Since a while, it's possible to retract a flag by opening the flag dialog again and clicking the 'Retract flag' button. Of course, if the flag is already handled, retracting isn't possible. In this case, the MathOverflow site design hides the button instead of graying it out.

Can the disabled 'Retract flag' button be displayed in light gray instead of not showing it at all?

This is how it looks right now:

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For comparison, here's how it looks like on Mathematics Stack Exchange:

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  • $\begingroup$ Uhh, on MSE the disabled button says "Flag Question" (or Answer), rather than "Retract Flag". But I agree that there is a fundamental difference. The retraction button should only be apparent when there is a flag to retract. Which is the situation on that MSE screenshot. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Commented Jun 15, 2017 at 10:15
  • $\begingroup$ I just now tested this on MO, when you flag something and load the flagging dialog again, you have the retraction button available. My guess is that you cannot retract a closure flag once it was halfway through the review queue or something. Which is why the button is disabled. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Commented Jun 15, 2017 at 10:17
  • $\begingroup$ @AsafKaragila I'm pretty sure (from past experience on other sites) that the availability of the retract button just depends on whether the flag is 'waiting for review' or not. $\endgroup$
    – Glorfindel
    Commented Jun 15, 2017 at 11:16
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    $\begingroup$ The issue occurs on The Workplace as well, so I posted a question on the main meta. $\endgroup$
    – Glorfindel
    Commented Jun 16, 2017 at 9:30
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    $\begingroup$ This issue has been fixed. A fuller explanation can be found on Meta Stack Exchange. $\endgroup$
    – Hynes
    Commented Jun 16, 2017 at 15:43


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