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Questions tagged [flags]

For questions about the flagging process, how flags are handled, etc.

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Can't retract Very Low Quality flag on question [duplicate]

Earlier today, I cast a Very Low Quality flag on this now deleted question. While it was still pending I couldn't retract the flag; instead of a Retract Flag button, a disabled Flag Question button ...
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How long does it take on average for moderator flags to be handled here on Meta Stack Exchange?

Here on Meta Stack Exchange, I've noticed that it can take over a month for my moderator flags to be handled, which is even longer than it takes on many beta sites. I understand that this site has no ...
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How to avoid serial voting/flagging when you discover a “very low quality” user

I came across a low quality answer today on a certain exchange, so I downvoted and flagged it as VLQ, then moved on. The next question I saw on the same site also had a low quality answer by the same ...
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Do not show “X flags remaining” on sites where I'm a moderator

Whenever I open a flag dialog on Ask Different, I see that I have 100 flags remaining. This is simply not true; as a ♦ moderator I have an unlimited number of flags. The simplest solution is ...
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What should we do when we find a rude chat message which is old?

I recently came across a chat message which is rude in my opinion. I thought about flagging it but hesitated thinking that it might not be the right thing to do as the comment is old (actually it was ...
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Editing of comment after flagging

Suppose: I flag an abusive comment The person who posted that comment edited out the abusive part. How will a moderator be able to determine if the comment was abusive in the first place? ...
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Keyboard-only users cannot flag questions or answers

One of the baseline principles of web accessibility is that all functionality of a site should be available via keyboard navigation alone. It's an important baseline to accommodate those with muscular ...
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Let mods flag comments (without deleting them)

There are at least two use cases when moderators really need to flag comments: when the comments to be flagged are on their own posts (e.g. someone tells a mod to go get lost under their own post) ...
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Should jokes posted as answers be flagged?

I flagged this answer as not an answer, but my flag was recently declined with this reason: declined - flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer ...
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How to flag rude and/or irrelevant comments?

From an admittedly cursory reading of Updated comment flagging - Supporting the new Code of Conduct I see that much has been said and, apparently, done about "rude" comments. Personally, though, I ...
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Is it possible to find out whether a post got into the LQP review queue by an automated process or by manual flagging?

When a post appears in the review queue, it is possible to find out whether it was picked by software or whether it has been flagged manually? I recall seeing this message on some posts in the Low ...
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If the flag link is missing from a locked question, how do I flag it?

I would like a question to be unlocked for the following reasons It was never voted by the community as being off-topic It was therefore never closed. There was no edit or flame war It was so ...
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Thanks Dialog not in place when flagging for “No longer needed”

I just flagged a comment as it was no longer needed, over at The Workplace. After flagging, the new "Thanks for flagging" green dialog appeared, but it was positioned strangely (near the corner of the ...
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Can we have colour coding on our comment flags, for both user accounts and mod dashboards?

We don't have colour coding on our flag summaries for comments: But we have them for some post flags: For the users flagged summary and from the back end of the user account, the mod dashboard, can ...
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Allow edits by flaggers to push to the reopen queue under appropriate circumstances

Example The following events happened to this question: The question was asked being in a very unclear state (IMHO). I flagged the question for closure (not having the close privilege) due to being ...
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Why can't I recast aged close votes and flags that were cast a long time before the change allowing recasting?

In March 2015, a change was made to the close voting system, to allow users to recast close votes and close flags 14 days after they age away. However, according to this post, apparently votes that ...
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How to Flag Revision [duplicate]

Is there a way to flag a revision for a moderator? The edit on this answer, https://stackoverflow.com/revisions/51695450/2, should be rolled back but I don't have that option and don't see a way to ...
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Why was “no longer needed” renamed “not relevant”?

On July 31st, the "no longer needed" flag reason was renamed "not relevant". Many have complained about or questioned this change (examples: 1, 2, 3, 4), but the only official post I've been able to ...
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Can VLQ flags on answers raised by >2k rep users count as recommend-deletion votes instead of behaving like regular flags? [duplicate]

I've crossed 2k rep on a site and I frequently use the VLQ review queues there. However, I've noticed that there's no change in the system's behavior when I raise VLQ flags: my flags are simply sent ...
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Should I downvote an answer (no added value) posted on an already well answered questions?

I have noticed that users answer questions that are very old (example, 10 years old) with an answer that is basically the same thing as the accepted answer. There are users from 2018 answering these ...
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How do you flag questions on the mobile app?

I’m wondering how you can flag questions on the mobile app. For instance, flagging a question that is off topic. Is this possible to do on mobile? Thank you! Edit: As I posted this question, I saw a “...
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Retracting duplicate flag should remove auto-generated comment [duplicate]

Now that we can retract flags, I think when a duplicate flag is retracted, the comment that was created as a result of the flag, should be removed as well. This has a bit to do with this question: &...
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<50 reputation users can't delete comments that were posted on their behalf

Some preface: I have an alternate account that I'm using to gain rep in order to help test/build bots for the SOBotics community on stackoverflow. Bot accounts are essentially users, and they need 20 ...
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Can we have a mod tool to prevent posts from being selected for review audits, without invalidating flags?

I've been wanting to ask this question for some time. This question is a clear example of the need for the request: Wrong review question? Quoting from the answer: I handled the flags and ...
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“thanks for flagging” popup gets messed up when the comment is automatically deleted

For some comments, the comment is automatically deleted when you raise a flag. This includes certain keywords and short +1 comments. But when you raise that flag with the new comment flag interface, ...
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Remove the “thanks for flagging” popup after the user has raised a number of flags

Currently, whenever anyone flags a comment, they get this popup: or, more recently: I personally find this really annoying, especially since I flag a great many comments a day (on the order of ...
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What will the comment flag dialog look like after our new CoC has been shipped?

