Today one of my flagging got declined. Se the picture below:


Although that was really a helpful flag since using abusive words is not welcome in this site.


I guess my flagging was declined because it was in Hindi (ha ha). Btw I know Hindi, I did not flag because the other one said so.

Anyway my question is Is getting a lot of declination harm my profile (like temporarily locked, blocked from flagging etc). If so, please someone look into it, it was literally a helpful flag!

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    $\begingroup$ Sorry about this. I dismissed the flag because, not speaking Hindi, I didn't see anything rude or abusive in that comment. My mistake was not to visit the actual thread, where the meaning of this word would have been explained in another comment. It might have been a good idea to anticipate this problem, and use a free-form flag where you can explain the problem in your own words. Another moderator has since deleted the comments. $\endgroup$ Aug 4, 2017 at 10:57
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    $\begingroup$ Although Jyrki has already explained, consider this a lesson for the next time: be aware that some people might only understand English and not your language, so an explanatory comment in addition to your flag would be quite helpful. $\endgroup$ Aug 4, 2017 at 18:30
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    $\begingroup$ @manmaid do not worry, aise log yahaan pe aake nautanki karte hain. I think what has happened is slightly unfair on you, because I would have done the same. $\endgroup$ Aug 16, 2017 at 23:25

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To elaborate slightly on what Jyrki set and to answer point-by-point:

How to flag abusive comments that may not look abusive at first sight?

For the flag select "in need for moderator intervention" instead. Once selected you will get a window in which you can enter explanatory text.

When in doubt if a flag is clear without explanation and context, go for this option. As mentioned by Jyrki a moderator might well only see the flagged comment when deciding. I think it does not change all that much for moderators work-wise especially if you keep the explanation to the point. In principle a "rude or abusive" flag can lead to auto-deletion, but it also feeds the moderators' flag queue so that often also this flag will result in moderator intervention.

Is getting a lot of declination harm my profile (like temporarily locked, blocked from flagging etc).

There is something like being banned from flagging or being warned before flagging based on ones recent flagging history. But, this for flags on posts (not comments) and the worst possible thing is that you cannot flag for a few days. See Rule for getting banned from flagging for details.

A declined flag here or there, especially on a comment is harmless. It should also be noted that for a comment flags it can be tricky to avoid declining a flag even when it is justified. Basically a moderators is faced with the following alternatives: either delete the comment or decline the flag.

Thus in a case where a flag has merit but the comment that got flagged should not be deleted, there is no way but to decline (except if one is willing to trick the system, by deleting and undeleting, but that's tedious to do for comments and not really a good option). Also, on comment flags moderators cannot give feedback. Thus, if the situation in a comment thread is convoluted, it can be better to flag the post (not a comment) for moderator intervention.

That is to say, a comment flag can even get decline without explanation, even when a moderator agrees with you.

If so, please someone look into it, it was literally a helpful flag!

While you were already reassured by a moderator that indeed your flag was correct, do not expect a change of the flag-status itself. Again, this is impossible.

To sum up, while persistent poor flagging could have consequences, don't worry about a decline here or there. If the problematic situation persists after the decline, and you are pretty sure it was just a lack of information or a misunderstanding, flag again and explain the situation.

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    $\begingroup$ Thanks... I think this answer should be in Help Center. $\endgroup$
    – MAN-MADE
    Aug 4, 2017 at 14:01

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