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Again, something which will be marked as a dupe sooner or later:

About how long does it take for a mod to review a flag? Because I raised a dupe flag and, after three days, I retracted it because I had received no response from it. Therefore, I ask: How long does it take for a mod to review a flag (on average)?

  • Dupe flags typically aren't handled by mods - they go to the review queue where they're reviewed by users with enough rep. Since a mod's vote is binding, they may not want to dupe hammer a question, especially if it's something they're not sure about. As for handling time - it depends. Mods have the average displayed in their mod dashboards, but, for SFF, I imagine it's ~4 hours (just guessing, though, based on the number of mods and their time zones). – Gallifreyan May 30 at 1:12
  • Which question did you flag? – Alex May 30 at 1:18
  • @Alex - The one asking whether citizens of the capitol could participate in the Hunger Games if they so choose. – Voldemort's Wrath May 30 at 1:19
  • @Gallifreyan Sorry, I meant people through the review queues, not mods. – Voldemort's Wrath May 30 at 1:20
  • @INTERESTING You can see here that it was handled. It hasn't been closed because only three people agreed with you that it's a duplicate. – Alex May 30 at 1:21
  • @Alex Right, but my flag wasn't handled. Also, look at the comment. Eight people agree with me, they just probably can't vote to close it. – Voldemort's Wrath May 30 at 1:22
  • @INTERESTING That is how it was handled. It went to Review and users voted on whether it's a duplicate or not. – Alex May 30 at 1:23
  • @Alex All it said was PENDING on my end. – Voldemort's Wrath May 30 at 1:23
  • @INTERESTING Try checking again. It should show "disputed". – Alex May 30 at 1:24
  • @Alex - Nah, I already retracted it after three days of no response. – Voldemort's Wrath May 30 at 1:24
  • @INTERESTING What day did you flag it? – Alex May 30 at 1:25
  • @Alex May 25th. – Voldemort's Wrath May 30 at 1:26
  • @INTERESTING Interesting. The review I linked above was actually before your flag. I wonder if perhaps your flag couldn't do anything because a question can't be sent back to the Review Queue until the existing close votes age away. – Alex May 30 at 1:27
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    First, close falgs aren't handled by moderators. But more importantly, why on earth would you retract a flag just because it takes a lot of time to handle? That makes about zero sense. – TARS May 30 at 6:52
  • @Gallifreyan The average shown on the mod dashboard is <2 hours, but I don't know whether that counts close flags or only flags that actually go to the mod queue. – Rand al'Thor May 30 at 8:12
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For close flags, if nobody handles them in time, will be marked as aged away, as the Meta SE FAQ says:

[Close flags] follow the normal rules for close vote aging:

  • The oldest recommend closure flag, once per day, at the following times:
    • 4 days after the last close vote if the question has 100+ views
    • 14 days after the last close vote if the question has fewer than 100 views

Close flags send a question to the close votes review queue where it is almost always handled by regular users with 3k+ rep and not diamond moderators. You should be able to see if the review has been completed by going to the timeline URL (not linked anywhere) which looks something like this: https://scifi.stackexchange.com/posts/####/timeline. For example, here, you can see the reviews for the question you mentioned in the comments. Unfinished reviews are not shown in the timeline, and it's not easy to get a link to them unless you can access the close votes queue.

In practice, I only think I have ever had aged-away flags on Stack Overflow. (Close votes are another story.) As you can see on the review page, the queues are always pretty empty. It's pretty easy for close flags to be handled: If one person votes to close, it's helpful. If three people vote "leave open" instead, it's declined.

My advice: don't babysit your flags ;)

  • Not almost always: always. Close flags don't even go to the moderator flag queue; they are never seen by moderators. – Rand al'Thor May 30 at 7:39
  • @Randal'Thor True but moderators can look at the queue and review from there. – Laurel May 30 at 13:29

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