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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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The Great Moderator Flag Turkey Shoot [on hold]

I went from flag weight 120 to flag weight 591 in a matter of hours because of the tips from this this question. Flagging non-answers was great fun and I still want to keep going even though I am ...
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Moderators should see the post as I flagged it, not the edited version

Original question: Do moderators see the flagged post as I flagged it, or do they see the current version? Since it is the current version, I request making it the flagged version instead. The ...
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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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Why can I flag my own question/answer?

It makes sense that I can delete my own question/answer if I think that it's not a good post. It also makes sense that I can edit it to improve it. But why would I flag my own question/answer?
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What is the SE version of Seven Dirty Words?

Caution: R-rated language Some words, when present in a comment, make it eligible for instant, automatic one-flag deletion. Out of the seven words you can never say on television, only appear to ...
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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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Flagging to move comments to chat

Should I alert moderators about comment threads that have spiralled out of control might be best moved to chat? When a thread reaches the 20 comment mark (default) in a given timespan it will ...
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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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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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Add direct link to comment in the moderator flag queue

Whenever a comment is flagged, there are a couple of links in the ♦ moderator flag queue: is a link to the flag queue (i.e. the page you're already on); it points to this specific comment/flag. ...
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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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Flag usability - change 'it doesn't belong here' to 'it should be closed'

As a relatively new user, it has taken me multiple attempts and several mis-steps to locate the 'report a duplicate' function for the Stack Overflow site. Currently it is located under: flag -> it ...
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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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Are expletives allowed in SE chat?

Along the lines of the discussion (poll) on expletives on SE sites, what is the policy for them in chat? In my mind, there is a very large difference between proper SE site content (posts and ...
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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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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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Add a deactivated “wrong answer” flag option

When I look at the flagging queue I see almost one flag reason only: Not an answer. (At this very moment 440 out of 470 flags!) I have the feeling it is used wrongly most of the time. Many seem to ...
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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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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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On Piling On (or, Flagging Flagged Posts) [closed]

Every once in a while, I notice an alert when I log onto the Stack Exchange: Wanting to be a good Stack Exchange citizen, I'll often click on that highlighted number, and see what's going on. ...
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Declined NAA flag? [closed]

I flagged this as Not An Answer and just saw it declined, which I hadn't seen coming. For posterity, here is the answer, which is by the OP of the question: Sorry for the late answer , I've found ...
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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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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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Allow moderators to reverse and/or nullify flag decisions

We've been getting a lot of complaints about moderator flag decisions being incorrect or inconsistent lately. Flag declined, but question closed for the same reason Why does flag marking as helpful/...
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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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Stack Apps still has a “Noise or pointless” flag

Per Jeff's (old) answer at Close reasons on meta SE sites should be consistent with MSO: The meta "noise or pointless" will be decommissioned and folded into [not constructive]. That is, if ...
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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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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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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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Allow moderators to reply to a flag

Many times, I see a flag (generally a custom one), and wish to reply to it. A common type is the "Convert to CW" flag that rears its head at times (it is helpful, since it leads to me closing the post,...
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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 was the “invalid flag” flag? What was the “10k flag queue”?

Many older questions and answers here on Meta discuss or mention an "invalid flag" flag, often in the context of the "10k flag queue". However, right now, there's no such flag, and there's no such ...
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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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Clarify migration process

I believe I have screwed up the migration process more than once when it was suggested that I ask a question in another more appropriate forum. My current understanding is that I should flag my post ...
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Allow editing or deletion of moderator flag comment

I just flagged an old answer of mine that I had updated, so all the comments were now obsolete. I flagged the moderator, but miswrote "question" instead of "answer". I wasn't allowed to flag again ...
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Vote to close or flag exact duplicates? Or both?

Which action(s) are appropriate for exact duplicates? Should I flag them, or vote close them, or both, or something else? I am trying to understand how to flag, which I never do. I read some other ...
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How is it possible that Users other than Mod Users have seen how I have voted or flagged their question?

I would like to find out how it is possible that a non-moderator user is able to see how I have voted on their question or if applicable have flagged it? This appears to have happened to me today, ...
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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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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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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 ...