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Questions tagged [declined-flags]

Flags that have been declined by a community moderator or other trusted members of the community.

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Allow moderators to reverse and/or nullify flag decisions

We've been getting a lot of complaints about moderator flag decisions being incorrect or inconsistent lately. Flag declined, but question closed for the same reason Why does flag marking as helpful/...
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Why are the moderators being so strict with quality related flags recently?

I recently flagged a question as "very low quality", just like I've flagged many questions in the past. However, my flag was found to be unhelpful this time. The same thing happened when I recently ...
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Explicitly mention who decided the fate of a flag

It used to be that only moderators acted on flags. But now many flags are handled by the community in review queues, and moderators never even see those flags. The feedback users get from flags can ...
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Is it OK to indicate that I downvoted in a comment?

This is from my Flagging Summary: [Me:] Where did my comment go? It was a factual explanation for the -1, and I did keep it strictly neutral in tone. – 7 hours ago [Mod:] declined - ...
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Categorized views in past flags (helpful/declined/disputed)

I like to know it when I do or see something wrong. So I really like our flagging history (x moderator attention flags, y deemed helpful, z declined, etc.) I specifically find the declined / disputed ...
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Users with 100% flag decline rates will never know their flags are being declined if they flag infrequently

The flag warning is shown to a user based on flag statistics within a window of 7 days. This means that flag warnings, and by extension flag bans, are optimized for users who flag a lot. Besides the ...
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Proposed flag decline reasons?

As a precursor to adding decline reasons for suggested edits we have added decline reasons for moderator flags. Because flagging for moderator attention can result in some fairly severe unilateral ...
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Can we introduce comment flag bans as we have for posts flags?

Declined post flags give people warnings and can result in flag bans. Allow recovery from flag hellban There's a rise in both flags and in declined flags, as reviewed in these two questions: Can we ...
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Community-declined close vote flags should point to the review that declined them

Close vote flags are reviewed by the community in the Close Votes review queue. Based on the results of this voting, these flags can be declined if reviewers disagree that the question should be ...
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Why are accepted answers immune from Flagging link-only answers as Not an Answer?

Let's assume you agree with the yoda's corrective action to a link-only-answer (#12) of the Faq Post What is an acceptable answer? [A link only] answer must be improved as described above, else it ...
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When should the “Not an Answer” flag be used? [duplicate]

A few hours ago, I flagged an answer as not an answer. Additionally, I left a comment, basically saying that this answer has nothing to do with the question. My flag got declined with the following ...
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How to deal with rude comments (from the OP) that are not exactly “offensive”?

User A has provided an answer to user B's question. User B (the OP) responded to the answer: No, you CANNOT [do that thing suggested in your answer]. If you do [your suggested aproach] -- well ...
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Are “works for me” answers valid?

I've seen a number of questions where the only code posted is code that functions properly. On that occasion, there will often be a number of users leaving comments stating (and demonstrating) that ...
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Flag declined, but question closed for the same reason [duplicate]

Yesterday I had flagged mysql-select-query, question as "Not a Real Question", and my flag was declined. But when I checked the question today, it had been closed as "Not a Real Question". I don't ...
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7 duplicate-code answers with non-disclosed, self-promotional links contained; flag denied

I made this flag on this post 7 copies; self-promotional: https://stackoverflow.com/a/13182703/237838 https://stackoverflow.com/a/13182681/237838 https://stackoverflow.com/a/13182647/237838 ...
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Guaranteed flag-ban

Related: Allow recovery from flag hellban Note: I am not requesting different action in my case; but thought the behavior was worth bringing up. I had 3 declined flags in row recently (it was a bad ...
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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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Random links promoting online furniture stores are not considered spam because…? [closed]

Saw this when it was still up: Clicked on the link to be sure. (Check ouf for yourself.) The user name was quite telling, too ("Jali Furniture" or some such; note how he's actually destroyed now). ...
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How to answer a question in a declined flag?

I voted for this question to be reopened because the duplicate does not help in answering the question. I also flagged for moderator attention with the following comment: This is closed as a ...
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More informative flagging history for comments

When we enter the flagging history for our account through the number link in our profile, we get a nice list of flagged questions/answers, and on the right a summary of the number of helpful, ...
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Length limit for the “other” field in the Decline Flag dialog

With the new flag decline reasons in place, we have the ability to give a custom reason. It looks like the length limit on that field is pretty small. The flag that sparked this question was about ...
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Is “Too old to migrate” a good reason NOT to migrate? [duplicate]

I flagged this question: Tetris-ing an array with a note: Should this not be moved to codegolf? It is that type of question... And I got the response: declined - Too old to migrate. What does ...
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Declined NAA flag - why? [duplicate]

This answer looks very much as not-an-answer to me but was declined (no evidence). On the bright side: it was at least deleted :-) Screenshot so <10K can judge as well: Any idea as to why my ...
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All users should see their flag history as soon as they make a flag

This is described in more detail here. Rather than waiting for the first flag to be positively handled, as soon as a user makes a flag, they should be able to see a history of the flags they have ...
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Comment: “look for a different line of work”

Updit: I intended this question about a particular comment's content, but the comments here tend to linger on the asker of the question in question and his/her behavior. While such discussion may be ...
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How do I see which comment flags have been declined? [duplicate]

I have previously flagged a comment and the flag has been declined. I am perfectly happy for the flag to have been declined but I would like to know which comment it is so that I can possibly learn ...
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Did I go wrong flagging this sarcastic answer? If so, where?

