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Sentence caps for the flags in your flag history

On Stack Overflow, your flag history shows flags you've raised with proper capitalization: Whereas on all other sites, like on Meta, the flags aren't capitalized: That makes it inconsistent, and I ...
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URL text box is no longer autofocused in duplicate flag dialog

Reproduce: Goto any question Enable keyboard shortcuts, and press M F 4 (or alternatively just click Flag->a duplicate) Observe that the text box is not autofocused. (so you have to click on it or ...
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In flagging dialog, IF “too old to migrate” THEN remove the tip “… or belongs on another Stack Exchange site”

I spotted a question which I think clearly belongs on another site. I tried to flag that, and one of the options was "needs improvement", which includes the situation where "This ...
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Add a filter for custom flags in your flag history

In my flag history, there is no filter to view only the "in need of moderator intervention" flags you've raised. I went to find a specific custom flag that had been declined to review it, ...
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Pattern of plagiarism - one flag or flag-per-instance?

I've read What to do when plagiarism is discovered, which says this about a pattern of plagiarism: If it looks like there is an egregious pattern of plagiarism, and deletions seem necessary, flag for ...
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Wrong rate limit message when attempting to flag a comment

When clicking the flag link on a comment, I got the following message (emphasis mine): You may only attempt to flag this comment every 3 seconds. However, that's incorrect; it was my first attempt ...
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Can I use spam and RA flags interchangeably? [duplicate]

If I flag trolling as spam, or flag spam as rude or abusive, will that be a big deal? Sometimes I come across a malicious post but at first glance I can't tell whether it's spam or trolling. In that ...
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<3k users can raise two flags on the same question using keyboard shortcuts

Normally, you can only flag a post once: once you've raised, say, a spam flag on a question, the system will prevent you from casting a recommend closure flag using the mouse. On one site, I raised a ...
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When I encounter an audit, can I write anything into the custom flag box?

When I review posts and encounter an audit, and I've confirmed that it's an audit that wants me to flag/downvote/close the post (by opening the actual question in another tab), is it a free ticket to ...
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How to “Be precise” without explaining anything

I just flagged a post for custom moderator intervention and I was asked to be precise and detailed in my explanation. And then the box ended with like two tweets length. Seriously? I should be precise ...
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Moderation tools for spam [duplicate]

What kind of moderation tools are available in Stackexchange to delete questions automatically that contain specified keywords or download links? It's been few weeks that I see someone making new ...
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Don't dismiss custom flags when a question is closed by a moderator

Back in 2013, the system was changed so that when a question was closed, any custom moderator flags on it would not be automatically dismissed. However, this seems to only work when a question is ...
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Is it acceptable to team up with other users to cause flag-based autodeletion of comments and posts?

This may be a controversial question, but I think it is important to know the opinion of the community (and hopefully of SE) on this. In the comments on a recent answer to another question, I have ...
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Ticket Smash - How is the backlog today?

In We expect some Q3 projects to be delayed "Ticket Smash" was announced: No tomorrows. No excuses. Ticket Smash on September 8th - September 18th In total we have almost 600 unhandled CM ...
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Are “trigger keywords” matched in mentioned usernames as well?

I have read How does comment voting and flagging work? Comments containing certain "trigger" keywords are deleted instantly after a single flag, regardless of upvotes. The list of trigger ...
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Cannot flag duplicate question if it has the identical title [duplicate]

Why we do not refuel and assemble in orbit? - Space Exploration Meta Stack Exchange Why we do not refuel and assemble in orbit? - Space Exploration Meta Stack Exchange are identical posts. I tried to ...
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What's up with the new way of categorizing flags?

I know this is something that's been implemented a few months ago, but I never had the time to seriously look at it, and actually post something on Meta. I'm completely lost with the way the flags ...
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How to report bad reviewers

I found a bad review and wondered if it should be flagged. Luckily someone already asked this question. The answer is yes, bad reviewers should be flagged. In my quest to figure out how to flag said ...
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Addressing of flagged posts which need moderator intervention [duplicate]

Specifically, when a post is flagged as in need of moderator intervention what does it mean? A while ago, this happened: Little backstory: I asked a question which was related to a question supplied ...
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Why are certain flags not available from time to time? [duplicate]

From time to time, some flags are not available to me. I would, for example, like to flag this post as off-topic, but the flag is not available for me. (It wasn't before the post was closed, as well.) ...
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Flag message showing as “removed during a deletion” in the flag history

I recently flagged a (now deleted) NAA on SO (10k+ on SO) (mirror for everyone). The flag is shown as "removed during a deletion" in the flag history: What does this mean? Is the flag "...
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Answer in Low Quality Posts review queue without flag

I encountered this Low Quality Posts review queue item on Chess Stack Exchange. I was curious who had flagged it, but to my surprise the mod timeline doesn't show a Very Low Quality / Not An Answer ...
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Warning stating “some of your recent flags have been declined” is incorrect

When greater than 10% of your flags handled in the last 7 days have been declined you'll get a notice in your flag dialog indicating that some of your recent flags have been declined: Attention: some ...
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Allow moderators to see who dismisses or handles chat flags

Moderators have access to a page which shows recent chat flags from all the rooms on a particular chat server. This is a useful tool, however we cannot see who dismissed any particular flag. With a ...
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Helpful flags considered good, and declined flags considered bad. What about retracted flags?

