If I flag a Moderator comment (as not constructive), does it get reviewed by another (independent) moderator or can the flagged moderator just delete/ignore it.

Just interested in the process here, since none of us is perfect and can make mistakes.

Here is a example (removed moderator name for privacy).

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They'll show up in the comment queue and all moderators will see the flag. The system doesn't hide the flag from the moderator who's comment was flagged. We discuss flags on our own comments and avoid moderating ourselves.

  • I like the "avoid moderating ourselves", glad to hear there is more then the "accused" seen the Flag. Avoiding the embarrassing Et tu, Brute!-- "Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light."
    – Ruskes
    Jan 23, 2015 at 18:51
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    To say occurrences of moderators having comments flagged is rare is an understatement.
    – Ian C.
    Jan 23, 2015 at 18:53
  • Nobody is perfect ! but also shall not have the ultimate power of deciding his/her faith.
    – Ruskes
    Jan 23, 2015 at 19:02
  • @IanC. I just had to do this because a moderator deleted an answer that says something exists as a duplicate of something that says it doesn't. I'm a moderator of a large dev forum (9K members) and only deleted an answer once in 16 years, when someone posted a copyrighted executable. Jul 6, 2021 at 7:45
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    @PanagiotisKanavos moderators don't act unilaterally. Your answer was flagged by the community as not unique. Stack Exchange isn't a forum. It's a Q&A site. I suggest taking a look at apple.stackexchange.com/tour to familiarize yourself with how it works. You could have put your screenshot on the existing answer as an edit to improve it, for example, and helped make it more cogent. You can start a new meta question about what happened on your answer if you'd like to have it discussed in detail with the rest of the community.
    – Ian C.
    Jul 6, 2021 at 21:15
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    @IanC. I already have 90K rep at SO. I know how these sites work, and I know that deleting someone's answer is one of the most extreme measures, taken only when an answer is very bad and gets multiple downvotes, not upvotes. I've also spotted the patterns of negative communities quite a few times. And I don't like the pattern of behavior I've seen in just two days here. Not to me, but to people asking legitimate questions. Jul 7, 2021 at 7:17

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