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I just flagged a comment as being "rude or disrespectful," and as soon as I pressed "OK" to flag it, the comment disappeared. When I checked my flags, I saw that it had been marked as "helpful," but this was immediately after I had flagged it. Is there some mechanic that would make it so if enough people flag a comment, they will all be marked as "helpful" immediately? Or is there something else I'm missing?

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Is there some mechanic that would make it so if enough people flag a comment, they will all be marked as "helpful" immediately?

Yes, and 'enough people' may be one, depending on the content of the comment. See this Meta Stack Exchange question for more details: What is the SE version of Seven Dirty Words?

If the system doesn't deem the comment worthy of deletion after one flag, it'll be gone (most of the times) after three flags (the exception is when the comment got a few upvotes already).

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