Helpful flags are usually considered good, and declined flags are usually considered bad. What about retracted flags? Would a user having many retracted flags make it seem like they are thoughtful, ...
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I flagged a “thank you” comment as “it's no longer needed” and it was autodeleted: was there a change I'm unaware of? [duplicate]

Just now I flagged a comment on this answer that said nothing other than ~"thank you, that's helpful" and it was deleted immediately. I did not know this was a feature. Moreover, I didn't ...
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Can we have the ability to retract a flag on a deleted post? [duplicate]

Can we introduce a way to retract a flag on a deleted post or comment, or on any post, from the "Flags Raised" page? Right now, you have to go to the post to retract your flag, but it might ...
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Flagging “didn't downvote” comments that came with constructive criticism

I was pretty confident that comments with "didn't downvote" statements should be removed. Well, I flagged such a comment as "Didn't downvote statement", but it got declined. ...
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Waffle bar appears on page with very recent VLQ flag but shows no content

When I open the Q&A page for an answer with a very recent (less than 15 minutes old) Very Low Quality flag, the 'waffle bar' (a moderator tool for handling flags) shows, but there's no content: ...
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How to handle spam questions [duplicate]

It has been suggested that this question is a duplicate of others. Sorry, but it is not. I am merely addressing the issue of: "flag the post right away as well as editing it, hoping for ...
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Is there a difference between these two flagging reasons or is this a bug? [duplicate]

When flagging a post as needs improvement because of a community-specific reason, I get a list of reasons to choose from. Two of those reasons (given below) seem to imply the same thing. This ...
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Flag comments “please edit to clarify X”, “done” for deletion?

Should comments like "please add details of X to your answer", "done" be flagged for deletion? Deleting them would improve readability of the thread. The answer-relevant ...
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Change the reason of a flag to a question

It happened that I flagged a question for a wrong reason and then I want to change my reason. So I know that I have the possibility to cancel my flag using the 'Retract Flag' button. But after ...
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Flagging a moderator's comments [duplicate]

Being new to the site I have already witnessed a hell lot of work and responsibility a moderator has to undertake (at the least)... Just wanted to know what does happen when someone flags a moderator'...
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Under what circumstances can a user flag a post without them having at least 15 reputation?

I was going through my old posts on HSM Meta and found this one where I was informed about a user getting a Citizen Patrol badge without them even having the minimum requirement of 15 reputation for ...
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Can retracted flags not be viewed in the mod flag count?

Whenever a user raises a flag and then retracts it, this is still shown in the mod dashboard with a handling time of 0 minutes: The flag wasn't really 'handled' so this gives a misrepresentation of ...
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Are retracted flags still reviewed/processed by moderators?

I have flagged a post as "in need of moderator intervention" with detailed explanation, but then I realised that actually "very low quality" flag fits quite well, so I retracted my ...
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Can we add some more trigger words to the one-flag-comment-delete mechanism?

We just had a rather unsavoury answer on SO from someone distinctly unhappy with the service they received. To put it mildly. In particular, there were these two comments under the post: I've ...
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Why was this flag to migrate a MSE question to MSO declined?

I custom-flagged a question by a user asking why their Stack Overflow account had been deleted. It was receiving "only applicable to one specific site" closevotes and seemed like a legitimate question ...
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Show which comment was flagged when reviewing flag summary

I've noticed that if you click a declined comment flag in your flag summary, it takes you to the question the comment was posted on - not the comment on the question. Would it make better sense to ...
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Is there a way to find users with the largest number of helpful flags? [duplicate]

In each user's profile, number of helpful flags is displayed - so this is a public information. However, I did not find this number in the data explorer. Question: Is there some simple way to find ...
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Allow sorting flags by handling time instead of flagging time

Sometimes, it happens that my helpful flag counter ends up increasing, but when I check my recent flags, none of them have been dismissed yet. In this case, what has likely happened is that one of my ...
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What happens when a review is reviewed after the post gets edited?

I don't think I would have made this review. Otherwise it was an unintentional mistake which earned me a frustrating review ban. I am also not able to view the deleted post and hence look at its edit ...
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Exactly how much support is required for a feature request to meet the criteria for escalation as per the new procedure?

Looking into the criteria for requesting escalation on meta posts (i.e. to add the status-review tag), it says: For any new question posted during the test period (anything posted from March 16, ...
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Flag raised since more than 2 weeks and still pending, what to do?

First at all I thank the moderator for their time energy and patience to moderate, and I perfectly understand they need time to react when a flag is raised. I put 2 times a flag on a given answer '...
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Flag window redux: proposed syntax

There's been some consternation about the new flagging, but I wanted to focus on the syntax for a moment. I think the current shift doesn't really fix anything and it seems to fall into the same trap ...
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The flagging dialog should not put all the custom close reasons under the heading of “needs improvement” [duplicate]

Reality is that lots of irredeemable questions get asked. There are lots of questions which can't be improved in order for them to become acceptable. The flag dialog should not have been changed to ...
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Can /help/privileges/flag-posts be updated to reflect the new flagging reasons?

When declining a moderator intervention flag with the 'use standard flags' reason, users are linked to /help/privileges/flag-posts. The screenshots of the flagging options here still refer to the old ...
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Missing flag option “Should be closed” resulted in rejected flag “Please familiarise yourself with standard flags”

On meta.stackexchange about an hour or so ago, this happened. Normaly encountering an off-topic post I would flag as "Should be closed" which directs me to a number of options: Blatantly off topic, ...
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How can we recommend new question close flags? For example: “can't answer because didn't provide code” on Stack Overflow [closed]

I've been contributing a bit lately to Stack Overflow and I have noticed an extremely common trend for new users to post questions explaining their problem, but not providing any code. Things like: ...

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