hence me posting here).
Why were these flags declined?
EDIT: As a response to Diago's answer (now gone, not sure why) I would say a few things:
- I appreciate the fact that you don't want to deal with a lot of flags all at once, and in some small sense, I am sorry for that.
- That is NOT however, a reason to just mark the flags as invalid. I do not exactly know how mods deal with flags, but I believe that it is possible to not review the flags in order. As mentioned by someone (I think @Breakthrough) if you don't have time/patience to review the flags, then don't, but that is a terrible reason to mark them as invalid.
- To echo @Daniel Beck and I believe others (Breakthrough as well?) I acted with the best of intentions (as evidenced to some extent by my 700+ flag weight before this), in accordance with many meta posts, and made it clear, in act (this was not the first time I flagged so many things) and in word (I made a post asking for more flags) that this is what I was going to do to a greater or lesser extent.
- Finally, to quote someone else (don't remember who, apologies) it is not possible to spam flags. I don't think that the issue is that the flags were bad. I think (and I think that most people agree with me) that a valid flag should get marked as such no matter how many there are in the queue.
In response to Nhinkle: (Sorry, its way to long to fit into comments)
- First, thank you for your thoughtful response.
- Second, one of the things that bothered me most about this whole thing was the amount of time it took to get this kind of well thought out response.
- Third, I understand moderators make mistakes, and generally speaking, they are not that big a deal (i.e. the fat finger error mentioned by Daniel Beck).
- However what annoyed me most about this was the combination of
- scale (it was applied to 22 flags I think)
- the lack of care (it seemed in his answer that it was just an "its filling up the queue so I'll get rid of it cause I don't want to deal with it" (not hard quote obviously) type of thing)
- the seeming lack of knowledge of the meta posts / mod comments etc that made me do what I did (quoted superbly by Daniel Beck)
- but most importantly, a total disregard for what the "root cause" of this was. I would normally assume that
- rejecting 22 flags in a row from a single user is extremely atypical and that
- doing this to a user that has a flag weight of 700+ is even more exceptional.
- I would hope, that if something that "off" for lack of a better word were to happen, there would be more patience, and not just a "I can't get to chat right now cause I'm at work, so without being able to know what was going on, I'll effectively nullify what amounts to around 250 good flags.
- I do not mean to suggest that he was deliberately out to do this.
- I do mean to suggest that when mods are taking such "large" actions they should be more careful / thoughtful.
- As semi-summary, when a mod makes a careless mistake and acknowledges it upfront, I don't have an issue. When its broad, with (at least to the user) high impact, repeated, and not really acknowledged (by the mod in question) I expect better.
I do wish that there is a way to restore my flag weight. I understand that it has little to no relevance for mods as to whether or not my flag gets seen but it matters quite a bit to me. It is a representation of the time that I have spent cleaning up the community, and that means something to me I guess, in the same way the rep does. The fact that it does not confer extra privileges is of no concern to me.