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I flag the posts that I consider aren't useful for the page and always the flag says "helpful", but sometimes the flags aren't validated and they become "aged away". How can I avoid my flags become aged away?

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    $\begingroup$ Next time there's an election for new moderators, run and win. $\endgroup$ – Gerry Myerson Jan 17 '17 at 22:43
  • $\begingroup$ I understand that the moderators are the ones that decide if a flag is accepted or not, but what I mean is if there exists something to do to avoid the flags become aged away. $\endgroup$ – MonsieurGalois Jan 17 '17 at 22:47
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    $\begingroup$ I would not view "aged away" flags as something to avoid. It is possible that (for example) you flag something as "very low quality" and an edit gets performed that substantially improves a Question. If you find that a flag has aged away without redeeming action, you can resubmit the flag. $\endgroup$ – hardmath Jan 18 '17 at 1:42
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    $\begingroup$ @hardmath Actually, when a post with a "very low quality" flag is edited, the flag is automatically disputed. $\endgroup$ – user642796 Jan 18 '17 at 17:15
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Not all types of flags can "age away". According to Meta Stack Exchange these are the only types:

  • Spam and rude/abusive flags on posts age away after 2 days.
  • Rude/abusive flags on comments age away after 4 days.
  • Migration close flags (and votes) age away when the post can no longer be migrated (i.e., when it is more than 60 days old).
  • Close/reopen flags (and votes) age away at latest 14 days after the newest close/reopen vote.

The first two types of flags are immediately brought to the attention of the moderators.

In my experience, spam and rude/abusive flags on posts are dealt with fairly quickly. When present they are highly prominent in the moderator flag queue, and I make it a personal point to prioritise dealing with them (and I'm sure I'm not the only one). It is highly unlikely that these would age away.

Comments are something generally easy to deal with, and I don't think too many rude/abusive flags on comments are left for long periods of times. I have no statistics on this, unfortunately.

The last two types of flags aren't specifically brought to the attention of the moderators. Instead they bring posts to the review queues for community evaluation. If these sorts of flags age away, I would generally take it that there isn't broad community support/agreement with the action you proposed. Part of avoiding aged away flags of these sorts is becoming knowledgeable with the norms of the community.

All in all, I wouldn't worry too much about aged-away flags. Sure, it could be interpreted to mean that your flag wasn't clearly valid, but more positively it can also be taken to mean that your flag wasn't clearly invalid.

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