The current wording:

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

The wording of this flag leads me and I think a great many others to thing that content problems means that when the answer is very obviously wrong or more rant than answer it is the correct flag to use.

However across SE the mods disagree and decline this flag.

Could we reword this flag to be more specific like:

This answer is unintelligible or otherwise unreadable and is unlikely to be salvageable through editing, and might need to be removed.

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I am a mod, and I use and support the usage of this flag for answers with very bad formatting and also for the ones which are very low quality in terms of content (like, link-only answers, rants, etc).

So, the current wording is very appropriate for the way it is intended to be used. Also, your rewording suggestion completely changes the intention of the flag, and limits it to only badly formatted answers.

  • What are you a mod on? Your profile doesn't say May 4, 2017 at 17:02
  • @user00001 devops.stackexchange.com
    – Dawny33
    May 4, 2017 at 17:03
  • @Dawny33 I am open to a wording change that clarifies what is a severe content problem is then.
    – Chad
    May 4, 2017 at 17:06
  • @caird it's visible in the network profile, not part of the per-site profiles due to the "low" reputation. Worth starting a feature request asking to place accounts with diamond on top, regardless of reputation. Jun 3, 2017 at 19:02
  • @ShadowWizard on the app when looking at the sites it doesn't show Jun 3, 2017 at 19:03
  • @caird android app I guess? Yeah, it simply does not show diamonds on user's sites list, it's just bad design. Jun 3, 2017 at 19:07
  • @ShadowWizard iOS app Jun 3, 2017 at 19:25
  • The suggested wording is much closer to how these flags seem to be handled on Stack Overflow. I think that is where the disconnect is.
    – jscs
    Jun 4, 2017 at 0:46
  • @JoshCaswell - Because on SO on topic is much more black and white than on some of the more subjective sites, like most of the SE sites. SO and SE are seperated enough now I hope we can find a way to communicate the proper intent of this flag on SE.
    – Chad
    Jun 5, 2017 at 14:48
  • I'm very much in favor of the flag being handled on SO as you describe, but the current state is otherwise.
    – jscs
    Jun 5, 2017 at 16:00

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