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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
271
votes
2answers
27k views

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 ...
439
votes
7answers
5k views

Cancel misclicked flags

I'm wondering (since it just happened to me), is it possible to "cancel" ("undo", "delete", "retract", whatever) a flag I just raised if I misclicked it, so the mods won't waste time? I looked ...
121
votes
7answers
3k views

Can we get some consensus on what flag to use for link only answers? [duplicate]

Related: Since moderators are just asking users to flag a custom "Link only answer," can we permanently make this a flag option? (not a dupe, that's a feature request and was closed as a ...
84
votes
1answer
1k views

Why does flag marking as helpful/declined not always correlate with moderator action?

I flagged a post and (choose one) my flag was marked as helpful, yet nothing was done my flag was marked as declined, yet the post was deleted/edited/closed Why? Return to FAQ index
357
votes
1answer
7k views

What is a disputed flag?

In my flagging summary under the statistics, there is 1 flag listed as "disputed". This is the first time I've ever seen a disputed flag in my summary, so I'm just curious, what is a disputed flag? ...
83
votes
1answer
2k views

Why are the moderators being so strict with quality related flags recently?

I recently flagged a question as "very low quality", just like I've flagged many questions in the past. However, my flag was found to be unhelpful this time. The same thing happened when I recently ...
63
votes
3answers
6k views

How does the “rude or abusive” flag work? [duplicate]

It is possible to flag a post as “rude or abusive” (formerly “offensive”). What is the effect of the “rude or abusive” flag? When should the “rude or abusive” flag be used? Is there any way to remove ...
68
votes
4answers
2k views

Flag abusive users

I think the community does a great job policing questions/answers, etc. and the community has some good tools available to do this. Between flagging questions with some reasons behind it and editing ...
80
votes
2answers
4k views

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 ...
92
votes
4answers
4k views

Is the Very Low Quality flag too ambiguous?

The "Very Low Quality" (VLQ) flag reason is really annoying me. It is the analog to the mommy mommy flag (which my 1.5-year-old child raises quite frequently). It provides no real clue as to what ...
132
votes
3answers
4k views

Allow recovery from flag hellban

Currently, users can get stuck in a permanent flag hellban from which there is no recovery. I've asked around before and it doesn't look like recovery is possible. To recover, you'd need to gain ...
137
votes
2answers
1k views

Dismiss flags on the same posts with different validities

Sometimes a post has both valid flags and invalid flags. As far as I can tell, all the flags on the same post have to be dismissed with the same validity. The scenario I encountered (on this question)...
67
votes
1answer
1k views

Update Migration Path List for Non-Moderators [closed]

Currently the migration path options from SO are: Meta.SO Serverfault SuperUser Webmasters Programmers If we are going to be limited to 5 options, shouldn't we periodically re-evaluate which sites ...
64
votes
4answers
4k views

Should I flag answers which contain only a link as “not an answer”? [duplicate]

More than often I get a lot of itch when I see an answer which contains only a link. For example this one. Check this link, it will solve your query.. http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/...
48
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
29
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
144
votes
5answers
6k views

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 ...
395
votes
9answers
17k views

Can a machine be taught to flag spam automatically?

TL;DR: We did it, so... yes. What is this? Charcoal is the organization behind the SmokeDetector bot and other nice things. This bot scans new posts across the entire network for spam posts and ...
142
votes
3answers
3k views

Can we have a way to undo a flag? [duplicate]

I know there is already a question about undoing a comment flag. However, that question was before there was the concept of flag weight. I flagged an answer for attention because it contains both A. ...
53
votes
1answer
3k views

Are the new moderator flag limits sufficiently high?

Last month, the flag limits got an increase based on reputation points: In order to encourage more flagging, we have increased the number of general moderator flags available to 10 per day, plus ...
164
votes
4answers
2k views

Add escalation system to chat flags

The offensive/spam flags in chat are shown to every moderator from a parent site (on chat.stackexchange.com that is every SE 2.0 moderator, more than 200 right now) and 10k chat users as well. This is ...
39
votes
2answers
947 views

When should the “Not an Answer” flag be used? [duplicate]

A few hours ago, I flagged an answer as not an answer. Additionally, I left a comment, basically saying that this answer has nothing to do with the question. My flag got declined with the following ...
31
votes
2answers
916 views

No custom off topic message when flagging on SO

I have less than 3000 rep on StackOverflow. Now that the new closing changes are live, I cannot supply a custom off topic message: I can enter a custom off topic flag message without issue here on ...
132
votes
12answers
4k views

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. ...
34
votes
3answers
883 views

How to read the flagging summary?

The new flagging summary (click on your number of helpful flags in your profile) is cool, however some posts have a gray background, some don't. What does it mean? example:
38
votes
0answers
657 views

Is an option missing in the new off-topic reasons?

