I wanted to flag a mod, but I realized that the mod itself would mark it as a not useful flag. How can I flag a mod?

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    If you mean flag a mod as in get the attention of [i.e. flag down] a mod, then use the "flag" link on the post in question. Even if the moderators don't take action, they will mark your flag as helpful if it was appropriate to make. If you mean flag a mod as in draw attention to and have [the post of] a moderator reviewed, then follow the instructions in WendiKidd's answer. Jun 18, 2014 at 1:46

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Actually if a moderator receives a flag on their own post, they ask one of their fellow moderators to intervene. You can't be an impartial judge for a flag on your own post. But I understand the point you're making: that a moderator does indeed have the ability to dismiss flags on their own posts, even though our policy isn't to do so.

If you have a concern about a specific action taken by a moderator, you can do one of two things:

  1. Make a post on meta about what happened, and let the community weigh in with their thoughts on the matter. Maybe a mistake was made that we need to rectify. Maybe we're handling something in a way the community disagrees with in general. Maybe a change in policy needs to be made. Maybe you're misunderstanding something/the community doesn't agree with your viewpoint. You don't know until you ask the community on meta, so this could resolve your issue.

  2. If you feel the matter would better be discussed in private and doesn't affect the community as a whole, you can contact the Stack Exchange staff about a moderator on the Contact Us page. You can address all your concerns there privately, SE staff will reply to you, and if they feel the matter is something they need to correct a moderator on, they will bring the matter to our attention.

I hope this answers your concerns; please feel free to ask for clarification if you feel it's required.

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    You are indeed the soul of moderation! :) Jun 15, 2014 at 21:54
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    These are ways to address your problem, but I'd suggest another first: introspection. Moderators don't like to intervene, and only do so when it seems necessary for the health of the site and community. I've seen people join a Stack Exchange site, raise a ruckus, get cautioned by a moderator, only to react in a more forthright or even hostile manner. This rarely ends well for the newcomer. I suggest spending some time lurking with an open mind, adjusting to the existing culture. Hundreds of users won't instantly change on account of your beef; don't try to change who we are overnight.
    – J.R. Mod
    Jun 17, 2014 at 12:45

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