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What does flagging as fantastic mean?

I had thought that flagging a comment as fantastic means "this is a bad comment, within the realm of fantasy, and should be removed." But I notice others apparently using this flag to mean "this is a good comment, kudos!" So which is it? And if the latter, what does flagging a comment as good accomplish?
posted by splitpeasoup on Aug 13, 2022 - 33 comments

Strike that, reverse it?

Deleted posts can be flagged but not favorited. Shouldn't it be the other way around? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Feb 15, 2019 - 18 comments

Flagging update: new free-form text option, tweaking flag lists

I'm excited to announce we're rolling out a long-requested feature: free-form text flagging, a new flagging option that will allow you to, when necessary, leave a brief note when you flag a post or comment. We've also tweaked the list of predefined flagging reasons to reduce the length of the list a bit. [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 5, 2018 - 72 comments

Help test flagging with a free-form text field

Hey! Help us test out a new feature: a flagging option to leave a short note in a free-form text field instead of choosing one of the pre-defined flagging reasons. We'd like to make sure the core functionality is working well in this thread before rolling it out on the site for actual use, so come on in and kick the tires a bit! [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jun 30, 2018 - 107 comments

good faith flagging

⚑ a proposal for a "good faith" flag [more inside]
posted by flex on Sep 10, 2014 - 137 comments

Mefites' Choice 2013 winners, Week Two

Another week of Mefites' Choice Awards, another bunch of fantastic posts flagged by mefites as, uh, fantastic? Phrasing's a bit clumsy, let's take take that again from the top and see if—what do you mean we're live? We're, ah—yes! Welcome to week two, come inside! [more inside]
posted by cortex on Dec 16, 2013 - 22 comments

Wave the Flag

Is there any way for users to see which posts and comments have been flagged as 'Fantastic'? That would be nice.
posted by bq on Mar 6, 2013 - 33 comments

I plant this flag in the name of...

Can we please have a rundown on flagging etiquette? There seems to be a lot of "flag and move one" response from the mods as of late, and while that may be the best choice of action for a lot of the scenarios, 9 times out of 10 I'm stuck on the fence as to whether or not I should. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Jun 19, 2012 - 96 comments


Any chance we could have the ability to unflag/reflag a post or comment? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Mar 29, 2012 - 37 comments

flaggy pony wants more flags

Pony request: Flag categories to move negativity into the flagging system and out of the comments [more inside]
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl on Nov 16, 2011 - 108 comments

I'd love to know what others think is fantastic.

Pony request. Could we have a page view that would show threads and comments that have been flagged as "fantastic"? [more inside]
posted by marsha56 on Oct 11, 2011 - 30 comments


Hey mods, are some flaggers more notorious than others? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Jun 14, 2011 - 123 comments

That psychedelic elephant is FANTASTIC!

The 'fantastic' flag: I know it's been called "outdated", and people have asked for it to be removed. Who cares about that! I would really like to know how many people use it, how it is used, and how the mods react to it being used. [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Mar 25, 2011 - 91 comments

Flagging on signal-to-noise grounds

I flagged this guy on the blue but was conflicted. [more inside]
posted by airing nerdy laundry on Mar 5, 2011 - 36 comments

Request for new feature.

Request for new feature. [more inside]
posted by TheBones on Mar 1, 2011 - 69 comments

Is this post acceptable?

I flagged this post (as other) on the blue because 1) It doesn't do what it says on the tin 2) it's behind a paywall 3) it has one link with no other information. Should posts only linking to a paywall be on the blue?
posted by rebent on Jan 6, 2011 - 61 comments

me-fi "new" flag doesn't seem to work right.

The "New" Flag doesn't seem to be working right for me. A typical day in the life of Stagger Lee: I'll read a thread, leave and come back. Now it says "25 new!" Oh good! 25 posts to read! I'll read them and go back to the main page. But oh no! It still says "25 new!" And from there, the "new" number seems to grow, but rarely shrink. In short: the "new" flag doesn't seem to notice when I've actually read a post, and just displays all recent activity as new. Is this a browser problem? A me-fi problem? A mental problem? Thanks!
posted by Stagger Lee on Sep 7, 2010 - 27 comments


Since I was accused of "announcing" a flag reason in the thread, I guess MeTa must be the place to object to pure advertising. [more inside]
posted by DU on Aug 24, 2010 - 116 comments

Teacher Teacher, Billy is cussing.

