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So I was flagging various answers and noticed that a lot of moderators (10k+ users) have answers which should be comments; I flagged some but quite a few became disputed and rejected. Just now I faced a very funny scenario, I came across this question -

In a C# public method, what does the `int` indicate apart from the type integer?

some of the answers had just a few words without any explanation and should be comments (as per me) so I flagged them; but from my previous experience I had a feeling that there is some problem with flagging answers of Moderators or 10k+ users, so I thought to verify that. I flagged these two answers -

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and this was result -

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So is it because of number of votes or the person's reputation and how this can be taken care of?

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  • Short answers can be useful. See Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams.
    – thirtydot
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 13:42
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    @thirtydot Yes I don't have any problem with short answers, but depends on case to case basis.
    – akjoshi
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 13:50
  • Why downvotes, Have I done anything wrong in pointing out wrong moderation?
    – akjoshi
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 13:50
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    A downvote on Meta means that the caster disagrees with you.
    – Dennis
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 13:53
  • @akjoshi Downvotes on meta mean "I disagree", in this case the downvoters likely think that your flags are invalid and those answers should not be deleted. Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 13:54
  • @MadScientist I never said my flags were right, my questions were - is it because of number of votes or the person's reputation and how this can be taken care of?; I could have understood down votes if my question was about my flags!
    – akjoshi
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 13:58
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    For what it's worth, 10k+ users are not moderators. Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 14:08
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    If you don't have any problem with short answers why the heck are you flagging them? Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 14:35
  • @BoltClock'saUnicorn because they were not very helpful(as some other answers) and moreover they were exact duplicates of other answers - stackoverflow.com/faq#deletion
    – akjoshi
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 14:39
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    Exact duplicate answers that were posted at around the same time don't need to be flagged either. Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 14:41
  • @BoltClock'saUnicorn yes I learnt that from this thread and I hope it will be helpful for others too, even Moderators.
    – akjoshi
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 14:43
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    "is it because of number of votes or the person's reputation and how this can be taken care of?" implies "you are all a bunch of biased, rep-whore loving jerkfaces!" Also, the fact that the question can be so simply answered hints that the question itself is the problem, not the answers.
    – user1228
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 16:26
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    FWIW - the deleted answer by Blackbear is incomplete and verging on being wrong, all because he/she tried to pull a FGITW, I'd probably have pulled the delete trigger on it. David Hefferman's answer is absolutely a correct answer and if you understand what a type is then it doesn't need to say any more.
    – Kev
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 16:54
  • possible duplicate: Why are the moderators being so strict with quality related flags recently?
    – gnat
    Commented Jan 17, 2013 at 14:16

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Ignoring the validity of the flags and just looking at your question

So is it because of number of votes or the person's reputation and how this can be taken care of?

Most likely it had nothing to do with the reputation or votes on the post and everything to do with who moderated the individual flags. I'm almost positive the flags were decided upon two different moderators.

I know its annoying and sometimes frustrating that all mods don't act the same. Unfortunately they are people and not robots. Since pretty much every thing they do is a judgement call, they must use their own opinions and rule interpretations when making their decisions. So some results are going to be different and you just have to live with that.

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  • @Some Helpful Commenter : Thanks for focusing on my question rather then taking an easy path; your answer is the most positive one and I appreciate it.
    – akjoshi
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 17:37
  • fortunately or not, recently mods became more like robots when handling flags - just because their evaluation is now intended to be used by "robot" in review-audits
    – gnat
    Commented Jan 17, 2013 at 14:35
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Question

In a C# public method, what does the int indicate apart from the type integer?

Answer

It is the type of the return value.

That does answer the question. Unless you know what a return value is, you might not consider it very helpful, but that's what downvotes are for, not flags.

After all, the not an answer flag text reads:

This was posted as an answer, but it does not answer the question. It should possibly be an edit, a comment, another question, or deleted altogether.

Again, it does answer the question, so the flag is invalid.

