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Understanding the rejection decision of a flag [duplicate]

I spend a decent amount of time on Stack Overflow reading questions and answers, so I also end up flagging a lot. Yesterday, I flagged this answer as not an answer because: it only contains a link to ...
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Sub-par Answer vs. Not an Answer [duplicate]

I ran across a flagged answer (it is deleted now, so you need enough rep to see it) which is basically a link to a blog post. The link explains precisely how to do what's asked in the question, so I ...
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Remove review audit for 20K users who have all badges in that queue

This is something that has been bothering me for a while actually. On Stack Overflow, I'm a 20K+ user who spends a decent amount of time in the review queues (I have Steward badges for two of them). ...
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my completely good answer deleted, how to appeal?

I just noticed that my answer here was deleted by moderator Robert Harvey ♦. It has vote count of +11/-5, which means at least 11 people thought is was actually good. It was posted the same second as ...
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How do I properly use the “Not an Answer” flag?

What is the "Not an Answer" flag and what is its purpose? When should I use this flag? When should I not use this flag? But I'm still not sure if I'm using the flag correctly... An answer is "Not an ...
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Please change the guidance for “convert to comment” to emphasize that this should only be used for comments posted as answers

Moderators have long had access to a tool for converting answers into comments. The guidance for this tool reads as follows: Answers should be converted to comments when they contain useful ...
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Strategy to handle answers containing GitHub links

I spend a fair amount of my time on Stack Overflow in the review queues, typically in the 10k tools for reviewing flags (NAA, New Answers to Old questions), and I think it might be fair to say that we ...
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Why were these “Very low quality” flags declined?

I flagged both this and that answers for "very low quality". The former because it's just a link without even a minimal summary, and the second because it isn't comprehensible whatsoever. Both were ...
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Was it a mistake to flag these answers? [duplicate]

My not an answer flags for the below answers were declined "a moderator reviewed your flag, but found no evidence to support it". I am sorry I am kind of sleepy .. but you can read here to get an ...
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Review Late Answers - Why is there no Link-only-answer?

When I do reviewing Late Answers sometimes I want mark a answer as link-only-answer but there is no such option. So I use the general "moderation attention" flag with a comment. Is there a better way ...
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When is it wrong to flag a link-only answer?

I'm getting very confused about flagging link-only answers as it seems that the policy has changed over time and doesn't seem to be consistent (at least to me). When I come across an answer that ...
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Possible illegal content linked on answer?

This question's only answer suggested illegally downloading a book - I flagged it with other and this stipulation but it's been up for almost 24 hours. What else can I / should I do here?
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Should all link-only answers be considered very low quality? [duplicate]

My "very low quality" flag of this answer has been declined, with a note that The correct procedure here is to comment, down-vote or even edit. I don't think there is much to comment on an answer ...
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What to do when an answer links to a subscription-only site?

In this question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/3587959/wpf-datagrid-binding-a-custom-column The OP answered his own question adding a link to Experts Exchange which you can not see unless you ...
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Is the Not-an-answer flag overflow considered a problem?

We see these kind of statistics all the time: Most of the flags are not an answer flags and many of those are actually invalid flags since many users flag incorrect or low-quality answers as not an ...
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What to do when a new user makes a post with a helpful link

Today I failed a test when reviewing late answers from new users. The user made a post with a single link and I didn't do anything with it. The answer was useful, but it should have been a comment ...
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Moderator declined flag “Link-only answer” [closed]

I often try to flag inappropriate content. For instance I flagged the following answers for moderator attention with a message Link-only answer: Support for script_file in Nest library for ...
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Why was this “not an answer” flag declined when the answer is obviously a comment? [duplicate]

I recently asked this question: How to enable more than 2 finger support in Chrome? The question asked (tl;dr version): Is it possible to instruct Chrome to listen to more than two simultaneous ...
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Answer deleted without explanation - and without obvious flaw in the answer

My answer has just been deleted without explanation. I would like to get one, because I don't see what the problem is. ELMAH is a great library - with which I am not affiliated in any way - to log ...
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Can we clarify or remove the Not An Answer flag reason?

In light of the discussion here (verdict: NAA is not to be used for "Answers a different question") and here, the NAA flag seems a bit redundant and ambiguous to me. AFAICT, the current legitimate ...
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Why is this answer VLQ ? (audit) [closed]

I've come across an audit I failed while reviewing the VLQ queue. The question was about a PHP hit counter that wasn't working (it was due to an incorrect filename extension). The answer was: ...
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Review of rules for deleting answers

See deleted answer: https://stackoverflow.com/a/16495860/41403 I appreciate the moderators have a thankless, unpaid voluntary task. But over-moderation is a great way to turn this site into another ...
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Proposal for making the meaning of “Not an Answer” flags clearer

SE has specific flagging reasons, not to make it possible to flag (we already have that with custom flags), but to give guidance on valid reasons to flag. The "Not an Answer" flag comes with a ...
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Since moderators are just asking users to flag a custom “Link only answer,” can we permanently make this a flag option? [duplicate]

For a couple weeks, moderators have been declining not an answer flags on link-only answers: declined - Please don't flag link only answers as 'not an answer': When should you decide whether to ...
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1answer
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Why was my flag declined for a “See this link” answer?

I flagged this answer, with the custom reason "link-only answer" and it was decilned for "flags should only be used to make moderators aware of content that requires their intervention" Can somebody ...
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Why is this answer not considered “link only”?

