I was just handling flags in the 10k tools, when I saw that there were two posts flagged "Post excessively long". Here's a 10k link for now, and here's one of the flagged posts.

Now, while this question may be "Very low quality" or "Not constructive" or "Too localized", but when was "Post excessively long" even a reason?

If this is an "Other" flag, doesn't it go directly to the diamonds, and never passes through the 10k queue?

Edit: And if a diamond mod comes, I'd be interested to know if these are both from the same user too.

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    Community usually raises these flags...
    – ɥʇǝS
    Apr 29, 2013 at 2:32
  • @Seth: It's a way of Community getting 10k attention onto a post?
    – Linuxios
    Apr 29, 2013 at 2:32
  • I don't know about 10k attention.. but it gets * someone's* attention.
    – ɥʇǝS
    Apr 29, 2013 at 2:33
  • You can always edit the too verbose, that's the reason for the flag to show to 10k users
    – random
    Apr 29, 2013 at 2:55
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    Since before people like me started writing massive lists of tags on Meta. ;P
    – animuson StaffMod
    Apr 29, 2013 at 2:56
  • 10k tools audit too? maybe?
    – hjpotter92
    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:34
  • I added this to the privileges page last time: There are 8 categories of flags (close question, not an answer, very low quality, disputed, possible vandalism, duplicated answer, excessively long, rollback war)
    – nhahtdh
    Apr 29, 2013 at 4:55
  • @hjpotter92: Uh, what? Apr 29, 2013 at 7:42

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Length is but a symptom of an actual problem with a post. Short posts are not bad, for instance, but oftentimes they miss critical details that make definitively answering a post extremely difficult. It's not that short is bad; it's a symptom.

Likewise, posts that are long may not be bad simply because they're long. Yet, posts that are long are more likely to lack the focus that accompanies conciseness and brevity. Long posts sometimes tend to be long because they contain unnecessary information, or because they contain more than one problem.

For there to be excellent Q&A, there must be focus on a single, answerable problem; any of the above reasons for the long post symptom are reasons that make it difficult to objectively and definitively answer a question.

In the example you linked to, it's clear the asker hasn't narrowed down the problem. This person posts several walls of code and expects the community to narrow it down. Good Q&A involves work from both parties, not just the answerers, but also the asker.

Thus, this is an example of a post that lacks focus due to it's length. The poster posted "all of the code" in hopes that someone will replicate the exact environment and solve all of the problems.

I suggest closing this post as too localized, since it's so specific to this person's situation and unlikely to be helpful to future visitors. However, if the asker narrows down the problem, I suggest reviewing it as a possible candidate to be reopened.

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    Man, this answer seems like it's unnecessarily lon- ohhhh. I see what did here. Apr 29, 2013 at 6:21

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