A little while ago I asked (Should I flag comments such as “I agree”, “+1 for x”, or “I changed x in my post”?) if certain kinds of comments should be flagged as useless, and got told that I should just flag it if it did not contribute to the question/answer.

This is reinforced by this answer, which states that comments that are obsolete, wrong, "noisy" (too talkative), rude/insulting, or useless should be flagged.

So I started flagging tons of useless comments all over the place. I was pretty careful about what I flagged, most of them got accepted, and everything was hunky-dory for a while.

Then my comment flags started getting rejected. All of them. Here is a sampling (of just the ones that I got the URLs for):

These comments are clearly not useful. My question is, why are these (and many other) comment flags getting rejected? Is there an auto-reject trigger that activates if a user flags too many comments at once? Did I get on the bad side of some moderator? Did I do something wrong? What is going on?

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    Anyone wondering about the broken links to the comments, I cleaned them up just now. Sorry about that.
    – jokerdino Mod
    Mar 25, 2013 at 17:58
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    For posts reasonable to flag, mods should mark flags helpful even when not actioning them. It's one thing if flags on borderline-worthless comments don't always result in the comment being deleted. But if one or more moderators are rejecting reasonable comment flags (causing them to be listed as declined when you click on your number of helpful flags, as shown to you in your profile), that's cause for concern. (Any moderator unfamiliar with this SE-wide policy should read modnewsletter.stackexchange.com/2011/09/…) Mar 25, 2013 at 19:17
  • @EliahKagan We can't mark comment flags helpful without taking an action on the flag, so it's best if you use custom and explain for borderline comment flags.
    – Seth
    Apr 4, 2014 at 2:37
  • @Seth Is this new? I feel pretty sure I've had comment flags marked helpful--many times, I think--where the comment was not deleted or edited. Apr 4, 2014 at 6:38
  • @EliahKagan I'm not sure. It has been this way since I was elected.
    – Seth
    Apr 4, 2014 at 15:04

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Ok one at a time:

  • Is there an auto-reject trigger that activates if a user flags too many comments at once?

    I hope not except for some spammer, but still I hope not.

  • Did I get on the bad side of some moderator?

    Maybe... maybe not.. maybe you rock and are awesome. All serious here, as a moderator we really do not have time to get to a point where we are angry or have a problem at somebody. Between real life stuff, Q/A in this site and the amount of mod activity, one would be lucky to get to know at least 10 users.

  • Did I do something wrong?

    For what I could see no. You have not done anything wrong...yet ^^

  • What is going on?

    Maybe a mod though the opposite or had a mistake. Mods are not robots..yet ^^

If you want (Maybe you already did) when flagging a comment you could add why it should be removed/edited/moved... That way it helps to sort the problem out, from many flags we get everyday. Well at least in my case (And I am the slowest of all moderators, so you can imagine the rest).

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    You may want to clarify that the proper way to say why a comment should be removed while flagging it is to use a custom comment flag, by clicking the flag icon by the comment and then clicking other.... Mar 25, 2013 at 19:06

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