I came across this answer that I flagged as "a link only answer" (flagged manually, not via low quality review task): Maybe it's your antivirus. Are you using avast if so look at this https://...
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1answer
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How should answers containing just a link be flagged? [duplicate]

I flagged an answer as not an answer because it contained just a link (or a little more than a link), and my flag was rejected because, "flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or ...
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1answer
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Why can I recommend deleting an answer as link-only when reviewing, but I'm not allowed to flag as link-only?

When reviewing (LQ and AFAIR FP) I can recommend deleting an answer as link-only. It's a suggestion that link-only answers are bad and should dissapear from the system. However, there's no option to ...
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1answer
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Flag declined, link-only answer subsequently deleted [duplicate]

I flagged Runtime Error 3061 Help (ms access) as very low quality on the grounds that it was an answer consisting only of links, and was notified: very low quality – 18 hours ago declined - a ...
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1answer
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Why a link-only answer flag declined? [duplicate]

I flagged this one as "not an answer": VS2008 Unit Tests: How to include a message with a "success" My flag got declined: declined - flags should not be used to indicate technical ...
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1answer
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Is there consensus among mods about flagging too short answers?

According to this and this answers I've always thought that flagging one-liners or too short answers was good practice. In particular the latter (by Tim Post) has near the end (emphasis mine): ...
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Are link-only flags moderated correctly?

I have flagged some link-only answers recently and some of them are declined with the common reason: declined - a moderator reviewed your flag, but found no evidence to support it Flagged post: ...
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flag declined with message “declined - Answers don't need to be flagged just because they're link-only.”

Although these types of flags have been received positively in the past (you can see my flagging history, if you are allowed). I strongly believe that links should be used in comments and not answers. ...
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I flagged a link-only answer as “not an answer” but my flag was declined [duplicate]

Earlier I flagged this "answer": Please used this tutorial here I flagged it as "not an answer" since this is how we are supposed to flag link-only answers, but received the following response. ...
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1answer
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Highly upvoted and accepted link only answer [duplicate]

I ran into this question today: How to execute an SSIS package from .NET? The accepted answer with 32 upvotes is just a link. Its a pretty old one too, which is probably why it hasn't been picked up ...
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Why was my link only answer flag for this question declined? [duplicate]

Why was my (Link only answer) flag for this question declined with the message: flags should only be used to make moderators aware of content that requires their intervention
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Is it fine to flag one line answers or link-only answers? [duplicate]

Recently I noticed one person who gave two answers in one hour. In the first answer he/she just added one link and another answer he just added few words in the answer. Stack Overflow provides a ...
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How to flag a link-only answer to make it land in Low Quality review queue?

In the review queue, I see posts flagged as link-only answer and I can recommend deletion with that reason. But normally, I can't find the option to flag something as link-only answer. There's only '...
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Is it appropriate to flag or downvote an answer that (only) links to a service that no longer seems to work?

As an example, someone mentioned a service which has not been renewed by the original owner. This is the whole answer: I have had your problem many times. There is a good Word / Excel clean-up site ...
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1answer
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Non-answer answers to non-question questions [duplicate]

I keep seeing answers like this pop up in the Review queue: https://stackoverflow.com/a/22059731/399649 There is another source for VoIP. You should have a look at https://code.google.com/p/idoubs/...
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Disputed link-only flag. Why? [duplicate]

Today I flagged this answer as "low-quality", since it mainly consist in a link to a blog post and a pretty neutral opinion. The link itself is not really useful too - though interesting, it doesn't ...
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Declined Not an Answer flag [duplicate]

First, I apologize for yet another declined flag post. However, this question specifically states: "I don't need to be able to go from string to value again." And this answer specifically answers ...
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I can't flag anymore a Link-only answer [duplicate]

I recently flag an answer as Low Quality since it is only a link. Later on, the flag went disputed without editing on the answer (I don't know why). Then I cannot flag the question again, so I ...
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jsfiddle only answers again

Not so far ago SO implemented "no links to jsfiddle only please" restriction to answers and questions, now it is even worse. Users start to place jsfiddles like the following: please check my ...
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How to handle an answer that only points to a resource? [duplicate]

When I'm reviewing items I sometimes come across answers like this: Here's what you are looking for: www.domain.com/resource.aspx How should one handle these? By adding a comment?
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Split up the “not an answer” flag reason

I think it would make sense to split up the flag "This is not an answer" into three flag choices: This should be a comment This should be an edit This should be a new question If we had that, it ...
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Enable the VLQ flag option on upvoted posts for users with good flagging history

On posts with a positive score, the very low quality flag option isn't enabled. This is great for many instances - if a post is +7, it's most likely high quality. We don't want unexperienced users ...
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When should I defer from flagging a link only answer?

What made me ask? I flagged this (only for 10K users) answer as a Not an Answer, moderator declined it saying declined - flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an ...
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Flag time is missing in Spam type flag [duplicate]

Here is screen shot of my recent flag history, As we can see that after handling of flag by moderator each flag is showing the time when I flagged that post. But in case of flag like "Spam" or "...
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Has the policy changed on link-only answers? [duplicate]

I had a flag on a link-only answer declined several minutes ago: not an answer – dasblinkenlight 6 mins ago declined - A link only answer is an answer - just a bad answer and should be down-voted ...

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