I was looking in my profile, and I saw the 'Helpful Flag' thing with a number beside of it. I know it's not the number of upvoted questions or answers, because my number for both of these are higher. Are these the number of upvotes on comments that I have recieved?

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When you see a question or answer, you may notice a row of buttons under the answer/questions content. Most commonly you see Edit and Flag

When you press flag, it gives you some options for why the question or answer requires a moderators attention. You choose one, and submit.

If your flag is valid and there was a problem, a moderator will mark it as Helpful. If not, it will be declined. Your profile contains the total number of helpful flags (only visible to you and mods). Clicking the number will show you everything you flagged, along with some stats on how many were helpful, or not.

  • I have only ever used the flag button once, though, and when I click on the number I only see the one time I actually used it
    – cutrightjm
    Commented Apr 4, 2012 at 4:18
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    @ekaj If that number in your profile is 0 or 1, it's consistent with your flags. Flags haven't always been categorized this way (so even a useful flag that was acted on might not be marked helpful), and moderators can decide to decline your flag if it's not helpful.
    – Daniel Beck Mod
    Commented Apr 4, 2012 at 5:47
  • @ekaj seems you've flagged few comments
    – Sathyajith Bhat Mod
    Commented Apr 4, 2012 at 8:39
  • @DanielBeck I have 13 "Helpful Flags" and I have only ever flagged one question.
    – cutrightjm
    Commented Apr 5, 2012 at 0:09
  • @ekaj Sathya also just indicated that you had flagged a few comments. Look to the right side of the flag summary page, it should show some stats there Commented Apr 5, 2012 at 0:48

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