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How can we recommend new question close flags? For example: “can't answer because didn't provide code” on Stack Overflow [closed]

I've been contributing a bit lately to Stack Overflow and I have noticed an extremely common trend for new users to post questions explaining their problem, but not providing any code. Things like: ...
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Should I flag spam accounts even if they didn't post any content yet? [duplicate]

Every day I see many of such accounts being created. They rarely post spam (probably because they get blocked by the system) and if they do post spam content they are sometimes nuked by mods. I am not ...
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Show red flags to moderators of other sites if no local mod handles it in a certain time frame

There is a discussion underway in the Charcoal chat room on a certain spam post on ExpressionEngine Answers. Some of us flagged it as spam almost 24 hours ago, but flags are still pending, and a ...
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Post deleted but Not an Answer flag is still pending

Not sure if this is somehow related to all the wonkiness going on with the CSS updates recently but a recent deleted post on SFF was deleted (via 3 users) but the flags haven't been marked as helpful ...
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Should the disposition of a flag to add the [status-review] tag match the final action on the post?

In a recent post covering the future of the status-review tag, JNat ♦ mentioned, Users may flag a post that they believe should be tagged status-review and the moderators or staff will decide ...
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Shouldn't my answer in Law Meta be reinstated? (abuse of flags) [closed]

A user posted on Law Meta this question after learning that the activity levels on Law SE are pretty low. I posted my answer yesterday, and it was deleted/hidden & locked by Community few hours ...
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Is posting doxxing information ever acceptable?

I would think the obvious answer here is no, but... Recently certain American politicians have been circulating some unsubstantiated doxxing information alleging to out a whistleblower. This has led ...
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How do I check my flagging record on Area 51? [duplicate]

As of late, I have been flagging proposals on Area 51, primarily to alert moderators to proposals that have failed to meet minimum activity requirements but have not yet been closed or removed as ...
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What should I do if I am afraid to post for fear of downvote hell?

--- The General Question --- Should I avoid posting (writing questions or answers) unless I am willing (and able) to put forth the exorbitant effort required to produce "exceptional content". **Will ...
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In 2019, which sites had the fewest/most moderator-handled flags per question?

I just ask out of curiosity... Question: In 2019, which sites had the fewest/most moderator-handled flags per question? How to calculate this: from Shog9's Chinese.SE 2019: a year in moderation: ...
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Duplicate deletion (same time) in question timeline

Impressed by how quickly a post on Academia SE was correctly flagged as spam, I looked at the timeline for Academia post 142860 (10k on Academia required) — it was deleted 58 seconds after posting, ...
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Why do very old posts appear in the “Low Quality Posts” review queue?

According to the FAQ, the "Low Quality Posts" review queue is populated with posts that are either automatically suspected by the system to be low quality, or by posts that have been flagged as low ...
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Show popup when trying to downvote a spam post

I know this has been said many times, Don't downvote spam, flag it!, but still spam is being bombed with downvotes, why? Can we do something to prevent this? For reference, this post says: The ...
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If “a reasonable person would find this content inappropriate…” flag is rejected, is the flagger being judged as unreasonable?

Currently we have the "rude and abusive" flag: rude or abusive A reasonable person would find this content inappropriate for respectful discourse. Hence... Question: If "a reasonable person ...
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Explain reason for “not an answer” flag [duplicate]

This is about my following declined but helpful flag. History: I saw an answer which almost copy-pasted another answer and I decided to flag that. In my first flag, I chose not an answer option, as ...
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Is “helpful flag” data accessible via SEDE? [duplicate]

I'm looking to find the top flaggers on a given site, and am trying to do so in SEDE. I was inclined to write up a SEDE query, but, to my amateur eye, there doesn't seem to be any table that lists ...
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How to flag spam user profiles in the absence of posts to flag? [duplicate]

I came across this user profile, which contains links to the website of some sort of tv streaming service. A quick google revealed that the same text and links have been posted to dozens of websites ...
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Flag status for retracted flags

When we see flags summary page, retracted flags can be seen as self-removed status. Which I was seeing the first time, so I thought SO/SE had added something new. I hovered over it and it displays the ...
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Is an off-topic political message inherently rude or abusive?

A user posts a blatantly off-topic political message on a Stack Exchange site, but expresses it in civilized language. For example, something like this might qualify: Don't vote for [politician], ...
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Warn users when they are about to hit the “guaranteed” flag ban

Background: Guaranteed flag-ban after a series of helpful flags I've hit the "guaranteed" ban above more times than I should, the last time being just a few days ago. Shog9 ♦ mentioned above, in the ...
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Do declined comment flags count towards the ban? [duplicate]

It seems like only post flags' declination counts towards the ban. Do declined comment flags also count towards the ban?
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What was the reasoning behind the deletion of this comment?

Right off the bat I'm going to make it clear that I know full well that comments are ephemeral, transient, and <third-word-here>. This question is more focused on the fact that a comment, which ...
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How can I find posts in response to my posts that use pronouns?

