# Permanent flag-ban without warning. [closed]

I've flagged some posts and comments and nothing happened.

Edit 1. An update after correspondence with the The Stack Exchange Team about my flag-ban:

• As people thinks here (Permanent flag-ban without warning.) it seems that I've been banned from sending flags to moderators. Is there anything you can do in order to reset my flag weight?

Yes, you likely are flag-banned. You've had nearly as many flags declined as you accepted! Indeed, you seem to have gone out of your way to make a nuisance of yourself using the flag system, repeatedly flagging the same posts when you were unhappy with the outcome of your previous flag.

Convince the moderators on Math.SE that the site would benefit if they were able to see more flags from you, and I'll lift the ban. Otherwise, you'll just end up in the same situation again in a week.

-The Stack Exchange Team

• What do you mean by "Convince the moderators on Math.SE that the site would benefit if they were able to see more flags from you"? Are you expecting a request for lifting this flag-ban from one of the moderators?

The thing to do would be to edit your meta question to indicate that you understand you have been flag banned, and explain to the moderators how you'll make certain that your flags will be accurate and not simply noise in the future if the ban is lifted. If the moderators indicate agreement, we'll lift the ban.

That's the best we can offer you - there's no codified help once you reach the level that you have - the ban is not designed to be escaped as it's an absolute last resort.

Regards, Stack Exchange Team

After this I gave up. Let me say that never ever someone sent me a warning mentioning the possibility to be flag-banned if..., that's why I think this "absolute last resort" must be a joke.

Edit 2. A moderator told me once: If the questions are actually duplicates, the answers can be merged into one question. After this I've flagged many duplicates in order to be merged, but other moderators found this inappropriate and rejected my flags. At that moment I had no idea where to look to see what's going on with my flags. Furthermore, I had no idea that some amount of rejected flags leads to a permanent ban.

I can survive with or without this ban, but it's better to make it public in order to let other users to know the "subtleties" of the system.

## closed as not constructive by user26857, Michael Greinecker♦, The Chaz 2.0, Lord_Farin, J. M. is a poor mathematicianMay 14 '13 at 18:29

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• I had a moderator act on a flag of mine yesterday, so moderation is not suspended. (Why would it be? The current moderators are still moderators, even those that have stated their intention of resigning but still have their diamonds.) – user642796 May 11 '13 at 7:29
• Really... the idea that moderation is suspended is rather weird, isn't it? Don't you think if for some reason this had been the case we would not at the very least let the site know? Maybe you can rephrase your title/question in a way that does not suggest such silly behaviour on the part of mods and everyone else involved? – Mariano Suárez-Álvarez May 11 '13 at 7:31
• «Why have my last few flags not been acted upon?» – Mariano Suárez-Álvarez May 11 '13 at 7:37
• Anarchy on MSE... – Michael Greinecker May 11 '13 at 7:45
• For the record, several comments (and an answer with tons of comments) have been deleted by their owners here: that is why the comment thread is as random as it is... – Mariano Suárez-Álvarez May 11 '13 at 8:04
• @YACP This was a response to the presumed suspension of law and order on MSE under the original title. – Michael Greinecker May 11 '13 at 8:15
• +1 Because I was surprised to learn about flag-hellbans. These seem like a legitimate problem. – Alex Becker May 11 '13 at 12:19
• Dumb question, how do people tell whether the flags have been declined? I can't seem to find that info anywhere. – Noah Snyder May 11 '13 at 14:55
• On your user profile you should see a number saying "helpful flags: $x$", where $x$ is the number of flags that you raised and been marked helpful. If you click that number you are magically transported to the list of flags that you have raised, their status and some basic statistics about your flagging history. – Asaf Karagila May 11 '13 at 19:05
• @AlexBecker Flag bans are a legitimate problem, or the behavior leading to a flag ban is a legitimate problem? – Scott H. May 13 '13 at 21:49
• Is there a good way for me to see if I've been flag hell-banned? I think Bill declined a bunch of my flags during the big cheating scandal. – Noah Snyder May 13 '13 at 22:48
• @zyx and Noah: Please try to stay on-topic! – user26857 May 13 '13 at 23:13
• @YACP: I thought my question was on-topic. I have a large number of declined flags from tht incident and so may be hell-banned. I'd like to know if I can find out if I have been or not. – Noah Snyder May 13 '13 at 23:22
• Your editing has caused many comments to become irrelevant. I'm surprised the Team suggested you edit the question. I would have thought a better idea would be email to a mod, asking the mod to look over your flagging history to see whether the mod would ask the Team to lift the ban, or to discuss what modifications of your flagging methods might be in order should the ban be lifted. Must be better to hash this out in private than in public. Not much us non-mods can do for you. – Gerry Myerson May 14 '13 at 13:55
• @YACP: maybe, instead of repeatedly flagging things, you should bring up the topic of dup-merging here for the community to discuss? – Shog9 May 15 '13 at 14:18