I had a bit of a screen glitch this morning and accidentally flagged a post as Rude or Abusive when it clearly has nothing wrong with it, and I actually wanted to up-vote it. Is it possible for the mods to remove this flag? It resulted in an automatic down-vote and probably has some other minor side-effects I did not desire.

  • Seriously? A drive-by down-vote in meta without an explanation? – Adrian Larson Mod Oct 25 '16 at 6:33
  • I have occasionally thought that I would want to change a flag after I've put it on too, mainly when an OP edits and actually fixes the issue with the post, but also because I've thought 'wrong option' on further consideration. – Dave Humm Oct 25 '16 at 9:20

I've done this myself in the past. If you click the "flag" link, there's an option to "Retract Flag".

This will show up in your profile's flagging history as "Self Removed":

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I'm not sure whether there's an detrimental things around this however.

  • I see it now! Good to know for future miscues (of which there will hopefully be none). – Adrian Larson Mod Oct 26 '16 at 17:59

We can't remove it as far as I know (or could find out). But for most flags mods have to act before anything happens, and we can choose not to act :-).

I've removed the flag from the mod to-do flag list.

  • Thanks! Much appreciated. – Adrian Larson Mod Oct 25 '16 at 14:09

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