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Remove the 'resetting any rude or abusive flags' note from the rollback tooltip

The tooltip for the rollback button in a revision history is: sets the current revision to this version of the post, resetting any "rude or abusive" flags However, the 'resetting of red ...
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How to appeal the deletion of questions? Question was falsely flagged as "spam or offensive," but was just about school classes [migrated]

This question got deleted as "offensive or spam": https://superuser.com/questions/1840456/ ["BUD" (for Android OS) has asset editors, map editors... how to use wireless mouses with ...
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Why am I unable to re-flag a post after my previous flag has been attended to?

According to the status-completed Meta SE post “Once a flag is cleared from the mod queue, the same post cannot be re-flagged”, it says that "Once a mod has attended to your previous flag, you ...
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Flag as duplicate from another Stack Exchange site? [duplicate]

I recently noticed a question that was asked by the same user, the exact same content, at the same time (within minutes) across two Stack Exchange sites - Stack Overflow and Geographic Information ...
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Is it possible to require pre-approval for content on an SE site? If not, how can I deal with a site with too much hostile content?

The comments on this Politics SE answer are but one of example of how argumentative and caustic people can be to each other specifically on that SE site compared to other SE sites. I am open to the ...
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As a moderator, "Delete" in the review queues clears custom flags that you may not have seen

Outside of the queue, it makes sense that a moderator deletion would clear any custom flags, since the wafflebar is at the bottom showing all the pending flags and a flag count for all flags. In ...
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Can we make the spam flag description more clear?

Currently, the description of the spam flag reads as follows: Exists only to promote a product or service, does not disclose the author's affiliation. This wording is very confusing because it's ...
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I suggest to do a flag button inside an edit block [duplicate]

There isn't an individual flag for edits: we can't use a special flag relating to someone who edits a post of another user. Now the only way to draw a moderator's attention about someone's edit is to ...
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Why was this answer deleted and marked as offensive? [closed]

This is the question: And this is the answer which was deleted and marked as offensive: But checking the revision The content was: Which is nothing offensive. Also, the answer is valid because AWS ...
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Result of recent action on admin dashboard may overlap the border

Result of recent action on admin dashboard may overlap the border: Original English string is slightly shorter: Post flag resolved as helpful As you can see the post long title is processed ...
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Flag link for new user own post does nothing

A new user (tested only on an unregistered one) has three links below their own question: share, edit, and flag. The last one (flag) actually doesn't do anything. No popup is appearing. Is there ...
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When is it not a good idea to rely on automatic handling of low answer quality score flags from the Community user?

The Community user flags some posts with Low Answer Quality Score flag. There are several options to handle such flags: Approve (with comment) Reject (with comment) Resolve flags automatically (no ...
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Too big font size for user flagged post page

Currently the font size on user flagged posts page is too big: It wasn't so big some times ago. Looks like it affects many pages in user profile settings as well:
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Can having many flags marked as helpful after a flag ban undo a flag ban? [duplicate]

Assume some raised 40 flags. The first 3 flags got declined the first day, causing a 7-day flag ban. In the next 4 days, no other flags are declined, and several flags are marked as helpful. Can this ...
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Abusing deleted post edit history as a poor man's version control system?

I've stumbled upon this deleted answer. It has nothing to do with the question, and the poster deleted it immediately, then proceeded to edit it 20 27 times over the next few hours, with random bits ...
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Decline flag option on moderator tool on the question has a wording about "incorrect answer"

The following screenshot is automatically translated from Russian by Google: Original English string: flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer ...
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Unable to translate "Low answer quality score" sentence for processed flags with negative score

There is no translation possible for "Low answer quality score" on processed flag section. At the same time that phrase has translation for a new flag a processed flag with positive score ...
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Is casting R/A flags on blatant, but uncited, LLM-generated content acceptable?

This is about LLM-generated content that wouldn't otherwise be R/A, not abusive content that happens to be LLM-generated. Also, spam is still spam, even if it's AI-generated. For sake of discussion, I'...
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Duplicate questions with no accepted answer [duplicate]

What am I supposed to do when trying to flag a question as a duplicate but the question I'm trying to link doesn't have an accepted answer? This question and the answer makes me think that I should be ...
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Answer marked as solution. If deleted, is questioner free to mark another answer as the solution?

A questioner marked my answer as the solution, despite giving new information pointing out it was not the right answer after all. If I remove my answer, is the solution flag reset and available again? ...
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What does a good flag for suspected AI (e.g., ChatGPT) content look like?

When flagging a post that I believe is ChatGPT, what information should I include? If I just raise a "In need of moderator intervention" flag and let them know it looks like ChatGPT, is that ...
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Flagging question edits [duplicate]

From where can I flag edits made by a user with enough score to do so, but which not only do not contribute anything new to the question but also modify the meaning of it or vandalize it?
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How should I respond to unfriendly comments by moderators? [duplicate]

I recently saw an unfriendly comment from a diamond moderator on an SE site. I would flag the comment as unfriendly or unkind if a regular user had posted it. How should I respond considering that it'...
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What exactly do VoteTypeId=4 (offensive) and VoteTypeId=12 (spam) mean?

According to the Database schema documentation for SEDE, the table Votes contains as VoteTypeId 4 = Offensive and 12 = Spam. The latter was mentioned, for example, here: How to find posts closed as ...
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Temporarily reduce the 5-second rate limit on flagging posts as spam, to allow for quicker flagging on sites overrun with spam

SmokeDetector is currently disabled due to the moderation strike. This means that some specific sites are overrun with spam, and when I go through and flag each of those spam posts, I keep running ...
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Can custom flags have markdown?