I came across this answer the other day, which immediately seemed strange due to the use of the term "mix mash", so I read on. Upon reading the whole thing, it seemed like the answer qualified as "...
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“flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer” justified?

I flagged this single-link answer as not an answer. However I got "declined - flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer" response from the mod. I don'...
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How important is Be Nice? Trade-off between being nice and contributing good posts?

Post too long? Concrete questions at the bottom! Recently I had a discussion with one of the moderators on EE.SE who had declined rude / offensive flags on comments that violate the Be Nice policy, ...
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Declined flag, but accepted in practice

I flagged this answer (> 10k only) for being a link-only answer (using the other flag option) and the flag got declined with the following motivation: Let's give him a chance to fix it. It's been 3 ...
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Add new predefined 'decline flag' reasons

When moderators decline flags, they have several predefined reasons to choose from, as well as the ability to type in a custom message. There are several phrases I still find myself typing in ...
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How should the “very low quality” flag be used?

On more than one occasion, across different sites of the network, I have raised the "very low quality" flag. Apparently, a few mods (it came out while discussing after the fact) are unaware that this ...
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Only show unhelpful flags when clicking unhelpful flag count

On user accounts, there is a total count of a user's flags in the following format [total flag count] ([unhelpful flag count]) Both the total flag count and unhelpful flag counts link to /users/...
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Possibly offensive usernames

I flagged this user as having a possibly offensive name (another example): I said "possibly offensive" because it's possible it's a genuine surname I wasn't aware of, but googleing didn't show any ...
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When should the “Too chatty” flag for comments be used?

So, in the spirit of George's question, I decided to try my hand at flagging comments again, and flagged a comment as "too chatty". The question I found was non-constructive in my opinion, but ...
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Show declined flags in inbox

I propose that moderator flags which are declined should show up in the global inbox, as a way to more clearly and reliably educate the user on why their flags are declined, thus improving the quality ...
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What is the guidance for using “Standard Flags?”

I recently flagged a question with a custom flag reason, explaining in detail why I thought it should be closed (I don't have close privileges on the site in question). My flag was rejected with the ...
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How long should one wait before flagging as NARQ? [closed]

Recently a question came up on SO which was very poor and IMO it was not a real question*. I considered some options, but ended up leaving a comment and a downvote on the question; hoping to prompt a ...
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Why was this 'not-an-answer' flag declined? [duplicate]

I flagged this answer as Not An Answer (NAA), because while this does point the OP in the direction of the correct answer, the answer as written should be a comment. In the event the answer gets ...
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Isn't this a serial voteup? [closed]

A profile I visited yesterday clearly had 14 serial votes ( 8 vote up on question and 6 vote up on answer ) in two minutes. I have very good flag history of finding such false voting. However ...
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My Spam flag was declined… What's the tipping point for spam?

I flagged an answer on this SO question as spam: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/18350304/how-to-convert-rdl-file-into-pdf-using-ssrs/ Since the answer is deleted, here's its content (with the ...
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Should +1 and thanks comments be a declined flag?

As a moderator for GD.SE I was always led to believe our role is to clean old comments as they are intended to be a temporary item depending on the level of context and if they add any benefit to an ...
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Your answer is in another castle Part 2: can we stop the confusion about NAA flags and posts that tackle a different question from the one posted?

DISCLAIMER: This is not yet another post trying to discuss what NAA posts are and / or answers to different questions are NAA. What this post is trying to do is to find a way to stop people for having ...
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“fun” comment flagged as not constructive - Why was it declined?

I flagged the "All is lost. The end is nigh" comment on this question as not constructive. It was declined without any comments and I was wondering why. Was it considered somewhat funny and therefore ...
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Should I not flag a rhetorical question posted as an answer?

I flagged this answer as not an answer. Now, I know that I was wrong because the flag was declined by a moderator. I thought that the answer was a rhetorical question (I believe it is but I could be ...
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Flag on nonsense rejected, and I don't know why [duplicate]

Take a look at this answer: https://stackoverflow.com/a/11898022/1709587 It doesn't seem like any kind of attempt to answer the question, and it's hard to guess at how it came into being at all. The ...
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Asking the community for a reality check on my flags

Lately a significant (to me) percentage of my flags have been declined by the mods. Examples: Compare Columns B and C then shift data flagged as: too localized This question is asking for a help ...
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Is this really not spam?

Today I flagged this answer as spam. I thought it was really obvious, user linking to a site with same name as the user, the link was also in the profile. Additionally the answer seemed rather content-...
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A “Works for me answer” flagged as Not an answer was declined, is that a valid declination?

I just got my flag declined on this answer. This answer is nothing more than a request for clarification combined with a "Works for me, though!" and should not be considered a valid answer. Was this ...
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How to flag an answer that does not answer the question? [duplicate]

I have flagged this answer as "not an answer" - the description of the flag is: This was posted as an answer, but it does not answer the question. It should possibly be an edit, a comment, another ...