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Something to the effect of

"Flagging a question/answer for Low Quality should be reserved for extreme cases only. If you can edit this question to make it better, please do so."

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A related concern about how this had been going in the past. I guess it hasn't changed all that much. – Grace Note May 6 '11 at 16:09
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OK, changing it from

This question/answer has serious formatting or content issues and might not be salvageable.

to

This question/answer has serious formatting or content issues; I am unable to edit this question/answer to help salvage it.

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I'm still not sure when to flag a question as low quality and when to vote to close. Quite often it's one and the same thing. – Henrik P. Hessel May 19 '11 at 10:43
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@henrik remember this exact text also applies to answers, just substitute the word "question" with "answer", above. If you cannot vote to close -- which requires 3k rep -- then you should flag such questions. – Jeff Atwood May 19 '11 at 10:44
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Thanks. Maybe one or two people will think twice, now. – Won't May 19 '11 at 13:55

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