Recently the flag weight field was scrapped from the profile page, and replaced by a “helpful flags” field. I would like a clarification about how this new system works.

Here is my flagging history from my profile page*:

flagging history

My questions:

(a) My current “helpful flags” count is 20, and I presume that this is because 2 of my comment flags have been deemed helpful. Is this interpretation correct?

(b) Does this mean that flagging posts will not contribute to this count?

Edit: I removed the feature request from this post and am posting it as a separate post. Apologies for the inconvenience.

*This is private information, but I am posting it anyway in order to make the question concrete.

  • $\begingroup$ Off-topic: is there any trick to center the image? $\endgroup$
    – Srivatsan
    Commented Jan 21, 2012 at 0:28
  • $\begingroup$ Also, I am wondering whether this question is more suitable for meta.SO. $\endgroup$
    – Srivatsan
    Commented Jan 21, 2012 at 0:37
  • $\begingroup$ As a side note, I am not exactly sure how the system decides whether a comment flag is helpful (since the interfaces for dealing with comment flags and post flags are somewhat different). So I have no idea whether one should change one's habits in regards to comment flags based on a "low" comment flag helpfulness score.... $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 23, 2012 at 9:29
  • $\begingroup$ @Willie: Oh, I did not know that the system decides this. I had assumed that the moderator who handles the flag deems it as helpful or not. [Hm, it turns out this question was not totally useless to me then. :-)] $\endgroup$
    – Srivatsan
    Commented Jan 23, 2012 at 9:32
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    $\begingroup$ flags on posts are decided by moderators. flags on comments are more tricky: we as moderators don't get to say outright whether the flag is helpful or not, so I don't know how they translate it. $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 23, 2012 at 9:34

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I figured out the answer myself: my interpretation was wrong. In fact, the 20 corresponds to the sum of all the helpful flags:

17 helpful mod attention flags + 1 post marked offensive + 2 helpful comment flags = 20 helpful flags.

Of course, in retrospect, this is more natural than what I wrote in the post, but I am not sure why it didn't strike me until now. Perhaps I was deceived by the round figure of 20 (which I assumed was related to the 2 comment flags).

I figured this out because today I had successfully flagged two more posts and my helpful flag count has increased to 22.


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