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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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Could a flag status change? (revisited) [duplicate]

Yet another flag status question... However I've read that: A flag's status will never change once it has been set. From: Can I get rid of “disputed” flag stat, if it turned out to be ...
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If a spammer makes many posts using multiple accounts, should all be flagged?

At current, it appears that a spammer is creating multiple accounts to ask very low-quality, off-topic questions on SE.Skeptics. The spammer is also creating more accounts to provide spam answers to ...
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Should I flag obviously wrong answers as NAA? [duplicate]

I came across some scenarios like these: Case 1: Obviously not true Q: Why does the sun rise and fall every day? A: Because the Earth self-rotates. A2: Because the sun orbits around the ...
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How to flag a flag?

I've found a question that's incorrectly flagged as an duplicate. I'm not the author of the question. Still, I would like to request moderator intervention regarding the flag. How do I do that? One ...
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How does the “link-only answer” comment get generated? [duplicate]

Here is an example: Add indication that canned comments are from review This never shows up for me in the First Posts review queue.
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Can we change the wording on Very Low Quality Answer Flag

The current wording: This answer has severe formatting or content problems. This answer is unlikely to be salvageable through editing, and might need to be removed. The wording of this flag ...
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Flag for “official answer” on this and other metas

It would be nice to have a "flag for official answer" on questions on this and other metas for getting the attention of SE employees on feature-requests and bugs where the community has weighed in ...
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Always link to flag count

I flagged something, and I don't know if it's declined or just pending because there's no link: I have not edited nor voted on that site, but, in case it's relevant, I have one answer with 0 ...
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Time is not shown for flags submitted yesterday [duplicate]

There is a bit of a discrepancy when showing when a flag was submitted. A flag submitted yesterday does not show at what time it was submitted, it just states "yesterday". Other, older, flags show ...
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Comments have already been moved to chat …nope

Something weird happened as I was handling an auto-flag (more than 20 comments on answer) earlier today: I clicked Move comments to chat and okayed the prompt to also delete the comments, and then ...
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Clicking “flags remaining” should link to a user's flag history page

On the screen for flagging posts, there's a small bit of text for "flags remaining". My small suggestion would be to have the "flags remaining" text link directly to the current user's flag history ...
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What causes a flag to be “aged away”? [duplicate]

In my flagged post history, I noticed a section for "aged away" flags. What exactly are "aged away" flags? Does it just mean the flag was inactive for a while? If so, how long does a flag need to be ...
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Flag plagiarism on OP-deleted post?

Periodically (including just now) I'll come across plagiarism where the post has been downvoted, commented on calling out the plagiarism, and subsequently deleted by the OP. (In this case — ...
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Low tolerance to newbies? [duplicate]

I understand this has been asked before, as per search, but none of the other questions tried to engage [in my opinion] and provide an actual solution. The Problem: Lately, I've been feeling ...
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Abusive post / offensive comment [duplicate]

Why when flagging a post I see "rude or abusive": But for comment similar option looks as "rude or offensive": Should the text be different? P.S. English is not my native language :)
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Make clearer the difference between how the /admin/users page and flags on the user count flags

I recently got confused over how a certain part of the 'Users with flagged posts' works. @bluefeet explained that the number on /admin/users is all flags on a user's ID, while if you click that link ...
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Why would the users page in the mod tools be showing three flags on a user when there are only two?

While browsing through the mod stuff, I took a look at the /users page. There I noticed that on the all time stats, my own name was showing with three flags: So, curious, I clicked to see what ...
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Separate the ignore-time-filter checkbox from the top post

In the "flags" view of the Moderator Tools dashboard, there's a horizontal line between each listed flagged item and the next. But the "ignore time filter" checkbox appears atop the first-listed item, ...
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Duplicate question from same user, neither one has answers

What should I do if I see that a user has posted the exact same problem multiple times? Neither of the questions have answers, so I can't flag the latter one as a duplicate of the first one. Is it ...
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How do 'useful' flags work? [duplicate]

I flagged a question on ELU as proofreading, (which it is). I see later that it has been put on hold, but only by Dan Bron and tchrist♦. How do flags work? I'm not trying to get a mention or any ...
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Is a “sum up” answer with little to no added value worth flagging?

I've read everything I found on this topic but nothing addressing this particular issue: There's a popular question with a popular and accepted answer that correctly answers the question asked and ...
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Why did flagging a comment as obsolete quickly delete it? [duplicate]

On Stack Overflow, a new user forgot to add the language tag on this post. I asked him about it. After getting the reply, I edited the post to include language tag. Then I forgot about it for three ...
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Can we get rid of the 'Comments are not for extended discussion; this conversation has been moved to chat.' “feature”? [duplicate]

I truly loathe the 'Comments are not for extended discussion; this conversation has been moved to chat.' (air-quotes)"feature". Semantically, it does not even make sense: why move a conversation to ...
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Make it possible to have new “ignore time filter” option checked by default

This new feature is pretty nifty! As the moderator of a small site with few flags, it'd be really cool if it were possible to have a setting that allowed me to keep the box ticked by default rather ...
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“Ignore time filter” in moderator flag view

I noticed this in the moderator dashboard today: What sort of wizardry is this? I did a search on meta for this feature, didn't find anything. What's being filtered and why are we doing that?
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Delete flag record

I used flag 6 times when I didn't knew what flagging means. They all were declined. I want to delete those from my account. How do I delete them? Edit: By didn't knew I mean I didn't knew how do I ...
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Should users be reported for deleted comments?

