I know there are 5 different answer flags:

  • spam
    Exists only to promote a product or service, does not disclose the author's affiliation.

  • rude or abusive A reasonable person would find this content inappropriate for respectful discourse.

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

  • very low quality This answer has severe formatting or content problems. This answer is unlikely to be salvageable through editing, and might need to be removed.

  • in need of moderator intervention A problem not listed above that requires action by a moderator. Be specific and detailed!

When should I use each of these - example questions would be useful, including what not to flag. What should be done with link only answers and really badly formatted ones would be nice too.

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    What exactly do you think the flag privilege and the links off of it doesn't cover? – Robert Longson Oct 25 '15 at 22:21
  • @RobertLongson 2) It was 2 years ago so I don't remember that - having it as a meta post would not be a bad idea (that really isn't the place to look for how to guides). 2) Very few examples on those tbh. – Tim Oct 25 '15 at 22:25

As per the privileges page, here are links to guides on when to use what flag:

And 'in need for moderator attention' is just when you think something needs to be done, but the action doesn't fit the above categories

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