Did something change recently in how Not an Answer flags are processed?

I am now getting a yellow circle with a 2:

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But when I click, it doesn't show anything to review in the main part of the page. Over on the right hand side, it says "2 x Not An Answer"--and given that I just flagged two non-answers, that seems less than coincidental:

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I have never noticed this behavior until yesterday.

If this is an intentional change of the nature I infer, it should not show the action icon to people who cannot act.

  • Even if we understand why this happens, I still think it's a bug - it really shouldn't imply you have work to do when you don't.
    – Cascabel Mod
    Aug 6, 2013 at 3:30

1 Answer 1


Ordinarily you would in fact see flagged posts and have the opportunity to flag, disagree, or (in the case of a question) vote to close.

I can verify this on Stack Overflow, where I have the reputation but am not a moderator.

My guess is that your flags don't show up in your view, precisely because you cannot act on them. The number icon, I'm also guessing, is cached globally for the entire site and probably not calculated per-user, since the likelihood of there being any noticeable discrepancy is very small, especially on a higher-traffic site.

I'm pretty sure that the screen itself has always been available to users with 10k or more reputation; if something has been added or changed recently, it's probably just the notification itself.

  • This is indeed the case: If something didn't change, only moderators can act on their own flags; other users cannot act on them, since the assumption is that the user who flagged a post think the flag is helpful.
    – apaderno
    Jul 28, 2013 at 11:21

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