What happened to the 'Helpful Flags' counter / link that was available on your user page as it seems to have disappeared today?

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    $\begingroup$ Moreover, my available flags dropped from almost 90 to almost 60 (both numbers are upper bounds). $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Jun 25, 2013 at 22:14
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    $\begingroup$ And it's suddenly back. But the numbers have changed. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Jun 25, 2013 at 22:15
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    $\begingroup$ Hah! Now it jumped up to 100. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Jun 25, 2013 at 22:21
  • $\begingroup$ I think you can't go above 100... (Flags available, not helpful flags.) $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Jun 25, 2013 at 22:23
  • $\begingroup$ Yes. I was talking about flags remaining. I think I had over 1200 helpful flags, but now I have 1197. I might be misremembering and I actually had 1172, though. In that case it makes sense how my available flags jumped up. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Jun 25, 2013 at 22:26
  • $\begingroup$ Not that I know of. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Jun 25, 2013 at 22:30
  • $\begingroup$ My numbers (helpful (530->546) and available (32->59) flags) also changed and in the past there was always a mismatch between "comments flagged", "deemed helpful" and "declined" due to old flags. This seems to be fixed... $\endgroup$
    – draks ...
    Jun 26, 2013 at 0:40
  • $\begingroup$ @AsafKaragila How did you get that many available flags!? $\endgroup$
    – Potato
    Jun 27, 2013 at 4:35
  • $\begingroup$ @Potato: I raised over 1200 helpful flags. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Jun 27, 2013 at 8:25

1 Answer 1


Jarrod Dixon recently finished a major flag-related project he's been working on for a few months. In his own words,

We're rolling out a massive refactoring around flags, including how and where they're stored in the database.

Some of the related Meta.SO threads:

One minor change that I just noticed myself: flagging a question as a duplicate now inserts the same auto-comment that voting to close does.

  • $\begingroup$ Why would you flag a question as a duplicate, when you can vote to close it as a duplicate? $\endgroup$ Jun 26, 2013 at 8:51
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    $\begingroup$ @GerryMyerson Um, $1085<3000$... I believe that users able to vote to close do not even see the category of flags to close. $\endgroup$ Jun 26, 2013 at 9:16

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