Within the last few hours or so, I noticed a "new" person in the chat room and made a cryptic "Oh dear" comment in chat.

Based on my two-bit forensic ability, I suspected that this person was up to no good.

I checked the person's profile and found that the person had posted one upvoted answer. I looked at that answer and found something about it that I thought merited flagging and so I flagged it with a brief reason.

Eight hours later, I find that the flag still has "active" status but that the user's profile is a page that can't be found.

Unless I'm totally incompetent, I now can't find the answer I flagged and even the question that provoked it.

My questions are:

  • What happens to the flag I raised? Won't I get credit for a "helpful" flag?
  • Why did the question disappear as well, assuming it has disappeared?

BTW, if it's just a matter of the mods not having yet got around to it, that's perfectly fine given that most of us are voluntarily volunteering our time here in whatever way we can.

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    If you look in your flag history it will have a link to the answer so you can tell if it has been deleted or not (you don't seem to be sure).
    – Seth
    Commented Feb 4, 2014 at 2:37
  • Thanks! I was so concerned about the active status that I overlooked that. The question has been removed "for reasons of moderation". But the flag is still active. Oh, well.
    – user25656
    Commented Feb 4, 2014 at 2:45
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    I moderator will probably get to it in the next day or two. Sometimes there are a lot of flags to be handled :)
    – Seth
    Commented Feb 4, 2014 at 2:45

1 Answer 1


I think that the only correct answers is: wait.

  • I will concoct a related question after some time.
    – user25656
    Commented Feb 4, 2014 at 2:48
  • Waited and the flag was accepted.
    – user25656
    Commented Feb 5, 2014 at 5:33

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