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Now that question downvotes are free, why do we need a flag? Should 'low quality' processing be simply triggered by a sufficiency of negativity? If you think a question is low quality, downvote it. If the score reaches, oh, -2 or -3, set loose the dogs of raw.

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"A sufficiency of negativity." Awesome. –  Michael Petrotta Oct 11 '11 at 14:49
A lovely rarity too :) google.com/… Hmm, it's fun though to plop labels on stuff, and it may deter outward aggression. –  Adel Oct 11 '11 at 21:59

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I see a fairly large number of low quality questions that I flag and which are closed by a moderator, that never receive more than one downvote -- mine, right before I flag.

It's not a bad thought to have a flag automatically raised when a question goes sufficiently negative, and I agree that more downvoting and maybe a pamphleting campaign about same would be good for the site. I just don't think that the flag should be removed. Supplemented, maybe; eliminated, absolutely not.

Also, the value of "sufficiently" would have to be pretty negative -- I'd say -6 at the absolute maximum, probably more like -8. Voting is supposed to reflect the quality of the post, of course, but people vote for all kinds of reasons, and lots of unwarranted automatic flags sounds like a great way to frustrate the moderators.

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A "auto flag" with a very low flag wight may work, as then 10K users can add there own flag to it. Or maybe just another review tab for 10K that contains the down voted quesions. –  Ian Ringrose Oct 12 '11 at 9:07

While generally low quality questions should be edited, some of them are too unclear for anyone to edit. Those who don't have the ability to close, need to have a way of flagging them for attention. The text at the end of the explanatory sentence for low quality is

and might need to be removed.

Of course only a moderator could do that.

While I haven't used the reason a lot, since I usually edit those questions, I have had to use it a few times. For answers you have the 'Not An Answer' flag reason, but we don't have a 'Not a Real Question' flag reason, it's only a close reason.

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The flag is a signal. My point is that a plethora of downvotes sends exactly the same signal. If you can edit, you edit. If you can't, you downvote. And enough downvotes can clue a moderator that it's delete-worthy trash. –  Rosinante Oct 11 '11 at 14:06
I don't think the moderators have the time to go look at all downvoted questions, whereas the flags queue them up the important ones (the one important enough to get flagged). –  Lance Roberts Oct 11 '11 at 14:27
Claim; The list of -4 questions would be the same length. Maybe right, maybe not. –  Rosinante Oct 11 '11 at 14:31
Sure, I'd go with that, but many of those questions will never reach -4, especially in the niche tags. –  Lance Roberts Oct 11 '11 at 14:34
@Rosinante: I see a large number of low quality questions, that I flag and mods close, that never receive more than one downvote -- mine right before I raise the flag. It all depends on the tag. –  Josh Caswell Oct 11 '11 at 17:07
Theory: people could be pushed to downvote more now that it's free. Just a theory. Thus this question. –  Rosinante Oct 11 '11 at 17:11

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