Pony Request: Could we please have a MetaTalk flag option of Flag it and move on, for new MetaTalk posts. [more inside]
posted by darkmatter on Aug 21, 2010 - 75 comments

Flagged as *yawn*

Add another option to the flagging menu? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Jul 14, 2010 - 120 comments

Chrome Bug

Bug: Flag drop-down box doesn't work in Chrome. [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Feb 4, 2010 - 14 comments

She'a a grand old unflag ...

Could it be possible to unflag a post? [more inside]
posted by pmurray63 on Dec 31, 2009 - 38 comments

Flagging with flags.

Probably unlikely feature request. I'd like to be able to flag myself. With a flag. [more inside]
posted by kmennie on Sep 17, 2009 - 120 comments

[Flagged] as what? And can I find those flags again?

Two little flag ponies: after flagging a post or comment, can the text be elaborated beyond [Flagged], maybe [Flagged as Fantastic/ Noise/ Derail/ Etc]? I worry about mis-flagging items. Also, I often forget what I've flagged in the past, can we have personal, private histories of flags? Or are profiles either viewable to the public or MeFites, w/o options for personal views?
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 11, 2009 - 75 comments

Criminally Bad Advice

AskMe feature request: in the drop-down menu for post flagging, can we add 'criminally bad advice' to the list of options? E.G.
posted by mhjb on Jul 22, 2009 - 128 comments

Brief JavaScript wibble

Not sure if this is a site bug or a Firefox thing, but figured I'd report it. Here's what happened just now [more inside]
posted by catlet on Jun 16, 2009 - 32 comments

Why can I favorite via Recent Activity, but not Flag?

Why can I favorite via Recent Activity, but not Flag?
posted by anastasiav on Apr 23, 2009 - 51 comments

just a little thing

Incredibly minor design detail: Could the [add to favorites] button be switched with [!], so that [add to favorites] is adjacent to 'x people marked this as a favorite'? I'm always hitting the flag button when I want to favorite something because it's right next to favorites. [more inside]
posted by oneirodynia on Jan 7, 2009 - 42 comments

Are favorites not enough?

Please join me in flagging all comments with nothing to add but "QFT" as noise.
posted by vira on Sep 7, 2008 - 18 comments

=Noise? Derail? Breaks the guidelines?

Can we add a flag for trolling? Or is this covered under one of the existing flags?
posted by msalt on May 22, 2008 - 155 comments

How does flag work?

What exactly happens when you flag a post? I know what the general response is, but how does it alert management? Does the post get highlighted, like what us plebes see when something on ask.mefi gets tagged "correct answer"?
posted by crapmatic on Feb 14, 2008 - 41 comments

No snark here.

This post was flagged and the system worked as it usually does with cortex quite rightly deleting it. [more inside]
posted by Neiltupper on Jan 31, 2008 - 47 comments

Can I ask you a question?

I propose that a new flag be added to AskMe posts: "OP has shown that he/she does not have a genuine interest in getting this question answered."
posted by bingo on Jan 30, 2008 - 39 comments

Favorite/flag comments while previewing

Pony request: When previewing comments, can we please still be able to favorite & flag other comments in the thread? Or is there a reason otherwise?
posted by jmd82 on Jan 17, 2008 - 13 comments


Does it matter what I flag a post/comment? Does "offensive" have a higher priority than "other?" [more inside]
posted by dw on Oct 24, 2007 - 42 comments

What the world need now is crap, more crap?

ok, flag it as crap we know you want to. But do we both need you flagging it as crap and then posting a crap "flagged as crap" message in the allegedly crappy thread? Comment should be flagged as masturbatory noise.
posted by Kickstart70 on Sep 19, 2007 - 57 comments

The HTML error is gone, but the [Flagged] remains!

You post a comment, but it contains an HTML error because you're dumb, so you hit the [!] and flag your own comment with "HTML/display error." A few minutes later, a helpful mod comes along and fixes your dumb mistake, and all is right with the world... except that you still see [Flagged] sitting right there below your comment, forever, reminding you of your typographical failings and offending your sense of aesthetics. Please, oh please, can the [Flagged] flag be taken away by the same moderator who cleans up your HTML? I promise I won't ask for anything ever again until I find something new to whine about!
posted by Faint of Butt on Aug 29, 2007 - 22 comments

IANAL, but I'll give legal advice anyway.

