# Flag posts

### What is flagging?

Flagging is a way of bringing inappropriate content to the attention of the community. The currently implemented flag types are the following:

1. Requires ♦ moderator attention
3. Very low quality (i.e. no amount of editing can salvage the post)
4. Off-topic, not a real question, too localized, not constructive, duplicate question
6. Offensive, abusive, or hate speech

### When should I flag?

If anything happens on our site that makes you feel uncomfortable or that, in your opinion, clearly does not belong here, please flag it and bring it to our attention!

### How do I flag?

Click the flag link under any post and you will see the pop-up dialog pictured below:

### What happens when I flag something as Offensive or Spam?

The offensive and spam flags are designed to automatically eliminate truly offensive posts through the collaboration of the community.

• 3 flags -- post is banished from the front page.
• 6 flags -- post is locked, deleted, and the owner loses 100 reputation.

Users with the Moderator Tools privilege can see how many offensive flags a post has accrued, and may opt to flag it themselves.

### What happens when I flag something as Requires ♦ Moderator Attention?

You'll be required to enter a comment briefly explaining what the problem is. After that, these moderator flags go in a special high priority queue visible to all moderators. We take moderator flags quite seriously; rest assured that they are all followed up on!

### Is there any way to remove flags?

There is often no need, as offensive and spam flags expire after 48 hours if the thresholds aren't reached.

Rolling back a post to a previous state will revert to the number of offensive flags from that particular revision. This allows the OP (or someone else with edit rights) to rollback a post that someone else made offensive in a later revision. However as a general user, once you mark a post as offensive, you cannot take it back.

### How many flags do I have?

When you start out, you are allotted 10 flags per-day. This number may increase to up to 100 flags per-day:

• You get one bonus flag per 2000 reputation.
• You are awarded additional bonus flags when you flag correctly.