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Recently, on this same site, I reviewed https://meta.stackexchange.com/review/low-quality-posts/42346. That was a two-day-old discussion answer on a discussion question and required two Looks OK to dismiss, so it wasn't an auto-flag. And given the content, I can't see any way anyone who knows what Meta is for could sincerely flag that as either VLQ or NAA. (It's further suggestions for/amendments to a pending feature. How much more answer-y can you get?)

It's bad enough that we have to live with downvotes for disagreement as an unfortunate but natural consequence of using Meta for opinion-based questions (aka ). Using flags for disagreement are a whole nother story, and I for one find that pretty despicable. "I don't like what you're saying, so I'm going to ask some reviewers to delete it" is a really terrible way to go about policy decisions. And while we already discourage using flags for wrong answers on all sites, it doesn't seem that that's enough to prevent a fair number of flags for answers that are only subjectively disagreed with, policy-wise. (Although this does not appear to show up on any other site than M.SE.)

Can we actively discourage this in some way, perhaps simply through Meta consensus?

Similar recent reviews: 1, 2.

  • That question shows a consensus on the issue; idk if that's what you were looking for. – The Guy with The Hat Dec 27 '15 at 1:00
  • @TheGuywithTheTux: Not exactly. This is a bit beyond that, and it's unique to Meta. (I've not seen it on site metas, even, although I wouldn't be too surprised if it shows up occasionally.) – Nathan Tuggy Dec 27 '15 at 1:06
  • It needed two "looks ok", so it was two flags. – Braiam Dec 27 '15 at 2:10
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    Yeah, met some of those flags in review queues, and declined them. That's all I can do. Share your feelings. Don't know why you are being DV'ed. – Deer Hunter Dec 27 '15 at 8:27
  • @DeerHunter: Thanks. Maybe the downvoters aren't catching the distinction between normal-site flagging bad behavior and Meta-only misbehavior? Maybe they want super-downvotes? I don't know either, but it's certainly an unpleasant surprise to get such a chilly reception. – Nathan Tuggy Dec 27 '15 at 8:29
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    The duplicate doesn't apply as this post is explicitly about flagging in MSE which has its own dynamic as stated by the OP. Closing this is denying that dynamic and the needed discussion. – rene Dec 27 '15 at 14:33
  • @rene agreed - MSE is a special case and deserves its own discussion – psubsee2003 Dec 27 '15 at 21:34
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Any user can ask for an answer to be deleted, but it takes a lot of people to say "yes" before it actually is deleted, and that's very unlikely to happen. Just keep reviewing these the way you have been.

Too many declined flags also leads to a flag ban. The system will take care of this if it's a systemic problem on the part of the flagging user.

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  • We can at least discourage these flags a bit more, I think. – Nathan Tuggy Dec 27 '15 at 0:46
  • @NathanTuggy Sounds like an important part to include in your question, if that's what you're asking for – user206222 Dec 27 '15 at 0:47
  • I assumed that's what discussion was for.... – Nathan Tuggy Dec 27 '15 at 0:48
  • Keep in mind on MSE, there are only about 90 users who can cast delete votes on answers (at the time of this writing). The LQ review queue changes that slightly but it still takes number of recommend delete votes to remove an answer. – psubsee2003 Dec 27 '15 at 21:29

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