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Questions tagged [flags]

For questions about the flagging process, how flags are handled, etc. If you have a question about chat flags, use [chat-flags] instead.

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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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On Piling On (or, Flagging Flagged Posts) [on hold]

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? [on hold]

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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Is “duplicate” a close reason or not? Make up your mind [duplicate]

When flagging a question you have several choices to choose from. The third choice is "should be closed", and the fourth choice is "duplicate": This implies that "duplicate" is a separate reason from ...
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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 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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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 ...
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Re-voting for reopening doesn't show notification message after second vote, but re-voting for deletion does

If you re-voting for post deletion notification message will be shown each time. But for re-opening it works differently. Notification message shown only for first click. Looks inconsistent.
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Allow me to hide the “what are flags?” banner please!

Recently, this text popped up on my flags-history page: Flagging is a way to bring inappropriate content or behavior to the attention of the community. See: What is flagging? These are the flags ...
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Where can I find the flagging summary on my profile?

I cannot find the flagging summary on my user profile. I have seen many questions about flagging system: May I have a list of just my declined flags?, What does empty "Flagging Summary" ...
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Don't clear the custom flag message when dismissing the window

It has happened with me a lot of times, when the text I wrote was cleared after a flag dialog was dismissed. Please, don't clear the message, when window dismisses.
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A place to make notes on the mod dashboard

When there are some special circumstances related to the mod's flags section (dashboard), it would be really useful if moderators could make brief notes concerning a certain flag right on the ...
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Allow retracting flags from the API

For a project I'm working on, it'd be nice to be able to retract flags through the API. We allow people to retract flags from the web. Could this functionality be extended to the API? It could work ...
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What flagging is for? [duplicate]

What is the purpose of flagging a post or comment? What does it do?
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Allow to flag a question for closure without casting a vote if I'm out of close votes

This is not a duplicate of I'm out of close votes. Can I use moderator flags instead? because that is a support question asking if one can use moderator attention flags to indicate that questions ...
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Any pending spam flags on answers are dismissed if the question is (self-)deleted

This question is related to a post that showed up on meta.SO today: it seems like (self-)deletion of the question dismisses pending spam flags on answers. This appears to be a bug, since this post (...
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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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Are old, link-only answers not-an-answer?

Yesterday I stumbled upon this answer due to the question being bumped. It is, by the official definition, considered not an answer: If you strip the markup (link), you are left with NO useful ...
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If I can't flag a post, don't wait until after I've typed an explanation to tell me so

I flagged a post today, typed out a fairly thorough explanation, clicked the button... and got told that I'd already flagged this post (for something else, which I'd forgotten about) so this flag wasn'...
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I'm out of close votes. Can I use moderator flags instead?

I'm out of close votes again today. But I still have 100 flags. How do the mods feel about me flagging questions for closure, even though I would be able to VtC myself, if I weren't already out of ...
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What to do if I wrongly flag an answer [duplicate]

Note: I didn't downvote! (yet) Earlier today, I flagged an answer as it really wasn't an answer at the time. However, the poster later added a JSFiddle example (which didn't really answer the ...
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Cannot open flag dialog, incorrect error message after casting final close vote on question

After I cast the final close vote against a question, if I attempt to flag it, the flag dialog refuses to open, and gives me an incorrect error message: This question has been put on-hold since you ...
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Flags description uses different number of moderators

There is inconsistency with the number of moderators in the recently added section for flag description (emphasis is mine): helpful A "helpful" flag is one that moderators or other trusted members ...
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Add a flag link on the user's profile page [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Flag abusive users I've noticed a lot of users get confused on the proper procedure to report a problematic users (sock-puppeteering, cheating, etc.). Example Unfortunately, ...
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Safari - overlapping boxes on mobile flag page

On Safari when I went to my flag summary I noticed the Rude or Abusive and Pending boxes overlapped each other: This doesn't happen with other flags like Not an Answer of Low Quality as they don't ...
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Is the flagging message “we take your reports seriously” generic or specific?

I created this account about a year ago, and have been flagging things steadily (if infrequently) since then. After I submit a flag, I get a pop-up reading Thanks for flagging! We take your reports ...
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Does “attacks a person or a group” include attacking a person who isn't a user of the site?

When flagging a comment, one of the options is It contains harassment, bigotry, or abuse. This comment attacks a person or group. Learn more in our Code of Conduct. and the quoted section of the ...