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Questions tagged [flags]

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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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Allow flagging after close vote exhausted [duplicate]

Motivation As the 2nd largest SE community, Math.SE has been attracting a plethora of problem statement questions (PSQs). With the help of 10k tools and the chat room CRUDE, it's not surprising that ...
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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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Question with rant about “downvote trolls” and saying “eat a cock” - rude/abusive flag disputed? [migrated]

I flagged a question featuring this paragraph as "rude or abusive": PS. The reason Stack is one of the worst places to get any help is become we have all these downvote trolls. Don't bother ...
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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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Is rude or unfriendly language prohibited on all SE sites? [duplicate]

Is rude or unfriendly language prohibited on all SE sites? Or are some "dirtier" fields like politics and law exempt from the rules? I have had unfriendly comments posted on my questions about ...
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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 ...
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Description of single item is weird when flagging the own post

When I flag a post where I'm the original poster I see the following popup where only one item can be selected: There are no items above (and below too), and I’m not sure that current wording is ...
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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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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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Add a link to the relevant Meta post in the flag ban notice

Currently, the flag ban notice in the flag summary page looks like that: You are currently banned from flagging - view flags declined in the last 7 days There's no link to the Help Center or a ...
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Allow me to hide the “what are flags?” banner please!

Recently, this monstrosity popped up on my flags-history page: Can we please have a way to dismiss that banner? It sticks around even when I move to the subsequent pages of flags. I really think we ...
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People vote reputation, myth or reality?

Hypothetic situation: You answer a question, a couple of minutes later another user with much more reputation than you post the same answer. And that's all for you in that question! All votes go ...
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Comment flag reasons with the link to CoC

What is the reason to separate the first two items in the comment flagging popup? This sepation makes me to think hard is I choosed the correct one. Furthermore, just imagine that the user has ...
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What are the differences between spam-flag-nuking and moderator manually validating spam flags?

What are the differences when a post is deleted by Community ♦ for having 6 spam flags from regular users or one spam flag from a ♦ moderator (and consequently, locked by the Community user) deleted ...
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Remove flag limit for users with Marshal badge?

I fully understand the purpose of limiting the number of flags a user can raise, and there is a great post here that questions the limit and explains how the value is calculated. I particularly like ...
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On the recent changes to flagging and limits

Looks like flagging has been affected by releases today: are these intended affects? Higher daily limits (appear doubled for me, flagging of posts limit also doubled) Explained by Shog9 below. Soft ...
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When are moderator flags automatically dismissed as “aged away” by the system?

Moderator flags can be dismissed as aged away. What does this dismiss reason mean? What causes flags to be dismissed with this reason? Do aged away flags affect my daily flag amount? Can I cast a ...
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Is it appropriate to flag another comment “no longer needed” after writing a similar, more precise one?

I just came across a question on Stack Overflow, and asked the OP to enhance his problem statement. Another person did the same in parallel, ending up with: Now, I am simply wondering: is it ...
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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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Which flag to use for questions that are not minimal? [closed]

It is quite common to enconter a question such as this, which is not a bad question; it has a description of the problem, some code, and the desired outcome, but is simply not minimal. My question is,...
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Should I worry about my aged away flag count?

So on Stack Overflow, I have a lot of aged-away flags. The helpful flags to aged away flags ratio seems out of balance. I have 38 helpful and 21 aged away. I only have one retracted, and it was ...
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The flag “in need of moderator intervention” is sometimes the only option in the Android app

The flag "in need of moderator intervention" is sometimes the only option in the Android. Example below, flagging the (now deleted) answer: https://superuser.com/a/1305357/116475 Typically there ...
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Allow unflagging comments [duplicate]

I recently flagged a comment as unfriendly/unkind, but after returning to it after some time, I think I may have made a mistake. So can we be allowed to unflag comments?
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Turn VLQ flags on questions into red flags on selected sites

The very low quality flag is intended to mark posts that are unsalvageable and need to be removed as fast as possible. In the past these flags also had an automatic downvote from the Community user. (...
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What are the best ways to find answers that should be flagged or edited?

I've been experimenting with the flagging system for the last couple of days. I have learned a few strategies, but I feel that I'm making little difference to the mountain of accumulated rubbish. ...
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How do I properly use the “Not an Answer” flag?

What is the "Not an Answer" flag and what is its purpose? When should I use this flag? When should I not use this flag? But I'm still not sure if I'm using the flag correctly... An answer is "Not an ...
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Why there isn't reputation points for successful flagging?

By helping the site by flagging successfully (and therefore gaining higher flag weight), you typically inform that you are able to understand the system and be helpful. Similarly, when you are ...
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Flag as “a duplicate” vs “should be closed -> duplicate of”

I recently noticed that there are two very similar flags that can be used, "a duplicate" and "should be closed -> duplicate of". They look like they should accomplish the exact same task, and I don't ...
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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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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 it, so I wanted to retract the flag. This was my first time ever retracting a flag, so I ...
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Why should a flag be declined if it was correct at the time? [duplicate]

A question was posted a couple of days ago that was blatantly off topic. I do not yet have 3,000 reputation here so I am unable to vote to close a question. Instead I flagged it with the "Blatantly ...
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Should an Answer deleted by a moderator have a different/informative “can't undelete” message when voted to undelete?

Background: This question originated here as a genuine point of confusion from a UX message. The confusion was cleared up and the problem solved, but then a UX discussion came up and included ...
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What happens to NAA flag on a local meta?

As far as I can tell, when an answer on a main site is flagged as "not an answer" it enters the low quality posts review queue.1 What happens on per-site metas? On meta sites the only review queues ...
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If I'm out of spam flags, tell me sooner

At the moment, suppose I see a post that I want to flag. The workflow is: Open the page. Click “flag”. Select the flag reason. Click the “flag question” button. Get feedback that I've used up my ...
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Add ability to perform simple functions (e.g.: flag abusive and favorite questions) without registering if you are logged in

We block desirable actions when a user isn't registered for a particular Stack Exchange site. For example if a user wants to "favorite a question" or raise a "rude or abusive" or "in need of moderator ...
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How should I flag blatantly off-topic questions on Meta.SE: Close or VLQ?

Historically, when encountering blatantly off-topic questions (usually programming questions) here on Meta.SE, I would raise a Close flag (usually off-topic: This question does not appear to be about ...
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How to remove a flag on a comment? The retract flag button won't work for comments [duplicate]

I am wanting to remove a flag I posted on a comment on EL&U, and can't see how to remove it, there is no 'retract flag button'. I can't see how to do it in the help centre and would like to know ...
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The case of the disappearing flag

On October 26th I raised a flag on one of the answers to this Meta question on Personal Finance & Money: Have there been any "Is this a scam?" questions that the answer was "No&...
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Can we make it easier for moderators to notice chat flags when looking at a user's site profile?

A couple years ago SE implemented a user dashboard for moderators, making it much easier to see at a glance a bunch of relevant information, including recent flags raised against the user. This ...
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New flag overview UI - “dropdown-arrows” used but there's no dropdown action

The UI in the flags overview has received an update with some nice design love, and it looks good. The only thing that bothers me a little is that there's these arrow-style icons (>) in the menu ...