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Should people flag posts that are not programming related, or just add a comment saying such?

The big red box and text "flag with care" makes me question whether or not this is appropriate use of flags. I feel like if this is important enough to flag perhaps a fourth option should be in the list specifically for this since it'd be a common reason for flagging.

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  • What level of rep are you talking about? You mean as an option for those under 3K? – random Jan 28 '10 at 14:47
  • Add a comment. It's visible to all users and gets back to the OP. – ChrisF Jan 28 '10 at 14:56
  • @random, I have 2366 rep. I didn't know about the option to vote to close questions as "Not Programming Related" at 3K which answers my question. – Sam Jan 28 '10 at 14:58
  • I just hit 3K. I see "close" link now. :-) – Sam Feb 4 '10 at 3:26
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Once you acquire 3,000 rep, you will be able to vote to close questions as "Not Programming Related." There are plenty of users with sufficient rep to close-vote these types of posts, so please don't flag them for moderator attention. If you currently do not have the power to close-vote, work really hard to acquire it :)

  • Thanks, that's exactly what I needed. I'll be at 3K soon. :-) – Sam Jan 28 '10 at 14:56
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I feel that "flagging" questions for close-able reasons is the responsibility of +3,000-rep users (i.e. vote to close).

The flagging system isn't really designed to give you voice in areas where you have not earned the experience/reputation. Flagging is designed to bring quick attention to egregious problems that require special/expedient consideration of a moderator.

"Not programming related" doesn't fit that criteria.

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Whatever you do, please, please, please do not tag it as "not-programming-related". This misuse of the tag system is endemic, and it drives me nuts!

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