I expect this can only be accomplished using data explorer, but I would like to find comments and answers in response to my content which use pronouns to refer to me. How do I search for specific ...
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What happens to pending flags when an account is deleted? [duplicate]

What happens to flags waiting for review for an account, when that account is deleted? Are they deleted with the account or do they stay in the queue anonymised?
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Allowing moderators to remove flag bans

Recently, I had a situation at Travel.SE, where I raised flags in good faith misunderstanding the purpose. Out of 7 declined flags in the past 7 days, 3 were my mistake, 3 were in good faith and 1 was ...
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Reviewing already flagged post

Note: I'm pretty new to reviewing. I couldn't find any posts about this yet, but that may just be my ignorance. I just got a review, but I'd already flagged the question as duplicate before. It ...
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7 day overkill flag ban [closed]

I recently hit 10,000 reputation on Travel.SE less than two weeks ago so I am new to moderating deleted posts and the moderator tools. The two flags which led to the ban I recently got a flag ban ...
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Do custom flags remain on deleted posts?

I occasionally see suspected underage users posting. Usually these posts get deleted for unrelated issues (if someone's stating their age, they're probably not writing very useful content either). I ...
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Do Spam posts’ personal info need to be redacted?

I recently saw a spam post (deleted) and flagged it for redaction as it contained a phone number, full name and email. The flag got declined with this message: declined - its spam, no need to ...
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Can mods contextually delete comments?

Recently, I've seen comments get deleted but the context around them aren't: (For clarity, the above comments are all responses, 4 initial comments were deleted, the top one is in response to ...
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Could you tell me what was rude about my answer and how I can avoid making the same mistake in future?

Yesterday, I posted a now deleted answer to Does Stack Exchange, Inc. really care about the LGBTQ+ community?. It has been removed by the Community user with a penalty of loosing 100 rep which ...
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How can we handle users derailing debates in comments?

Sometimes, here on SE sites, I have seen a behavior that I consider abusive. I'm sure that many other users here also saw that. I will use an anecdote to present it: Some users (let's call them ...
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A call for emergency moderation/tools on the sites that most need it

Can the community team please allocate emergency moderators to fill in temporarily on the sites that are suffering from lack of moderation? The behaviour is becoming rotten and it's destroying the ...
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(Flags) Leave Open ~ Declined, Looks OK ~ Disputed?

When a user raises a recommend closure flag on a question or a "not an answer" flag on an answer, the flagged posts get sent to the close votes and low quality posts review queues. However, if the ...
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Should cross-site duplicate flagging be allowed? [duplicate]

For a long time, Stack Overflow (and all of Stack Exchange) has banned question duplicates, one of the major flags. This has removed clutter from the sites of the same or very similar questions. ...
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Are the meta mods overwhelmed?

I have had a flag pending for 20+ hours now. In the past flags have always been handled in under an hour. I understand that the current turmoil is generating a LOT of work - abusive language is flying ...
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Does raising a flag again after a LQ answer was kicked off the queue by “Edit” actually work?

The rationale behind allowing the Edit button in the LQ (low-quality) review queue is if a reviewer didn't actually fix "all the problems" (what the usage guide says), it will at least bump the post ...
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Lack of disclosure where disclosure is required vs. voluntary disclosure where none is strictly required [duplicate]

Problem (The question will be found at the end, Question.) As a user of any Stack Exchange's community, you most likely stumbled through a post where for you that would be considered spam, but you'...
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Do comments that promote a user's post fall under spam?

Our current definition of spam focuses mainly on someone trying to sell you an off-site product. What makes something spam and when should I flag it? A post should be marked as spam only if it ...
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Can we have an auto-comment for the Off-topic flag

There are a lot of questions here on MSE that really deserve to be on any other "main" site in the network. They are usually met with a ferocious amount of downvotes, and usually closed (quickly). ...
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I can't flag a post on Area 51 even though I have 15 reputation

I can't flag a post even though I have over 15 reputation on Area 51. It still says I have flags remaining. I have not been banned from flagging. Why?
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Why are mods declining flags to add [featured] to pertinent questions?

I as well as other users have flagged some of the recent questions about ads and tracking users, so people can have some forewarning before their information is all over the internet. However, the ...
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Block First Post and Late Answer reviews when you can’t flag

The First Posts queue has 4 actions: Vote up or down to rate the question's quality and usefulness. Edit to improve the question's appearance or clarity. Comment to leave constructive ...
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Replace “You already voted to close …” after retracting vote

After retracting a close vote, the close dialog says You have already voted to close this question. But this statement is false as we retracted our vote, we are no longer able to vote again and our ...
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I see four different displayed messages for declined flags - in what condition does each one of them get triggered?

Whenever I go through my flagging history, I see some flags that were declined. However, I see four different messages for them: "Declined" "Declined - flags should only be ...
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Who raised most number of helpful flags on Stack Overflow and Meta?

There is a lot of discussion around meta about how to raise a helpful flag and flags getting declined, but I wonder: Who raised the most number of the helpful flags on Stack Overflow and meta by the ...
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Prevent duplicate flag to be marked as “aged away”

I understand the use of the aged away flags for closing requests for old questions (since standards may have been changed etc.). In https://meta.stackexchange.com/a/204347/334095 I found that aged ...
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Able to mark own close flag as helpful after reaching close votes privileges

I flagged this Lifehacks question a few days ago for being off-topic. This morning, I received enough upvotes to obtain the Close Vote privileges. My flag was still pending: I went to the question ...
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Could we have an indicator if a flag is escalated to SE employees, along with the current status?

It's well-known mods aren't almighty, and some problems require staff intervention. One of those cases is serial voting. Following a discussion here, could we have an indicator if a flag has been ...
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Add “more information” field when flagging [duplicate]

When I am generally flagging a post, I want to include more information for the people who are reviewing my flag. However, the only way I can add my two cents to it is to flag it for moderator ...

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