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Let's Plan the Second Iteration of the Stack Exchange Quality Project!

In case you missed the first one, check out the se-quality-project tag. The quality project isn't one that we plan to ever finish, it's perennial and kicks in every 18 months or so after we've had ...
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What is the XY problem?

What is the XY problem? When asking questions, how do I recognize when I'm falling into it? How do I avoid it? Return to FAQ index
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Allow an edit to notify downvoters: “I think I've fixed the issue now - please check”

To me, a downvote usually indicates a problem with an answer. When I downvote it's to mark the answer as having a problem, not the person. If the answer is fixed, I want to remove that downvote - but ...
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What privilege should 30k users get?

The last time we lifted the level cap was in 2015. In 2014, we added a unilateral close-as-duplicate power for gold tag badge holders, but no new reputation level. So we've been thinking about giving ...
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Allow flagging a comment after upvoting it

It's sad to upvote a comment on a post that's subsequently updated in a way that renders the comment obsolete and not be able flag it afterwards. There may well be other cases where one would want to ...
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Drop “not constructive”, combine “noisy”, reword “rude” and “other” comment flags

The problem Comments are terrible; no one agrees on what they're for, or how long they should be kept. Comment flags are equally terrible, because if no one's on the same page as far as what should ...
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Change “comment” to “critique or request clarification”

Got around to talking about comment flags with Robert Cartaino this morning... We're working on rejiggering the flagging options to make it a bit more obvious when stuff should be flagged, with the ...
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Community deletion of comments should raise a moderator flag

At present, truly rude or offensive comments can be deleted by the community with a single flag if they contain particular words or by a group of flags on the same comment. These comment deletions ...
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Drop “noisy” comment flags from the moderator queue unless an answer has 5 or more comments

The problem There are a huge number of noisy comments, and they generate a huge number of flags. But, a large number of flags are raised on comments where they won't do very much good: if there's ...
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Should moderators be able to see who flags a comment? [duplicate]

Background, elaborating on my answer here: There are 3 queues of flags: Comment Flags Moderator Flags (where you type in the little message) Spam/Offensive (That 10K Users can see) Moderator Flags ...
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Does the 'not constructive' flag have a strongly negative connotation? If so, can we have more detailed clarity on its use?

I've been happily comment-flagging away on the sites with what I thought was a good understanding of the comment flag system. There are some posts on non-constructive flags, but none that I can see ...
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What does “not constructive” mean, and how does it differ from “too chatty”? [duplicate]

When flagging a comment to be deleted, the possible flags are "rude or offensive", "not constructive", "obsolete", "too chatty", and custom. I'm trying to figure out what "not constructive" means in ...
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C'mon, please give us a hint: how authoritative is that “obsolete comment” flag?

Comment flags do not show who did the flagging, which is usually fine -- as a moderator reviewing such flags I can evaluate whether something is "not constructive" or "too chatty" or "offensive" ...
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Obsolete comment flags should notify the original commenter in advance of moderators

Simple enough: The OP is the best judge of whether the comment is obsolete, and has no particular incentive to be unscrupulous in leaving an old comment - and even if they did, chances are this ...
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Add an “answer in comments” flag reason

Answers in comments are a thing comments aren't for. It's an issue enough for RPG.SE and for IPS.SE that we have meta topics saying not to do it, and on the site I moderate, "answer in comments" or ...

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