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Retracting duplicate flag should remove auto-generated comment [duplicate]

Now that we can retract flags, I think when a duplicate flag is retracted, the comment that was created as a result of the flag, should be removed as well. This has a bit to do with this question: &...
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<50 reputation users can't delete comments that were posted on their behalf

Some preface: I have an alternate account that I'm using to gain rep in order to help test/build bots for the SOBotics community on stackoverflow. Bot accounts are essentially users, and they need 20 ...
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Can we have a mod tool to prevent posts from being selected for review audits, without invalidating flags?

I've been wanting to ask this question for some time. This question is a clear example of the need for the request: Wrong review question? Quoting from the answer: I handled the flags and ...
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“thanks for flagging” popup gets messed up when the comment is automatically deleted

For some comments, the comment is automatically deleted when you raise a flag. This includes certain keywords and short +1 comments. But when you raise that flag with the new comment flag interface, ...
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Remove the “thanks for flagging” popup after the user has raised a number of flags

Currently, whenever anyone flags a comment, they get this popup: or, more recently: I personally find this really annoying, especially since I flag a great many comments a day (on the order of ...
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What will the comment flag dialog look like after our new CoC has been shipped?

In response to this: Did the comment flag dialog change? Will there be future dialog changes? The answer gave an overview of what will be changing. When the Code of Conduct ships, we're replacing ...
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In the flag summary, put the pending flags on top of old ones for flags on the same post

When viewing your flag summary, you are presented with a list of flags, sorted by post. If you flag a bunch of comments on the same post, those are all listed together... including pending flags on ...
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Is it OK to mass flag if they would be helpful flags?

I'm currently part of Android Stack Exchange, and there are tons of things to flag there. APK building help, app recommendations, phone suggestions - and even spam. So many, I have almost used all my ...
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How to remove or correct blatantly incorrect answers when the poster refuses to update

I've seen "answers" which are simply factually wrong, and have commented on those "answers" to correct it, even providing the proof of the facts, but the posters are simply refusing. I've tried ...
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Mod flag for plagiarism [duplicate]

If I raise a moderator flag pointing out blatant plagiarism, and the OP deletes the post (perhaps because of downvotes, or because someone points out the plagiarism), what happens? Does a moderator ...
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Deleting own questions ban [duplicate]

Followup of this question: How can a question banned user fix their questions if they're deleted? And the answer for it: https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/230660/ Since I don't have 5 reputation, ...
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Flagging a comment displays the word “flag”, changes to image of red flag upon reload

Since this change was just rolled out, I noticed a bug in flagging comments. When I submit a comment flag, the vote and flag buttons change to the word "flag" in red-colored text: Then, after I ...
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How to flag rude/abusive suggested edit from a user who has made no posts? [duplicate]

This meta post Flag abusive users suggests to flag abusive users by flagging one of the posts, so that the mods can deal with the problem. However, on The Workplace (where I am a moderator), we had a ...
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Can a question/answer/comment be flagged more than once but not be unflagged?

When I flag some question, answer or comment, I would expect the flag button to turn into some "undo" button or just disappear, but it seems to stay the same. And when a flag is declined, the button ...
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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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Could we flag closes as inappropriate somehow?

I stumbled upon a question on Stack Overflow which concerns a specific, but common enough field of knowledge to have an own tag. It is this one: How to solve the Misra Warning about applying bitwise ...
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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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Is this kind of question “unclear what you're asking” or "too broad? [closed]

What should a question like this be flagged for? I'm torn between "unclear what you're asking" and "too broad". My problem here is indeed applicable to other sites, too. This question on the blender ...
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Flag dialog box should show the contents of the custom flag raised earlier

The appearance of the flag dialog box after a custom flag was raised: The custom flag box tells me "This is the flag you currently have raised". While this is technically correct, it isn't very ...
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Cancelling flags doesn't work from the Android app

In this question, the feature of canceling flags is explained. But I don't find a retract flag button after flagging a question or answer. As I'm using the Android app, I'm wondering if this is only ...
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Could the flag warning and ban formulas be improved?

This is a sort of programming / logic question based on this answer on meta: Flaggers with a recent (past 7 days) flagging history consisting of at least 10 handled flags where >= 10% of flags were ...
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Allow extra details for standard flag types

Stack Overflow is currently doing a push to avoid use of moderator attention flags in the case where a standard flag would do. In that thread they say it's fine to use a mod attention flag if you want ...
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Should a custom flag be used instead of the “not an answer” flag when the answer isn't a blatant non-answer?

There appears to be a bit of a dispute going on in the FAQ answer here. On one hand, a group mostly consisting of Stack Overflow moderators says that if it isn't immediately clear that an answer isn't ...
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In question lists, don't show “modified by SomeAbusiveName” when a post is deleted as rude or spam

When a post is deleted as rude/abusive or spam, people who can see deleted posts don't see the content directly -- they have to click through a notice to see what lies beyond. If the post is a ...
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How to deal with a duplicate question if you can't flag

So, on Biology Stack Exchange, I found this question: Why do snails come out of the grass when it rains? I did some searching and I found a very similar question that had already been asked and ...
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Want ability to flag comment for the author, rather than moderators, to notice

Occasionally, I write a comment about an answer or question; then the author makes an edit, telling me "@einpoklum: see edit" or something similar. At this point, and if my comment is not otherwise ...
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Allow to add incriminating evidence to a spam flag [duplicate]

Since a post is only considered spam if the user is associated with the product promoted, mods need evidence of the association, and have proven to mishandle the flags if this fact is nontrivial to ...
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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 ...