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Proper response to user abusing “flag as duplicate” [duplicate]

My 4 year old question was flagged as a duplicate of this 4 month old question by the same user who posted that question. My question has more upvotes on both the question and the answer, and is (...
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How best can we deal with (potential) false flagging political posts?

I recently posted an answer to a political question that was, let's be honest, a politically challenging, but not abusive, answer. Checking the Be Nice policy, I don't feel that I've done anything ...
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How does comment moderation work after the flags?

I tried to find how the comment moderation works under the hood and I wasn't able to find the data. (I asked a bit in the chat too.) My specific question is, how does MSE decide punitive steps, and ...
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Remove post/comment after you cast the final flag

yes, I know development on the apps is discontinued for the moment. I'm just putting this here in case it gets rolling again in 6-8 years ... On the full & mobile website, whenever you flag a ...
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Flag as duplicate option is … duplicate? [duplicate]

It just came to my attention that when flagging (not VTC) a Question as duplicate one is presented with the following options: As we can see, among those is the "a duplicate..." option. However, if ...
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Facilitate flagging and use of moderator tools from mobile devices

Currently, neither can comments be flagged from the mobile version of SE web pages, nor do moderators receive any notification of flags (most moderator tools are unavailable). The work-around is to ...
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Custom flags should be disabled on locked posts when you have another pending flag

I've flagged this answer as Not An Answer, and the flag is still pending. Because I want to give some more background information about this user, I'd like to switch to a custom moderator flag instead....
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How should I flag issues that go outside a single question

There was a question on Worldbuilding that was closed: I need a way to transfer two men from a submarine to a sunken rocket A few days later, I saw this question: How can I transfer two men from a ...
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On flags to migrate a question, why was the site I selected no longer shown in the flag history?

In a very distant past (before the closing overhaul), I vaguely remember that if I cast a recommend closure flag on a question, it would show in my personal flag history as "off-topic; belongs on [...
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What are your big problems with duplicates?

I'm quite new to Stack exchange, and I have only asked a few questions. But more than half of the questions were quickly closed as off-topic/duplicate/etc. I understand that noone wants Spam ...
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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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The comments section is a train wreck - which comment do I flag for moderator attention? [duplicate]

I recently saw this answer on Cooking.SE. The comments section there is a disaster, so I flagged for moderator attention on the first comment on the answer. However, I'm not sure if I should have ...
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Can mods notify each other from the different posts in the form of flags?

Considering, that nobody can see flags except mods, a flag raised by a mod could serve as a mod-only, only mod-visible notification to a post. I am thinking on notes like this: "To avoid whining, I ...
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Allow flagging of deleted posts as rude and abusive

Currently, it's not possible to flag a deleted post as rude and abusive. A post with 6 rude and abusive flags causes the owner to lose 100 rep, as well as having their question deleted. By contrast, ...
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Should we do something against a 'call to arms' to flag bad content for factual accuracy? [duplicate]

Recently, a user 'called to arms' on chat to cast flags on potentially incorrect advise on Stack Overflow. As this incorrectness was seemingly correct, I flagged en mass, without giving it much ...
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Flagging, with enough rep to VTC

This question prompted me to a thought: On at least one stack, I have sufficient rep to VTC. However, there are occasions when I think a question may be ... um, “questionable”, but I'm not ...
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Best option for closing a question, using “close” button or “flag” button

Now I have enough reputation to vote for close a question if required. So I found there are two ways to close them. First is by clicking in the close button and choose option which is relevant...And ...
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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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Remove/Change mention of disclosure in spam flag reason

This is a follow-up to my previous question. I think we should change the description of the spam flag to either make it clearer that disclosure isn't required, or remove that part of the description ...
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How accurate are users with their spam flags?

A comment by shog9 piqued my interest on this. FWIW, I'm happy to provide data on the accuracy of spam flaggers if requested... But please make it a separate question so I don't have to post ...
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End the edit grace period upon two or more spam/rude flags being raised

I am aware that a similar suggestion was made and rejected. The major criticism of that one was essentially this The only problem with this is it's unexpected - there's no visible trace on that ...
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A machine can flag spam automatically. Can it do better?

Since this has been posted, we've done a few things: We now cast four flags on posts that pass an accuracy threshold (current 99.9% historical confidence) SmokeDetector now casts the first ...
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Awarded 'deputy' badge for helpful flags I haven't raised

So, I've been awarded the deputy badge on Graphic Design for raising 80 helpful flags. I'm pretty awesome. https://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/users/27180/paddy?tab=activity&sort=all Much ...
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Allow retracting a moderator flag if the post has been deleted and I don't have enough rep

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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Migration options for flagging posts on unix.stackexchange [duplicate]

Reference: How can I tell if Comcast is blocking access to an IP? I wanted to support a commentator who pointed out that the question was off-topic for the Unix site and should be better put on ...
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Spam flags and Rude/Abusive flags - Is the difference practical?

