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Do 10k users / ♦ moderators get notified if a comment is flagged and handled automatically?

The person who posted a comment does not get notified if their comment is flagged. The ♦ moderators have a flag queue where they can see comments that have been flagged and have not been deleted yet. ...
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Show links to helpful flags and votes cast while user is suspended or below 15 reputation

Occasionally, I see users get suspended, or even if I am suspended, the helpful flags and votes cast are hidden. This is due to suspension causing reputation to be locked at 1. It just says 1/15 ...
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Please add summary list for flags against a user, like on other flag views

The user page includes link to a summary of flags raised and what happened to them, like this: The links in the summary make it easier to find or review particular flags or groups -- very helpful! ...
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Do not let comment flags invalidate reopen reviews

So, apparently, there is a feature that edits on posts that are on hold only push the post into the reopen queue if the author of the edit has not flagged the post. As in the linked question on ELL....
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Cannot flag as “should be closed…” after removing a “duplicate” flag

After removing a duplicate flag, I am unable to flag the question as "should be closed...". I am guessing this is because the duplicate flag is under "should be closed...". Is this intended? If so, ...
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Update Help Center page about spam/abusive flags

The Help Center page about the Flag Posts privilege currently states: What happens when I flag something as spam or abusive? The spam and abusive flags are designed to automatically eliminate ...
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How should I handle useless answers on bountied questions? [duplicate]

Most of the times, when I start a bounty on a question without any answer for a long time, I got several useless answers. Sometimes these are off-topic "spam" and contain a solution which is not ...
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Please give us an easy way to flag inappropriate ads

According to a comment on Workplace Meta, the ads experiment will be running for a while: @DavidK The experiment will last 6 months - so most of the this year. We're planning a recap at the end to ...
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Repeated downvotes on my posts [duplicate]

Yesterday someone started downvoting my answers. I ignored the downvotes knowing that the system will reverse them, and the system did reverse some of those downvotes. Today I flagged one of my ...
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Does accepting an answer invalidate a Low Quality Post review task?

I have encountered a post with a weird timeline: 13:19 - Answer was posted. 13:20 - Answer was flagged as Very Low Quality. 13:35 - A Low-Quality review task was created. 13:36 - Answer was ...
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Flagging a series of no longer necessary comments [duplicate]

I have several times seen situations where there is a conversation in comments that is no longer necessary (e.g. "can you clarify x", "clarification", "you should ask x as a separate question", "okay, ...
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Moderator flag dashboard design refresh (alpha)

Earlier this year, we started work on a design refresh for the moderator flag dashboard, and ran a limited alpha on a few sites. Today, we're opening it up to the rest of the network, with the goal ...
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Examples of questions on Meta.SE that would merit a Very Low Quality (VLQ) flag

In this answer responding to a user asking about why their Very Low Quality (VLQ) flag was declined on a blatantly off-topic question here on Meta.SE, Tinkeringbell ♦ mentions, The VLQ flag IS NOT ...
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Is the VLQ flag appropriate for blatantly off-topic questions here on MSE?

The endless stream of blatantly off-topic questions never ceases to flow into MSE, which is a topic that's been brought up many times. I've written a userscript that automatically casts a close vote, ...
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Why do we get fewer characters in custom mod flags on comments than on posts?

I recently went to raise a custom mod flag on a troublesome comment, and found myself running up against the character limit. I thought that I had raised custom flags with much longer comments before, ...
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Providing a “flag-to-queue” option for moderators [duplicate]

Currently, posts deemed by someone in the community to be in need of being closed or reopened are sent to the close/reopen review queues by clicking a link below the post. However, if a moderator ...
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I'd like to be able to see “Unfriendly” flags lodged against me

I think it would be beneficial to be able to see comments of mine that have had unfriendly flags ("It contains harassment, bigotry, or abuse." and "It's unfriendly or unkind.") lodged against them. ...
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Should I edit abusive posts?

When I see a abusive post that is a bit beyond PG-13 like: Go punch sand you lint-licker I will flag it as abusive but I feel like I shouldn't leave such profanities up for other people to see ...
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It's (sometimes) possible to cast another flag on a question you have a pending VLQ flag on

I flagged this now-deleted Cross Validated question as Very Low Quality. When I looked at it an hour later, I noticed that the VLQ flagging option was gone (presumably because it was in a review queue ...
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Add a time-based filter option for flagging history stats

TL;DR: I'm proposing the addition of a time-based filter to the Flag Summary page so that I can display the stats for just the most recent flags I've raised (say, in the last month) and thus review at ...
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What do I do when I can't vote to close a question but want a mod to look at it?

I found a related question What is the guidance for using "Standard Flags?" about using standard flags and custom moderator intervention flag. Using custom flag directly takes them to ...
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Option to migrate comment to answer? [duplicate]

A lot of times I see answers in comments, especially on questions from HNQ (Hot Network Questions). The trouble is they are sometimes helpful advice or may have many upvotes. I have been flagging such ...
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Flag button disappears after flagging as a moderator [closed]

When I flag an answer as a ♦ moderator, the flag button/link becomes hidden. Granted, it's not an option I use very often, but flagging as VLQ/NAA might work if you want the community to decide ...
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How can I get spam deleted faster?

