I created a flag a while ago (28-mar) and it still not reviewed. But the flagged post doesn't exist anymore.


Could someone check this for me? I can't open a flag to this problem =X So I'm posting it in meta.

  • The post was probably deleted. We can't check it without a link.
    – user9983
    Commented Apr 2, 2013 at 17:39
  • Can at least remove that from my list? it's annoying >.<
    – Michel
    Commented Apr 2, 2013 at 17:42
  • Deleted by @agent86
    – user9983
    Commented Apr 2, 2013 at 17:50
  • I wiped it out, using my normal method of pressing the "delete" button until it is no more, but I've no idea what the issue is here. I've raised this to a SE employee, who might say "this is working as designed" or maybe respond here if there's something else to be done.
    – agent86
    Commented Apr 2, 2013 at 17:55
  • Thanks for your help @agent86 the ghost flag in my list is really creeping me out o.O
    – Michel
    Commented Apr 2, 2013 at 17:57

2 Answers 2


Asked a dev about this. Yay Jarrod!

badp's answer is almost on the right of it. The source of the problem is indeed due to "convert to comment". The conversion code for handling flags will properly handle any flags for moderator attention that are cast on the post, but it will not handle spam/offensive flags. The flag remains on the answer, but then it expired over time and was auto-invalidated. The flag history page was not aware that this happened, though, so it is not showing the proper "declined" that it should.

This missing indication should be fixed at some point, as well as the behavior of the flag handling.

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    Uya, I discovered a bug on SE! Do I receive a cookie ? =D Thanks for the help Grace Note. Sorry for the trouble.
    – Michel
    Commented Apr 2, 2013 at 19:54
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    @Michel, yes, you do get a cookie! It's already in your browser. You can print it out and eat it, but it's not that tasty.
    – agent86
    Commented Apr 2, 2013 at 20:07

Well, here's an educated guess. Take a peek here at this:

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What happened here is that this post received 4 flags; 3 were correctly dismissed ("deleted") as helpful by agent as he deleted the post, while yours... died 2 days ago. However, the post wasn't just deleted, it was converted to a comment.

My guess is that since comments can also be flagged as spam, the spam flag remained on the comment itself, although kind of in limbo (I certainly don't recall seeing a spam flag on that comment, or I would've dismissed it — and not as helpful, either).This was wrong, see here. Offensive/spam flags are simply ignored on conversion. Flags eventually expire automatically and the timestamp tooltip, 2013-03-31 03:00:05Z, suggests that this is what happened.

At any rate, please consider your flag dismissed and declined. :)

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    I don't mind it being declined. but... could you PLEASE '-' remove it from my list? or put a "declined" on that?
    – Michel
    Commented Apr 2, 2013 at 19:13
  • @Michel no can do
    – badp
    Commented Apr 2, 2013 at 19:32

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