If I use markdown formatting in a custom flag, will it render, or will it just look awful? I am asking this question so that no one else will have to flag random posts, and then retract their flag to ...
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Let's award the Marshal badge multiple times to encourage ChatGPT flagging

We un-gamified flagging too early by cutting off the gamified incentive after the first 500 flags; we need to provide more incentive. Let’s encourage more participation in policing the seemingly ...
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Stack Exchange needs its own anti-spam system

This is not a duplicate of Should Stack Exchange have a spam filter? (Does it already and I’m not aware?) which is asking if there's already a system in place. I am asking for a review of the existing ...
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Eliminate space characters before commas in case of multiple users flags on the same post

On mod dashboard when there are multiple flags on the same post I noticed the undesirable space characters before commas (after timestamps): I was able to find only generic templates for such case: $...
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A lot of sentences not prepared to be translated on Post Flag History page

Below is the screenshot from one Post Flag History page on ruSO: There are many items don't prepared to be translatable: Post Flag History for Creation Date Creation User Type Deletion Date Deletion ...
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Hard to understand why adding the answer as an edit isn't possible

Moderators can handle flags from two different places: On moderator dashboard, where the whole list of unhandled flags visible; On the post page, where the flag has raised. In this case additional ...
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Is it possible to see the removed content due to my flag in my own question?

Years ago I flagged a comment or maybe an answer for "Harassment, bigotry, or abuse" in my own question, and it was probably removed by a moderator. I just found out earlier today on my ...
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Remove the flag counter from admin panel if there're no flags

On the site admin panel there's a flag count icon displayed as a part of "flags" tab: Could we please remove that icon in the case there're no active flags? i.e. don't show an orange "...
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Unable to translate previous moderator actions on flag dashboard page

There's no string to translate for previous moderator actions on the flag dashboard page - in particular, "Added Comment": But it seems that all other mod actions are affected.
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What does this guidance on the flag dashboard mean, and why is the text different when there are no active flags?

On the moderator flag dashboard page, when there are no flags, I see the following text on the right side (if I click the button labeled Details next to "Where should I start?" to expand ...
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New flag for ChatGPT answers

Answers generated using ChatGPT are banned on many Stack Exchange sites. This is mainly because they aren't particularly accurate or useful, and are often misleading. Personally, I've spotted a ...
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Flag popup is broken on election page for narrow screens

Flagging the candidate is almost impossible on the election page on narrow screens. See the animation below: At the same time, flagging for a regular Q&A post works fine.
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When choosing "In need of moderator intervention" post flag reason, the input field is no longer auto-focused

The comment flag "Something else" option will auto-focus the text input field when selected. But the same is not true for the "In need of moderator intervention" flag reason for ...
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Comment "flagged" on opening author profile in a new tab [duplicate]

I am faced with a very weird behavior with a comment on the moderator election page (reproducible only on Chrome/Safari on iPadOS 16.4). Opening the comment's author profile in a new tab leads to ...
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Flagging reversal refusal

For a while now (since 2016), we've been able to withdraw/reverse flags which were placed in error on questions and answers (there didn't seem to be the same demand for comment flags). This has been a ...
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Should we lower the flag count for spam/rude-abusive for brand new users and chat flags?

While we do love our new users - oftentimes spammers are 1 reputation users, simply cause they (clearly) don't get any votes. While I do realise there's potential for abuse - it feels like a lower ...
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Add a help-center link to "In need of moderator intervention" in the question flagging menu

In the flagging menu (see bottom for reference), almost every single category has a link to a clarifying help center entry. The only exceptions are: Duplicates (which has a comprehensive submenu ...
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Post flagged for moderator attention is missing [closed]

Where has the flagged post gone?
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What happens if I flag posts as "trash"? [closed]

What happens if I flag as "In need of moderator intervention" and then type "trash"? What kind of posts should I flag as "trash"?
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Should any flag on an eventually-deleted post be marked as helpful, even if it was declined by a moderator?

Should we have it be that if a post is deleted, any flag on that post is marked helpful, even if it was declined by a moderator? In other words, say I flag an answer, and the flag is declined by a ...
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Why was my flag to close a question declined even though the question was closed for that reason?

I came across a question that didn't meet the guidelines for the site it was posted on. On the site, questions that are based on typos or problems that cannot be reproduced are considered out of scope....
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Why does deleting my own question tell me that I have flagged it as "spam or offensive content"?

It turned out that my question was asked as a misunderstanding. It now (after clarification) brings zero value to the community. So I have deleted it. I was surprised to see this right after that: ...
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Flag to put a closed question in the Reopen queue (just like we have for the Close queue) [duplicate]

A few days ago, I found an interesting question on Music.SE that was closed. I wanted it to be reopened, but I couldn't find any typo or small problem that I can fix with an edit to put it into the ...
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What's considered "rude or abusive" on SE sites? [duplicate]

I've seen a few SO/SE posts or answers that are mildly rude, abusive, or snarky (criticizing the post author's work, etc). But I've never flagged any as rude or abusive simply because I don't know if ...
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Don't notify all moderators for flags on "move comments to chat" chatroom

Sometimes when there are too many comments under a question or answer, the moderator will move all comments to chat, which means creating a chatroom and moving all comments to that chatroom. If ...
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