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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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“Disputed low quality review” automatic flag reports more delete votes than “looks good” when it is not so

Looking at the flags in the moderator queue, I noticed the following automatic flag. Clicking on the "review task" link I see the following. The votes are actually one for deletion and one ...
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Don't automatically clear the disputed low quality flags when a post is deleted and undeleted by the owner

When a post is deleted by the review and the post owner undeletes the answer, it automatically generates a disputed low quality review - Post was undeleted by the author flag, and has a nice bold ...
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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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I accidentally marked the wrong question as a duplicate. How can I replace it with the correct duplicate? [duplicate]

I accidentally flagged this question as a duplicate of this question, when I intended to flag it as a duplicate of this question. I am presented with the message "You have already flagged this post ...
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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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What are the “spam” and “rude or abusive” (offensive) flags, and how do they work?

When flagging, there are two special case options: spam and rude or abusive. What is spam, and when should I flag content as such? What is considered offensive, rude or abusive content? How does the ...
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Checking if your comment flags have been acted upon?

Even though comment flags don't count towards your flag weight, I think it would be nice to add them into your flagging history so we can still see if they were acted upon or not. Could the flagging ...
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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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Allow retracting a moderator flag if the post has been deleted and I don't have enough reputation to see deleted posts

Currently, custom flags for moderator attention are not automatically invalidated (marked helpful) when a post gets deleted. Ordinarily, one can retract a moderator flag by going to the post, clicking ...
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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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Where can I see my flag count / history?

Is there a section or page that lists my flag count and / or history?
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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 in which I had informed about a user getting the Citizen Patrol badge without them even having the minimum requirement of 15 reputation ...
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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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What flag should 10k users use for old posts now considered not constructive or off-topic?

I've been going through and flagging old posts that are now considered non-constructive or off-topic, using queries from Can Community help a brother out? Since I have more then 10k reputation, 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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Who raised most number of helpful flags on Stack Overflow and Meta?

There is a lot of discussion around meta about how to raise a helpful flag and flags getting declined, but I wonder: Who raised the most number of the helpful flags on Stack Overflow and meta by the ...
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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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A guide to moderating comments

Commenting is one of the unsung heroes of Stack Exchange. The help center suggestions that you should submit a comment if you want to: Request clarification from the author; Leave constructive ...
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Post deleted but Not an Answer flag is still pending

Not sure if this is somehow related to all the wonkiness going on with the CSS updates recently but a recent deleted post on SFF was deleted (via 3 users) but the flags haven't been marked as helpful ...
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Rankings regarding “helpful flags”, “edited”, “vote count”?

The "gamification" is mainly built around reputation, so it is straight forward to get a ranking of community members by reputation points (example: Stack Overflow). I did a bit of searching, but I ...
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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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Is there any place to see a leaderboard of top “Helpful Flaggers”?

There are a few members of Stack Overflow especially who have a ridiculous number of helpful flags. At the moment, there does not appear to be any way to display the top users with the most helpful ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should I flag spam accounts even if they didn't post any content yet? [duplicate]

Every day I see many of such accounts being created. They rarely post spam (probably because they get blocked by the system) and if they do post spam content they are sometimes nuked by mods. I am not ...
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Should I flag answers consisting only of “No” or “Yes”?

As I hang out on ServerFault more I'm noticing lots of questions that get only "Yes" or "No". I think this is a worthless, rep-grab answer. They are especially worthless when they were able to post "...
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Why can questions be flagged but not closed for very low quality?

One of the possible flags for a question is: it is very low quality This question has severe formatting or content problems. This question is unlikely to be salvageable through editing, and ...
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Show red flags to moderators of other sites if no local mod handles it in a certain time frame

There is a discussion underway in the Charcoal chat room on a certain spam post on ExpressionEngine Answers. Some of us flagged it as spam almost 24 hours ago, but flags are still pending, and a ...
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Community-declined close vote flags should point to the review that declined them

Recommend closure 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 ...
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Disable enter key for flag submission

I've just tried to flag a question as duplicate. As there was a delay between me typing in my search to find the correct question, and the results showing, I hit enter. (Presuming this was required to ...
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Should the disposition of a flag to add the [status-review] tag match the final action on the post?

In a recent post covering the future of the status-review tag, JNat ♦ mentioned, Users may flag a post that they believe should be tagged status-review and the moderators or staff will decide ...
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Shouldn't my answer in Law Meta be reinstated? (abuse of flags) [closed]

A user posted on Law Meta this question after learning that the activity levels on Law SE are pretty low. I posted my answer yesterday, and it was deleted/hidden & locked by Community few hours ...
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Allow moderators to flag comments normally

When a moderator flags a comment, the comment is instantly deleted. For a moderator, the only difference between using the “flag” and the “delete” button is that using the “flag” button asks for a ...
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Flagging a post for moderator review

Suppose I want to have someone with moderator abilities review a post. What would be the best way to flag this? Is there already some standard way to do this that I don't know about? For more ...
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How do automatic chat suspensions work?

When someone flags a chat post as spam/offensive, some users get a popup asking them if the suspension is valid or invalid. I know if a certain threshold is reached, that user whose post was flagged ...
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Is posting doxxing information ever acceptable?

I would think the obvious answer here is no, but... Recently certain American politicians have been circulating some unsubstantiated doxxing information alleging to out a whistleblower. This has led ...

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