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Are wrong answers non-answers? [duplicate]

Suppose I ask, "What is the best way to add two numbers with my pocket calculator?" and someone answers "jQuery." That answer is obviously wrong, but it is technically an answer; ...
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Text not vertically centered in recent flag declined banner

I noticed that unlike many of the elements across SE the text in the "recent flag declined" banner isn't vertically centered inside the box. Notice the text is above a centered line, instead ...
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Appropriate measures for repeatedly posting the same content across the network

The user https://stackoverflow.com/users/12923651/polcott is very excited about their "insight" about an error in the proof of the Halting problem, and so they would like to share it with ...
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Inconsistent wording between list and filter for some flag states

In the flag summary, the filter on the right uses different words for some statuses than the list: "pending" in the list is "waiting for review" in the filter "self-removed&...
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We need a dedicated plagiarism flag

On Stack Overflow, we've suspected the plagiarism rabbit hole was deep... but we've had some users who are plumbing the depths of that pit and finding out that it's far deeper than anyone realized. Up ...
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How do I flag a post that is not a question?

How do I flag a post that is not a question here on Meta Stack Exchange? Examples: Formatting Sandbox Announcing the Stacks Editor Beta release! Please raise the tag creation reputation threshold on ...
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Custom comment flags should not auto-delete comments

Currently, if a user flags a comment with the "Something else" flag option, and that comment matches the regex to be deleted by a single flag, the comment is immediately deleted and the flag ...
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Post Flag History page for nomination doesn't show a title

One of the nominations in our election received a comment flag. When I look at the post flag history (link for staff to reproduce), the description of the post is missing: Normally, that's filled ...
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Is there anything for micro-negative actions when flagging a question?

Is there anything in between rude/abusive when flagging a question? SE being a multiracial and global company, it is important for me to have a certain consensus of action against statements that are ...
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Supported Markdown for Flag Text does not Match Supported Comment Markdown

This answer from 2013 states that: flags are now rendered using the same "mini-markdown" renderer used for comments. The help center on comment formatting includes a list of shorthand ...
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Support Markdown Parsing in Flag Feedback

When I flag something "in need of moderator intervention," I can use similar mini-Markdown as comments which appears correctly rendered when I view my flag history. However, I have received ...
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How can we know who raised a flag on our question/answer posted in Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

Do we have any certain reputation number to see who raised flag on our questions/answers posted in Stack Overflow? Or Are those flags only visible to the moderators?
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Update the post notice for post content hidden in the edit history (displayed for posts flagged as spam/rude/abusive) to mention plagiarism

Could the wording in the post notice which is displayed when the post content is hidden from non-moderators who can see deleted posts (done when there is a helpful spam or rude/abusive flag) be ...
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"You don't have the permission to use this type of flag" when casting a spam flag

Today I attempted to flag a question as spam on Stack Overflow; however, it was deleted the same moment as I cast the flag. The UI shows a popup You don't have the permission to use this type of flag ...
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Does a flag get stuck on pending if the post is migrated?

So I followed the FAQ's migration flow chart, and flagged a post—custom flag/"in need of moderator intervention" since the only migrate to option is to the local meta—for it to be migrated ...
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What makes a comment substantive enough to deactivate "one-flag deletion" due to "certain keywords"?

Per How do comments work? Comments containing certain keywords can be deleted with a single flag. It is thought "thanks" is one of them. Which for a second was alarming; a single flag can ...
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Is it okay to flag blatant spam using two accounts?

I understand that using two or more accounts to vote on the same post (or interact with it in almost any way) is against the rules. That being said, what if I encounter a blatant spam/scam post that ...
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Can't mark custom comment flag as helpful after the comment has been deleted automatically

What happened: A user voted to close a question as duplicate, generating an automatic comment "Does this answer your question?" Another user flagged that question with a custom comment flag ...
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How to deal with "Please follow us on <social-media>"? [duplicate]

I just came across an answer thats ends with: Hope you like it. Please follow us on Telegram and Instagram Removed the links so they won't get any clicks Screenshot How should I deal with requests ...
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How should we flag obvious troll questions? [duplicate]

From time to time, I encounter questions that are obviously trolling (i.e., not a real question) but not spam and not using abusive language and I often wonder what the best course of action is when ...
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Is the 'recently declined flag' warning supposed to get dismissed?

