Recently, I flagged this answer as 'Not an answer'.

Now, after looking at it a couple of times, I have realized that this is an answer, just it is extremely badly written and needs editing.

So my question is: how do I take back a flag that I have put on a question/answer? If this is not possible, could this feature be implemented?

The main reason why I want to take it back is so that the moderator queue is shorter. Also, to reduce the number of declined flags on my account.

EDIT: It turned out my flag was deemed helpful after all. I would still like an answer for future reference.

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To retract a flag, simply click the flag button again, then click the "retract flag" button:

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You will then get the message "Your flag has been retracted" near the flag button.

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It is worth noting that self-removed flags still show up in your flagging history. However, they are in a category called "retracted" rather than "declined."


You cannot take back flags. This is by design: flagging should be something done with careful consideration.

Everybody, however, makes mistakes. A declined flag is nothing to worry about at all.

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    might wanna update since you can retract flags now
    – Dragonrage Mod
    Aug 22, 2019 at 21:54

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