I really like the new option structure when flagging - I have in particular missed the "Minimal understanding" option. However, I think that one option is missing. If we look at this rambling ...
191
votes
5answers
2k views

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,...
39
votes
3answers
1k views

Add a “link-only answer” flag reason

Typically when I see a link-only answer, I have to use a custom flag and explain in the text box that it is, usually simply in the form of typing just "link-only answer." I think that there should be ...
38
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
75
votes
6answers
1k views

Bring back review numbers to the top bar

Though I never quite understood what those numbers were and they were quite ugly, they were the only reason I ever visited the reviews page. Can we have similar functionality back on the top bar ...
53
votes
2answers
974 views

Hide “not an answer” and “very low quality” flags in the moderator flag queue

At present, when something is flagged as "not an answer" or "very low quality", that flagged post appears alongside all other flags that moderators have to handle. However, a little while ago these ...
38
votes
3answers
380 views

Flagging summary improvement: filters

Here is my flagging summary on SU: Your flagging history 32 posts flagged as requiring moderator attention 2 are waiting for review 3 were marked valid 1 were marked invalid (older flags ...
60
votes
8answers
5k views

How aggressively should we maintain and improve very popular questions?

I was discussing this question on team chat: How do I perform an IF...THEN in an SQL SELECT? This question is a high value asset on Stack Overflow, it already has 150k views, 120+ total votes ...
130
votes
12answers
1k views

Proposed improvement to flagging, for answers

Currently the Flag feature, on answers, offers five choices. Three of them request moderator attention: Not an answer Very low quality "Other" In the spirit of reducing the burden on moderators, and ...
36
votes
4answers
1k views

How should we handle flag weight for invalid flags?

The 10k tools area has a section for flags. In this section (and only this section) you can flag a post as having invalid flags. As it stands we have special treatment for this flag as it relates to ...
51
votes
6answers
830 views

Please take care when flagging answers as “low quality.”

When flagging an answer as "low quality" you see some explanatory text that reads: This answer has serious formatting or content issues and might not be salvageable. An effort should be made to ...
60
votes
2answers
514 views

If I have flagged a post, show me a “flags” link in my profile

The Problem Currently if I flag a post, I cannot check the status of the flag unless I have prior helpful flags. This means, for example, that a new user who wants to check the status of his first ...
62
votes
3answers
2k views

Why don't we treat rubbish the same as spam?

Spam gets fairly heavily punished - 100 reputation penalty, if I recall correctly, and the content itself gets hidden in the revision history. Now if we just have some rubbish: ...
40
votes
3answers
862 views

Don't let flag-to-close flags linger for months in flag purgatory

Here is the close queue: Here is an active flag I have: I currently have 5 flags pending in the close queue. Some, like this one, are months old. This doesn't feel right and may discourage ...
12
votes
1answer
493 views

Can flags send a post into the Low Quality Posts review queue?

I'm trying to clear the last few TODOs in What are the guidelines for reviewing?, so it can eventually go into the FAQ. The section on the Low Quality Posts queue currently says: Questions appear ...
94
votes
3answers
800 views

Add “Flag as Other” checkbox to “Vote to Close as Off-Topic” dialog

Ok, after seeing the idea here, and following the chain here, and seeing it here, I think I have the best time/stress saving option for closing as off-topic. How about we put a checkbox in the close ...
37
votes
3answers
2k views

How should I handle possible revenge downvotes?

I don't like such kind of questions on Meta, so I will try to make it a good question and describe all with a details. Today I down-voted https://stackoverflow.com/questions/7469685/what-could-be-a-...
29
votes
2answers
304 views

New flagging dialog has a duplicate for duplicate

We've changed the flagging format from today(AFAIK) as below, looks good. But, when I select it should be closed for another reason... I can see the same reason duplicate on the top. What ...
53
votes
5answers
726 views

The flag pop up on heavily downvoted answers has grey text

Go to any random heavily downvoted answer Click on the flag button . Is this status-bydesign? This is still happening, over a year later, and with work having been done updating the flagging ...
37
votes
5answers
590 views

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 ...
17
votes
1answer
299 views

Should flagging a question for closure prevent close-voting?

Back in April, I flagged a post as "not a real question". The post was subsequently closed and reopened, then closed again and finally just reopened a 2nd time a short time ago. I still firmly ...
80
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
109
votes
3answers
833 views

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'...
54
votes
2answers
454 views

Add ability to Flag a User or Suggested Edit

I am aware this has been brought up before. I'm also aware it has been brought up specifically for edits before. However, new features on the site may warrant a fresh look. Specifically, suggested ...
18
votes
3answers
882 views

The limits to a Very Low Quality answer

I was re-reading Jeff's answer to the recent question: Is the Very Low Quality flag too ambiguous? mainly because today I wanted to use that flag for the first time. Quoting him, this flag means that: ...