The last handled flag on my profile is from 21 February. None of the newer flags have been handled yet. Where are all the moderators?


3 Answers 3


Without going into the specific numbers:

  • 39% of your standard flags have been declined or disputed.
  • 34% of your spam flags were declined.

This is simply too high. It's normal to have a couple of declined flags, but not a third of your total.

You were already contacted about your flagging behavior in September 2012. We encouraged you to take a look at your flagging record to try and improve, which obviously didn't happen.

  • There's not much you can do, sorry. You have been warned. This is not a manually enforced ban, so we can't undo it.
    – slhck
    Commented Mar 21, 2013 at 14:20
  • 4
    Well yes, you did. You got a moderator message about this. Checking again, it seems you haven't read it though…? Other than that, there's no explicit message, yeah. This is probably intentional.
    – slhck
    Commented Mar 21, 2013 at 14:35
  • 1
    Could good spam and offensive flags gain back flag weight in that case? (since they don't require anyone to look at it in a queue in order to be considered "helpful")
    – cpast
    Commented Mar 21, 2013 at 18:19
  • @cpast The flags simply won't be handled anymore. Moderators cannot act on them even if they wanted.
    – slhck
    Commented Mar 21, 2013 at 19:30
  • But what if other users independently flag the same post as spam? In that case, I was under the impression that all the spam flags were auto-marked "helpful". Unless it doesn't even store a weight 0 user's flag?
    – cpast
    Commented Mar 21, 2013 at 19:58
  • @cpast Even then, the flag will not be dismissed with the others. As I said, the flags can't be acted on anymore.
    – slhck
    Commented Mar 21, 2013 at 20:37

The short answer is too many of your flags have been declined, hence your flags don't show up on our queue

  • Just to be clear: 1) Flag weight is no longer displayed but used only internally for ordering the queue, right? 2) Are disputed flags clubbed with declined ones for the purposes of calculation? (IMO that really shouldn't be the case.) 3) What about declined/disputed flags that have been discussed and for which the previously rejected actions have been carried out - is there no mechanism for switching those flags to helpful? 4) What percentage of bad flags indicates a danger area where further flags from a user no longer show up on a mod's queue?
    – Karan
    Commented Mar 21, 2013 at 16:47
  • @Karan lets suffice it to say that while your concerns may be valid, in this particular matter the number of declined flags are so high that there's no doubt the ban is working as intended. For any specific concerns I'd recommend starting a new Meta questions, possibly on MSO
    – Ivo Flipse
    Commented Mar 21, 2013 at 16:54
  • To be perfectly clear, my comment was in no way related to the issue at hand or OP above. Just seeing this discussion made me think of some related queries about flagging, so I thought I'd get some quick answers from you. I've been checking out MSO and if not all my queries are answered I'll post a new question. Thanks!
    – Karan
    Commented Mar 21, 2013 at 16:57

Check if you have an unusual amount of declined flags. If your flag weight hits zero because of that, none of your flags are shown to moderators anymore. If you have at least 10 declined flags and more declined flags than helpful flags the odds are high that your flags are not shown to the mods anymore.

You must log in to answer this question.

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