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  • I agree, but still feel that it's better as a comment rather then answer.
    – akjoshi
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 13:48
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    No. Short answers are still answers, not comments. You can use comments to point to a link the OP should follow, request additional information or to talk about something related to the question. But answers are answers.
    – Dennis
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 13:49
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    @Dennis Then why was one of the flags accepted, while the other was not? They both answer the question (though one is poorly written), they are both short. I see this a being a little inconsistent...
    – Gaffi
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 15:02
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    @Gaffi Terse != NAA. Inconsistency happens when twelve (soon 15) people have to make individual judgement calls.
    – user50049
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 15:50
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    @TimPost I understand that, and I won't expect perfection from the mods, but I'm not sure there's much of a judgement call. I follow Dennis' logic just fine and I agree with it. I'm not trying to be petty; this issue will not be the downfall of SO. I guess it's more of a question of how do we address/respond to these inconsistencies?
    – Gaffi
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 16:00
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    @Gaffi The best way is to flag again and ask specifically for another moderator to review the flag. We will respect your wish if you do that. If two of us disagree with a flag and you still feel strongly that it's valid, then you've probably hit on a much broader discussion that should be raised here on meta. I have seen repeat flags like "Are you guys drunk or something? Can someone else look at this?" ... And they sometimes result in a diamond face palm. We bitched at Jeff to no end, don't think we'd hesitate for a moment to bitch at each other :)
    – user50049
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 16:29
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    @Gaffi: Easy. Write a deterministic algorithm for handling flags.
    – user1228
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 16:32
  • @TimPost Sounds good. :-) I haven't had a strong need to do this, but it's good to know you guys are approachable this way.
    – Gaffi
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 16:36
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    @Won't I'll get right on that! ;-)
    – Gaffi
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 16:36
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    @Gaffi There's 12 (and soon 15) of us for a reason. We're elected because the community thinks we're responsive and responsible. Just ask for another mod to look at it, we won't be offended :) If we were easily offended, man .. we'd be in serious trouble, no?
    – user50049
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 16:47
  • @Gaffi: I still don't think there's any inconsistency, even if both flags were handled by the same moderator (which may or may not have happened). The first answer is short, but coherent. The second – as I already said in another comment – isn't even a full sentence. Q: What does the int indicate apart from the type integer? A: For the method's return value.
    – Dennis
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 17:03
  • @TimPost Thanks Tim, I would do that from next time, my intention was not to offend any one.
    – akjoshi
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 17:36
  • @Dennis With a minor edit (rather than deletion):"It is the method's return value." I am not one to know in this instance, but this feels to me like a typo or perhaps lacking a complete grasp of the English language, not a plain-and-simple wrong answer.
    – Gaffi
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 17:54
  • @Gaffi: Revision 1 of the question asks In a C# method, what does the int stand for in public int?, so it was deliberately posted one as one half of a sentence. The question got edited, the answer lost its context, and it was deleted.
    – Dennis
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 17:59
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Well I don't think that either answer should be (or should have been) deleted.

Just because an answer has a few words does not a bad answer make, and they were both answering the question.

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  • Though the second answer is so poorly phrased that upon inspection it might seem to be an unfinished blurb.
    – Bart
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 13:42
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    @Bart possibly, but then someone could edit and fix it, but the amount of words does not make an answer not an answer
    – Naftali
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 13:43
  • Sure. Just saying that's why the flag might have been approved.
    – Bart
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 13:44
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    @Dennis yes he did, the answer was deleted by a moderator.
    – Naftali
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 13:45
  • You are right few words doesn't mean bad answer, my intention was not that it's a bad answer; I thought that it's better as comment rather then answer (my personal view); and I still think it was correct, as one flag got approved.
    – akjoshi
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 13:45
  • @akjoshi that is why there is a comment section in the flagging area. For you to say just that and not to just flag as not an answer.
    – Naftali
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 13:46
  • @amanaPlanaCAnalPAnaMA: Actually, it was converted into a comment
    – Dennis
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 13:48
  • @Dennis odd, it seemed like a real answer.
    – Naftali
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 13:49
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    @amanaPlanaCAnalPAnaMA: It's not even a full sentence. Q: What does the int indicate apart from the type integer? A: For the method's return value.
    – Dennis
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 13:51
  • @Dennis hmmm that is true...
    – Naftali
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 13:53
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    @Dennis You mean when you ask a question, you don't expect to receive just a prepositional phrase in response? =) Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 13:53
  • @amanaPlanaCAnalPAnaMA ok, I will take care of that in future; but I ahve seen qite few answers being changed to comments and that's why I asked this question.
    – akjoshi
    Commented Jun 14, 2012 at 13:55

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