Right, they’re “silenced” this is controlled by the settings num users to silence new user and silence new user sensitivity
Sensitivity (in this case the hide post sensitivity setting) adjusts how much “flag weight” is required to hide the post. With “high” sensitivity, less “flag weight” is required to hide a post. This could mean fewer overall flags, or flags from users with less flagging reputation, could hide the post.
You can choose low/medium/high sensitivity, but you can’t adjust the sensitivity levels more specifically than that without a custom plugin.
So in this case, if 1 user with a good flagging reputation flags a topic… it won’t automatically be closed until 5 unique users flag it, because num flaggers to close topic is set to 5.
yea posts hidden by flags are viewable only by staff now, basically no different than deleted posts. but should still be reviewed and processed for accurate flag stats. i’ve had to tell my mods that ignoring a flag instead of accepting it skews the actual user flag stats.