As per the FAQ, we know that there are two small differences between spam flags and rude or abusive flags (referred to below as S and R/A, respectively). If a deleted post has at least 1 valid spam ...
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Mod Tooling for comments UI improvement suggestions

I am going through the moderator tooling over the next [timeframe] and create some feature requests that I think would improve the UI a bit. I have more radical suggestions for a complete overhaul, ...
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Can moderators handle flags cast on their own content?

I was wondering what happens in the case content posted by moderators is flagged for some reason. I did some research but missed in finding some information on those cases. It is true that, being a ...
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Dupehammer does not include flagged duplicate suggestions

If a 3k user votes to close a question A as a dupe of B and then another user dupehammers to C, both B and C are listed in the close notice. However, when a user with <3k rep flags as a duplicate ...
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Suggestions for improving the moderator flag overlay view

I find the flag overlays to be really useful when reviewing flags but I think that they could use some finessing. The two main points for improvement I suggest are: When there are lots of flags on a ...
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A proposal to stop the unjustified downvotes

Right now we have the downvote and the flagging system. A downvote, in my opinion, should only be cast together with a flag. Hence, I would propose that we incorporate the flagging system into the ...
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To what extent should a moderator investigate a flag?

If a user posts a flag, stating that a post is inflammatory, to what extent should the moderator investigate said post? Should they perform any research to confirm that there is or is not any such ...
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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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Is it OK to retract flags?

I have a habit that whenever I see a bad answer, I flag as NAA or VLQ and leave a (auto) comment to point out the reason for my flag. Sometimes after six to eight weeks a few hours the author sees my ...
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Flagging (or marking) questions for your own purposes

I want to start offering bounties on a stack that I no longer visit regularly. It has been suggested that I go through unanswered questions looking for good questions that I find interesting and are, ...
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Improvements to handling questions with too many answers

I noticed something today on Software Engineering when dealing with an autogenerated moderator flag regarding "More than 10 answers posted to this question in the past 7 days". Mainly - this flag isn'...
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Intentional nuisance question - rude flag or moderator flag (or no flag)?

For example, this question: Can someone tell me what this programming language is? 105_ 107_110_111_119_ 116_104_101_114_101_115_ 110_111_ 119_97_121_ 116_111_ ...
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Abusive, but not rude [duplicate]

I came across a post, which was basically gibberish like "hsuheuduehuhfuheufhufe". Originally I marked it as spam, but it was not accepted. Why? It should have been marked at rude and abusive. ...
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Is the duplicate question flag being overused? [duplicate]

Within the Stackoverflow community (and probably others) it has become common place for a question to be marked as a duplicate if it has the same or similar answer to another question. Do people ...
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Is there any way to view comment flags in the Data Explorer?

Using the Data Explorer (SEDE), is there any way to view the flags on individual comments? After reading this post, it appears there is plenty of information in the tables FlagTypes, PendingFlags, ...
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“Possible vandalism: deletions” flag should not be triggered by Community auto-deletion

Currently, the system will raise a "possible vandalism: deletions" flag when a set number of posts by a user have been deleted in a short period. This also seems to take into account unvoted answers ...
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How do duplicate (and other closure) flags from low rep users work? [duplicate]

I have been trying to find out how vote-to-close flags from users with less than 3000 rep work, but I can't find the kind of information I want, not even from the help centre or FAQ. I have gathered ...
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Which flag should we use for questions which request how to crack? [closed]

Update: As suggested by Catija in comments, each site has different flagging policy, so I've posted on Stack Overflow meta. Stack Overflow meta - Which flag should we use for questions which request ...
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Any way to see my personal flag history on chat? [duplicate]

As the question title says, I am wondering if there is any way for an user to review the history of flags he raised on one of the chat sites. The main sites provide a flag-summary page, but I couldn't ...
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How can I be sure that my flag has been seen? [duplicate]

How can I be sure that a moderator of a site has checked my flag and did they take any action? Is there any way to know? I flagged a post some days ago and still I am seeing the post (the post wasn'...
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Remove duplicate on someone else's post [duplicate]

I was testing an answer locally on someone else's post recently, only for it to be marked (in error) as duplicate. Whilst I can see why the duplicator (for want of a better word) did what they did; ...
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Make the moderator flag comment max length longer

Currently it's 200 chars if you mod-flag a comment, 500 if you mod-flag a question or answer. It's impossible to "Be specific and detailed!" in 200 characters, and a challenge even in 500. Suggest a ...
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Can we have an auto-flag for posts deleted as spam, rude or abusive?

I just came across, in normal browsing of the site I am a moderator on, another post from a drive-by user which had legitimately been deleted as "spam or rude or abusive". In a way, that's great, ...
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Why can I only choose certain sites for migrating a question? [duplicate]

Question Why can I only choose certain sites for migrating a question? History This question has been asked before. Originally (6 years and 9 months ago): When voting to migrate an off-topic ...
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How to distinguish ham from spam

On my way to familiarize myself with flagging I sometimes have to risk a decline to explore the limits. On that occasion, I stumbled over a border where I would like to ask for clarification. We use ...