How does reviewing new posts give you more flagging weight? When I was looking at the badges, I noticed the "Deputy" badge = "Achieved a flag weight of 500 by reviewing and flagging appropriately" Does this mean you by reviewing new posts you will gain flagging weight, or you go to the posts and flag them, and gain flagging weight from that?

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The badge description you reported says, "Achieved a flag weight of 500 by reviewing and flagging appropriately."
Your flag weight is the weight associated with your flags; the higher your flag weight is, the higher priority your flags have. The only way to increase it is to have your flags marked as helpful from a moderator; this means you correctly flagged a post, and your future flags should have the priority over the flags done from who keeps to inappropriately flag posts.

The description says, "reviewing and flagging" as you need to review posts, in order to flag them. You don't flag a post without even reading it; even in the case somebody else has already flagged a post, and tells you that, you should always read the post to decide if the post really needs to be flagged.

The flag weight should not be of any concert for normal users, as what the flag weight does is simply to order the flags that appear to the moderators.


If a moderator flag is deemed to have merit, your flag weight will go up. If a moderator flag is deemed not to have merit (or if we determine that no action is needed) your flag weight will go down. I believe it's mostly linear, with an asymptotic approach towards 750.

Using review is a way to find posts that need moderator attention (and thus, can be flagged appropriately)

  • I get that part, but how does reviewing earn you flagging weight. Does the reviewing itself earn you weight, or is it flagging posts while reviewing?
    – daviesgeek
    Aug 31, 2011 at 19:04
  • @daviesgeek When a moderator gets a flag, they get an option as to whether or not the flag is valid. How the moderator votes results in either an increase or decrease in the flag weight of the flagger. Aug 31, 2011 at 19:11
  • It's still not answering my question. I know that correctly flagging earns you weight, but does reviewing posts (the review "tab" at the top) earn you weight?
    – daviesgeek
    Aug 31, 2011 at 19:13
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    @daviesgeek Sorry, I think I must have misunderstood what you asked. The only thing that affects your flag weight is when you flag for moderator attention. Everything else does not. Aug 31, 2011 at 19:25
  • Yes, that's what I was askin' Thanks!
    – daviesgeek
    Aug 31, 2011 at 19:27
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    @davies The interpretation is that using review is a way to find posts that need moderator attention (and thus, can be flagged appropriately).
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Sep 1, 2011 at 11:34
  • @Grace That's what I was thinking. It just didn't exactly make sense. Thanks!
    – daviesgeek
    Sep 1, 2011 at 17:15
  • @Kyle Could you update your answer to reflect this?
    – daviesgeek
    Sep 5, 2011 at 18:56

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