In response to this: Did the comment flag dialog change? Will there be future dialog changes? The answer gave an overview of what will be changing. When the Code of Conduct ships, we're replacing ...
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In the flag summary, put the pending flags on top of old ones for flags on the same post

When viewing your flag summary, you are presented with a list of flags, sorted by post. If you flag a bunch of comments on the same post, those are all listed together... including pending flags on ...
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Is it OK to mass flag if they would be helpful flags?

I'm currently part of Android Stack Exchange, and there are tons of things to flag there. APK building help, app recommendations, phone suggestions - and even spam. So many, I have almost used all my ...
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How to remove or correct blatantly incorrect answers when the poster refuses to update

I've seen "answers" which are simply factually wrong, and have commented on those "answers" to correct it, even providing the proof of the facts, but the posters are simply refusing. I've tried ...
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Mod flag for plagiarism [duplicate]

If I raise a moderator flag pointing out blatant plagiarism, and the OP deletes the post (perhaps because of downvotes, or because someone points out the plagiarism), what happens? Does a moderator ...
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Deleting own questions ban [duplicate]

Followup of this question: How can a question banned user fix their questions if they're deleted? And the answer for it: https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/230660/ Since I don't have 5 reputation, ...
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Flagging a comment displays the word “flag”, changes to image of red flag upon reload

Since this change was just rolled out, I noticed a bug in flagging comments. When I submit a comment flag, the vote and flag buttons change to the word "flag" in red-colored text: Then, after I ...
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How to flag rude/abusive suggested edit from a user who has made no posts? [duplicate]

This meta post Flag abusive users suggests to flag abusive users by flagging one of the posts, so that the mods can deal with the problem. However, on The Workplace (where I am a moderator), we had a ...
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Can a question/answer/comment be flagged more than once but not be unflagged?

When I flag some question, answer or comment, I would expect the flag button to turn into some "undo" button or just disappear, but it seems to stay the same. And when a flag is declined, the button ...
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Are there manual flag bans?

In 2013, flag weight and the infamous hellban was replaced with a new automated system. Review bans are handed out automatically but can also be issued manually by mods. The same situation exists ...
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Could we flag closes as inappropriate somehow?

I stumbled upon a question on Stack Overflow which concerns a specific, but common enough field of knowledge to have an own tag. It is this one: How to solve the Misra Warning about applying bitwise ...
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Possibly change retract flag button to red or another color

Today on Stack Overflow, I flagged an answer for NAA and left a comment. The user then edited his answer to fix the it, so I wanted to retract the flag. This was my first time ever retracting a flag, ...
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Is this kind of question “unclear what you're asking” or "too broad? [closed]

What should a question like this be flagged for? I'm torn between "unclear what you're asking" and "too broad". My problem here is indeed applicable to other sites, too. This question on the blender ...
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Flag dialog box should show the contents of the custom flag raised earlier

The appearance of the flag dialog box after a custom flag was raised: The custom flag box tells me "This is the flag you currently have raised". While this is technically correct, it isn't very ...
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Cancelling flags doesn't work from the Android app

In this question, the feature of canceling flags is explained. But I don't find a retract flag button after flagging a question or answer. As I'm using the Android app, I'm wondering if this is only ...
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Could the flag warning and ban formulas be improved?

This is a sort of programming / logic question based on this answer on meta: Flaggers with a recent (past 7 days) flagging history consisting of at least 10 handled flags where >= 10% of flags were ...
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Allow extra details for standard flag types

Stack Overflow is currently doing a push to avoid use of moderator attention flags in the case where a standard flag would do. In that thread they say it's fine to use a mod attention flag if you want ...
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Should a custom flag be used instead of the “not an answer” flag when the answer isn't a blatant non-answer?

There appears to be a bit of a dispute going on in the FAQ answer here. On one hand, a group mostly consisting of Stack Overflow moderators says that if it isn't immediately clear that an answer isn't ...
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In question lists, don't show “modified by SomeAbusiveName” when a post is deleted as rude or spam

When a post is deleted as rude/abusive or spam, people who can see deleted posts don't see the content directly -- they have to click through a notice to see what lies beyond. If the post is a ...
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How to deal with a duplicate question if you can't flag

So, on Biology Stack Exchange, I found this question: Why do snails come out of the grass when it rains? I did some searching and I found a very similar question that had already been asked and ...
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Want ability to flag comment for the author, rather than moderators, to notice

Occasionally, I write a comment about an answer or question; then the author makes an edit, telling me "@einpoklum: see edit" or something similar. At this point, and if my comment is not otherwise ...
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Allow to add incriminating evidence to a spam flag [duplicate]

Since a post is only considered spam if the user is associated with the product promoted, mods need evidence of the association, and have proven to mishandle the flags if this fact is nontrivial to ...
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Proper response to user abusing “flag as duplicate” [duplicate]

My 4 year old question was flagged as a duplicate of this 4 month old question by the same user who posted that question. My question has more upvotes on both the question and the answer, and is (...
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How best can we deal with (potential) false flagging political posts?

I recently posted an answer to a political question that was, let's be honest, a politically challenging, but not abusive, answer. Checking the Be Nice policy, I don't feel that I've done anything ...