If a user leaves a rude or offensive comment and then deletes it, should there be a way flag or report the message? For instance, let's say that a user leaves an offensive comment. Someone sees that ...
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Can we have an authoritative answer here that we can point to for outlying troll behaviours?

There's a question and answer (now deleted), by two unregistered users. These posts sparked much discussion on whether it was a misguided user or a troll, whether the answer was NAA or rude/abusive ...
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Should under 10k users be allowed to see select deleted answers?

The opposite of this question, I would be interested in allowing all users to see deleted posts that were flagged as poor questions. Obviously rude & abusive answers should be hidden away, but ...
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How should the “very low quality” flag be used?

On more than one occasion, across different sites of the network, I have raised the "very low quality" flag. Apparently, a few mods (it came out while discussing after the fact) are unaware that this ...
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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 ...
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Flagging a non-answer that has obviously already been flagged [duplicate]

When browsing the homepage, I often come across new answers that don't qualify as answers (e.g. they are actually other questions, or just a comment). I then, of course, flag them. But in the case ...
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When comments are flagged, and the user is destroyed, the flags remain

This is an obscure bug that only can be seen by moderators. I found a flag on a few comments of a user that were just spam. When I looked at the user, it was obvious he was only created to spam, and I ...
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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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Adding and accepting own answer that only says “I did what X said”

I noticed some questions like "how do I do something?" that several people have answered. Say the answers are "do A", "do B", "do C", ... At the end there is an accepted answer from the person who ...
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Greyed out flag options

Not sure if status-bydesign or not: When reviewing an already-raised flag (in this case, Rude/Abusive), I found the option I had selected greyed out (as expected), but also the spam option greyed out ...
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Please fix message for last rejected flag [duplicate]

My last flag has been declined by moderator, and now I see a message: Your last flag was declined - please review it before flagging this post! for ALL new flags. These new flags are currently in ...
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Is it necessary to flag negative questions for non-critical reasons?

Negatively scored questions are automatically deleted after 30 days. If a negative question is simply a bad question (not spam, not abusive and not a duplicate) should I even bother flagging it for ...
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How to flag link-only answers / what happened to the very low quality flag?

I ran across an answer on Stack Overflow that is a link only answer. The link in the answer is dead. Normally I would have flagged this as very low quality (VLQ), but the flag doesn't exist anymore. ...
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What kind of flag should I raise when I see garbage? [duplicate]

I am wondering which flag to raise upon catching sight of something like this: Asdfghjkl lkjhgfdsa Spam? It's not promoting anything. Rude or abusive? It's not speaking ill of anything. Not an ...
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One flag vs multiple flags

Although infrequent, I have noticed that some users comment on some questions to inform other users that they should flag the question for some reason or another. Typically, it is my opinion that the ...
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What is the guidance for using “Standard Flags?”

I recently flagged a question with a custom flag reason, explaining in detail why I thought it should be closed (I don't have close privileges on the site in question). My flag was rejected with the ...
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Is there any consequence to incorrectly flagging or voting to close a question as a duplicate?

It happened quite a few times to me that a question of mine was incorrectly flagged as a duplicate of another question (usually a similar question that is not as specific as mine). Most of the times ...
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“More than 10 answers posted in the last 7 days” flag + new question is usually not helpful; can we adjust?

As a moderator on a high-activity site I see the "too many answers" Community auto-flag fairly often. This flag (on a question) says: More than 10 answers posted in the last 7 days (There's also ...
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Users with <15 rep cannot see moderator responses to their flags

Users with <15 rep can flag their own posts, but when these flags are handled by moderators, it seems that they do not have access through the GUI to the moderator's response. That is, instead of ...
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Avoid dead-end when flagging for migration and site isn't listed

This is the last step a person might take before hitting a dead-end: This question belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network I recently wanted to flag a question on SO as belonging on ...
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My memory is terrible. Please tell me what I wrote in mod-call flags!

When flagging for moderator attention, I try to give concise and useful detail, then send. Sometimes there are many issues and I point out each by shorthand, sometimes I just focus on the highly ...
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Spam-Flag Wave seemed to crash chat

At about 19:35 UTC on January 10, 2017, a very large number of chat flags were sent from the Russian StackOverflow chatroom to every 10k user on the network. Shortly afterwards, chat began to lag ...
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Alignment issue in the Flagging > Closing > Off-Topic section

There is a minor alignment issue in the Flagging > Closing > Off-Topic section. The radio button's margin-top is not matching with the text content, in remaining sections the alignment is set ...
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Post not getting automatic downvote on abuse flag

I flagged these as rude and abusive of site resources and ToS. One briefly got an automatic downvote, which disappeared and then reverted, the other never had the automatic downvote. I have refeshed ...