Usually spam I see on the SE network is deleted very fast. But occasionally the system utterly fails and we're left with spam on the site for hours. Sometimes this happens because nobody's there to ...
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Am I supposed to be reviewing spam flags? [duplicate]

I was just chatting in chat when I saw a little ping-like circle except it was blue and on the wrong side. So I did what any good citizen would do and I clicked it. It quickly prompted me to review a ...
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What should I do about unjustly closed questions? [closed]

When I browse through Stack Overflow, I sometimes see closed questions which shouldn't be closed in my opinion. For example, this question is closed. I flagged it as "in need of moderator intervention"...
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Why aren't you automatically warned when a comment of your is deleted as offensive? [duplicate]

Recently I caustically commented a just-do-it-for-me question by an old user with "More than 7000 (!) reputation points without trying to do something by yourself and adding an MWE?" My comment was ...
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Re-voting for reopening doesn't show notification message after second vote, but re-voting for deletion does

If you re-voting for post deletion notification message will be shown each time. But for re-opening it works differently. Notification message shown only for first click. Looks inconsistent.
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Don't clear the custom flag message when dismissing the window

It has happened with me a lot of times, when the text I wrote was cleared after a flag dialog was dismissed. Please, don't clear the message, when window dismisses.
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A place to make notes on the mod dashboard

When there are some special circumstances related to the mod's flags section (dashboard), it would be really useful if moderators could make brief notes concerning a certain flag right on the ...
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Any pending spam flags on answers are dismissed if the question is (self-)deleted

This question is related to a post that showed up on meta.SO today: it seems like (self-)deletion of the question dismisses pending spam flags on answers. This appears to be a bug, since this post (...
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Are old, link-only answers not-an-answer?

Yesterday I stumbled upon this answer due to the question being bumped. It is, by the official definition, considered not an answer: If you strip the markup (link), you are left with NO useful ...
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Flags description uses different number of moderators

There is inconsistency with the number of moderators in the recently added section for flag description (emphasis is mine): helpful A "helpful" flag is one that moderators or other trusted members ...
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Safari - overlapping boxes on mobile flag page

On Safari when I went to my flag summary I noticed the Rude or Abusive and Pending boxes overlapped each other: This doesn't happen with other flags like Not an Answer of Low Quality as they don't ...
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Is the flagging message “we take your reports seriously” generic or specific?

I created this account about a year ago, and have been flagging things steadily (if infrequently) since then. After I submit a flag, I get a pop-up reading Thanks for flagging! We take your reports ...
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Does “attacks a person or a group” include attacking a person who isn't a user of the site?

When flagging a comment, one of the options is It contains harassment, bigotry, or abuse. This comment attacks a person or group. Learn more in our Code of Conduct. and the quoted section of the ...
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Come across a post that needs flagging but ran out of flags

Say if I come across a post that needs to be flagged. For example, it is SPAM, Rude or Offensive or Not An Answer. Then I realise I have reached my daily flag limit. What should be done to alert ...
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Allow me to hide the “what are flags?” banner please!

Recently, this text popped up on my flags-history page: Flagging is a way to bring inappropriate content or behavior to the attention of the community. See: What is flagging? These are the flags ...
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Comment flag reasons with the link to CoC

What is the reason to separate the first two items in the comment flagging popup? This sepation makes me to think hard is I choosed the correct one. Furthermore, just imagine that the user has ...
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People vote reputation, myth or reality?

Hypothetic situation: You answer a question, a couple of minutes later another user with much more reputation than you post the same answer. And that's all for you in that question! All votes go ...
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What are the exact criteria for a question to have VLQ as a flag option?

I am very confused. The VLQ flag is automatically deemed helpful when the question is closed. However, it doesn't always appear on a question, and its appearance is very inconsistent (IMO). Known ...
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Is it appropriate to flag another comment “no longer needed” after writing a similar, more precise one?

I just came across a question on Stack Overflow, and asked the OP to enhance his problem statement. Another person did the same in parallel, ending up with: Now, I am simply wondering: is it ...
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Which flag to use for questions that are not minimal? [closed]

It is quite common to enconter a question such as this, which is not a bad question; it has a description of the problem, some code, and the desired outcome, but is simply not minimal. My question is,...
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Should I worry about my aged away flag count?

So on Stack Overflow, I have a lot of aged-away flags. The helpful flags to aged away flags ratio seems out of balance. I have 38 helpful and 21 aged away. I only have one retracted, and it was ...
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Allow unflagging comments [duplicate]

I recently flagged a comment as unfriendly/unkind, but after returning to it after some time, I think I may have made a mistake. So can we be allowed to unflag comments?
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Turn VLQ flags on questions into red flags on selected sites [duplicate]

The very low quality flag is intended to mark posts that are unsalvageable and need to be removed as fast as possible. In the past these flags also had an automatic downvote from the Community user. (...
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Description of single item is weird when flagging the own post

When I flag a post where I'm the original poster I see the following popup where only one item can be selected: There are no items above (and below too), and I’m not sure that current wording is ...
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Flag as “a duplicate” vs “should be closed -> duplicate of”

I recently noticed that there are two very similar flags that can be used, "a duplicate" and "should be closed -> duplicate of". They look like they should accomplish the exact same task, and I don't ...
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Why should a flag be declined if it was correct at the time? [duplicate]

A question was posted a couple of days ago that was blatantly off topic. I do not yet have 3,000 reputation here so I am unable to vote to close a question. Instead I flagged it with the "Blatantly ...
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Should an Answer deleted by a moderator have a different/informative “can't undelete” message when voted to undelete?

Background: This question originated here as a genuine point of confusion from a UX message. The confusion was cleared up and the problem solved, but then a UX discussion came up and included ...