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I'll skip the bugs in the dialog; hopefully they will be fixed as it is tweaked.

What I would like to request is that we have a couple more canned reasons. Just about the only reason why I hit the "Other" option is to supply one of the following rejection reasons:

  • Deleting your question would penalize those who made the effort to help you.
    • Used when someone wants to delete a question because they are ashamed of how dumb or simple it is
  • You can provide an answer and (after a waiting period) select it as correct to close the question
    • Used when someone wants to delete an already answered question as they have solved it themselves
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I like the first one, but the second one is better "disputed" not declined. – Robert Harvey Oct 28 '11 at 15:42
@Robert That'd require someone to dispute it, though, which requires going through the 10k tools instead of the mod dashboard if no one else has done it. Nevermind that a moderator forcing a flag into being disputed before handling it... something just feels sketchy about that. – Grace Note Oct 28 '11 at 16:17
What I mean is dismissing a flag without affecting flag weight. – Robert Harvey Oct 28 '11 at 16:41
@Robert Which can only be done with someone disputing it. Bringing us back to the earlier issue. – Grace Note Oct 28 '11 at 17:25
Some options are not going to make sense without giving mods the ability to dismiss without prejudice. For the second example, I leave a comment under the flagged answer. – Robert Harvey Oct 28 '11 at 17:26
I agree, on the condition that the first reason be renamed "Your question is bad and you should feel bad!" – Ben Brocka Nov 22 '11 at 22:56

Here's two more I commonly use:

  • Unfortunately, your flag requested something the software doesn't support
    • Example of flag: request to merge two answers, where both answers have upvotes
  • Unclear what action flagger is requesting mods to take
    • Example of flag: "Question should be edited"
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"flags should only be used to make moderators aware of content that requires their intervention" probably suffices for the latter, but a "learn 2 edit" decline reason would be handy. Time for a pro-forma decline reason script... – Shog9 Oct 29 '11 at 1:30
@Shog9 - I would love a pro forma flag script. And as for the second, well, that's just one of the many examples I've come across where I couldn't figure out what the flagger wanted done. I could list more examples all day long, but they all pretty much come down to: what on earth did you want me to do? – Dori Oct 29 '11 at 1:34
We could probably add a "whatidonteven" reason and handle a lot of these... – Shog9 Oct 29 '11 at 2:16

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