I'm sure I'm going to get absolutely hammered for this, but...consider it my personal pony request. AskMe should have some kind of "flag" for when an answer given is dangerous. Not simply ill advised, irrational, immature, subject to different discretion, or bad, but simply so wrong it could hurt, in a legal, medical, etc. way, the OP who asked for the advice. Yes, I say this because once again I am angered to see a non-lawyer, posting as such, giving legal advice that has no basis in fact, reality, etc., and as such simply sends the OP in a really bad direction. Again, I'm not talking about debatably bad advice, but answers that are simply so wrong it hurts. It's one thing to give your 2 cents, but another to suggest that a technical legal issue that has no application whatsoever is the right answer. So, I think there should be some kind of user-viewable flag that lets others know educated answerers think an answer is BAD. Since we already have a method to indicate people think an answer is GOOD...
posted by bunnycup on Aug 28, 2007 - 73 comments

Fly your Flag, freak!

I know this has been requested before, but can we have a better flagging system? I'd like to be able to: 1/ ... flag from the main page, and not have to go inside. 2/ Have either a user-fillable reason, or more/better reasons. F'r instance, "not the best of the web?"
posted by jpburns on Aug 19, 2007 - 36 comments

Assholes in Aisle 12

Fucking flag it and move on. It's not about YOU.
posted by mkultra on Jul 3, 2007 - 169 comments

old::hotness tag

Feature request: A flag for posts that are useful, but from the deep archive, i.e. closed comments, and may be untagged; the purpose being to make them available for future feature requests.
posted by acro on Jun 11, 2007 - 6 comments

I am a flag whore.

No, flag THIS post.
posted by shmegegge on May 31, 2007 - 3 comments


I get lovely positive feedback with favorites, but unless somebody says something negative, I don't really know when I've been naughty. How about a My Flags page?
posted by and hosted from Uranus on Apr 19, 2007 - 39 comments

This job post bugs me

This does not seem like an appropriate use of the jobs section. My attempt to flag it resulted in an error.
posted by necessitas on Apr 10, 2007 - 12 comments

Don't need no fantastic flag

Suggestion: get rid of the 'fantastic post/comment' flag, and replace it wholeheartedly by the favoriting engine. In particular, recode the fantastic questions and answers page to pull the most favorited Qs and As, rather than the most flagged. For a brief interval there, that page was the best way to see the best of AskMeFi, but its usefulness is fading as people move to faving things rather than flagging them. Also, it would be super-ultra-mega-cool to have an analog of that page for the blue.
posted by gleuschk on Aug 27, 2006 - 19 comments

Making flags public

Feature idea: I'm not sure if it's meant to be private-ish or not.. if it is, you can scratch this idea. I was thinking it would be cool to be able to see "this post / comment has been flagged as:" with a list. The usernames of the flaggers could be anonymous, but it'd be nice to see what the hive mind flags things with.
posted by twiggy on Jun 25, 2006 - 3 comments

Have Favorites made the "Fantastic" flag obsolete?

With the advent of the Favorites feature, has the 'fantastic post' flag been made obsolete? For instance, this question was only given two fantastics, but is a favorite of 32 users. This pattern is exhibited in nearly every question on the fantastic questions page. Are people no longer flagging posts as fantastic? Should these two features be combined, or one be eliminated?
posted by BackwardsCity on Jun 3, 2006 - 26 comments

"You already flagged this post." Uh, no I didn't. ?

"You already flagged this post." Uh, no I didn't. →
posted by Eideteker on May 29, 2006 - 15 comments

did you know you can flag a post that hasn't been made yet?

Nothing world-breaking, but did you know you can flag a post that hasn't been made yet?
posted by Eideteker on Apr 1, 2006 - 53 comments

I did NOT flag that as fantastic.

The Fantastic AskMe posts page appears to claim that I flagged this now deceased thread as a fantastic post. I'm pretty sure I didn't, and flagged it for some other reason so that it could be deleted.

Is anyone else on the list thinking that they didn't flag that one as fantastic?
posted by edd on Mar 29, 2006 - 22 comments

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