I've been experimenting with the flagging system for the last couple of days. I have learned a few strategies, but I feel that I'm making little difference to the mountain of accumulated rubbish.
Having easily run out of my 48 flags within a few minutes tonight, I am now helpless for another 19 hours and thought I would share a couple of tips for finding likely posts to flag with the rest of you, to help keep our poor moderators busy and entertained.
- The simplest: Look at the first posts of new users. Apart from general scanning, if they have a negative score, they're very likely to be comments or question updates.
- Search: body:"same problem". This finds bucketloads of "Me too!! Any progress?" answers.
- Search: body:bump. Gets lots of thread-bumping non-answers.
A couple of thoughts:
- If there was a way to search only within answers, not questions, then other searches, like 'update', to find updates posted as answers, would probably be effective.
- If it was possible to add regex matches like start of line (^), then searches like 'bump' would be much more effective.
Please post any other ideas you have found that make finding detritus easier. There's more than enough junk out there for everyone... Anything we can do to make it easier to spot improves the editing efficiency of the collective.