In case you flagged a question incorrectly*, would it be possible for you to remove that flag yourself, before a moderator sees it? If not, how could you notify others that it was an incorrect flag?

* It could be considered an incorrect flag, if after clarifying, you realize that the post is valid.

  • I don't think that this is possible as of now.
    – Flow
    Commented Feb 7, 2013 at 11:25
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    Worst case scenario, ping one of us in chat
    – Bryan Denny Mod
    Commented Feb 7, 2013 at 14:23

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No, it's not possible.

If you're concerned that a Moderator might act on your flag in error, you can always flag again using the "Other" option to explain the error, but I would recommend against that.

  • Trusted users (> 10k reputation) can see some flags, but not the custom flags, so your explanation won't reach them.
  • Moderators can only dismiss all flags on a post, not individual flags. So the Moderator won't be able to reject one and accept the other.

If you're worried about a "declined" flag on your Permanent Record™, don't. The occasional "declined" is no big deal. It's when there is a pattern of declined flags when there is a problem.

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    +1 for "The occasional "declined" is no big deal."
    – Flow
    Commented Feb 8, 2013 at 9:44
  • The situation appears to have changed in the meantime. Close voters as of now can retract their vote but cannot vote for that post again. I can confirm that and I suppose you, being proactive on multiple Stack Exchange sites would be knowing it as well. I've not tested this scene for reopen votes. // As for flagging with Other reason, I doubt that it is possible anymore or possible only under limited circumstances. I remember doing that and site showed me an error on the lines "You've already flagged this post" or something similar. I can't confirm though. Can you consider an edit in your post?
    – Firelord Mod
    Commented Mar 16, 2016 at 18:16
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    @Firelord: I've removed the bit about not being able to retract a vote to close. As for not being able to use the "Other" option if you already have an active flag on a post, I am pretty sure that's a bug.
    – ale
    Commented Mar 16, 2016 at 23:19

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