I was recently told pressing on "review" (highlighted above) should dismiss this warning for the next flag raised, but that is not the case at least as of asking this. If it's meant to ...
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Wording of declined flag can be confusing

"Your recent flag was declined" can be confusing. Which recent flag? My recent one was helpful (really), which is why I bring this up, because I thought I had another recent one declined. ...
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AI to use grammar syntax for auto-flagging comments

We were having a titillating discussion in the Teacher's Lounge about toxic comments when it came up that "imperatives" could indicate rude comments. I won't defend this, but I'll explain ...
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Previous helpful flags do not count as an 'other action' in the First Questions review queue

When reviewing First Questions, if you've already raised a flag on the question before the review, this counts as an action and you can select 'Other action', which will result in a 'Reviewed' review ...
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What should I do if I make a typo in my bounty text? [duplicate]

I know I can't edit it myself (there is a feature request to enable this). I just raised a custom moderator flag with an explanation and the replacement bounty text, but I don't want to waste their ...
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Flagging comments on mobile is impossible unless you previously switched to desktop view prior to mobile site removal

Do not press "mobile" at the bottom of the page or otherwise try to reproduce this bug! While this flag bug was fixed, there are other subtle bugs with the same root cause. It's very hard to ...
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Is there a way to appropriately nudge a moderator to handle my old flags, or is waiting the only option?

Moderators are hard working volunteers, this we can all agree. The moderators on many Stack Exchange networks, including this one, are also very efficient. But on other smaller sites, even the ...
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Flag did not change its color to red after the first try [closed]

I flagged a comment as 'No longer needed', but flag did not become red instantly. I flagged the same comment again and now it's red. So, I've used two tries on one comment. The problem is that flag ...
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An edit to a post wiped out the moderator flag I was typing for it

Here's what happened: I opened the flag dialog, selected "in need of moderator intervention" and typed some stuff, spending some time, cross referencing some other pages Someone else edited ...
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Is there any situation where it's appropriate to flag a comment on a deleted post as "No longer needed"?

I know that deleted posts are hidden from the majority of the viewers, and same goes for the comments that were on the posts before they got deleted. There is still the option to flag such comments, ...
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Please reinstate flag option in low quality review queue

In the Low Quality review queue we need a flag option. (Which we used to have not so long ago). A simple example which would have been best as a comment, instead I'd need to leave the review queue, ...
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Is flagging a bunch of "thanks" comments OK?

I made a SEDE query to find all the comments that contained thank, the @ character, weren't saying yes/no to something, and were less than 20 characters. The query is here. It returned over 1400 ...
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Why was my "not reproducible" flag declined on a fixed issue?

Today a new answer was posted on Can't start a numbered list on a number other than 1. The issue seems to have been fixed since 2014 by default on all sites. This makes the issue described in the ...
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Is there a better way to permanently stop the spam questions?

I just saw the post as Coin~~Ba$e!!&upp0rt Number ™+⥙【↶ퟷퟖ+1.555⍨555⍨555↶】 ☎️ ๑۩۞۩๑ $$$$$$UMG$$$$$ Is there a permanent solution to stop these spam posts? Yes, I flagged the question as spam and ...
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When NAA includes rude language - red flaggable?

I know that the general rule for rude language is to edit it out if possible rather than knee-jerk red flagging it just for a few swear words or inappropriate terminology. So, for example, a post, ...
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Flag notices on nominations are confusing for moderators

The new election system has solved several problems with regards to flagging nominations and comments (both were badly needed), but the UX has fallen down in a weird way. I visited the SO election ...
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Add a more obvious way to handle non-answers in the First Answers review queue

Let's go through a typical First Answers review of a non-answer from the perspective of a new reviewer. Here's what you see in the queue: It looks to me like I should pick one of those actions on the ...
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Can flagging off-topic MSE questions be made easier?

We see lots of questions posted on MSE that aren't anything to do with the running of the network and I habitually have to click a few times to get to the correct reason for flagging. Would it be ...
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Spam flag if it's off-topic but doesn't actually link to product/company, but profile does?

This question was posted on Stack Overflow today: I already know that recycling is the best way to dispose of our computer equipment, according to me almost each and every part of computer are ...
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Adjust the Help Center text about flagging a question for moderator attention to have it reopened [duplicate]

Currently, the Help Center article about reopening closed questions says: If a moderator (user with a ♦ symbol after their name) closed the question, then you may flag it for moderator attention. ...
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I'd like to see rude/abusive flags raised on my posts

I participate on a site which discusses a lot of science. I got an answer of mine edited and I thought it was because I had compared a certain exoplanet to hell. I just rolled back the edit, then a ...
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Confusing "The Question" text in "convert answer to comment" dialog box

As a first-time mod in an SE site, I was confused by the extra text "The Question" that shows up after the question ID in the text field of the dialog to convert an answer into a comment: ...
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Improvement to "Our system has identified this post as possible spam" text [duplicate]

While reviewing a post in the Triage queue on SO, I (barely) noticed some text, centered with the article, and very slightly spaced from the question body: Our system has identified this post as ...
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Why does the moderator interface claim this question was closed by Community while it wasn't?

When a post is flagged, ♦ moderators can see which previous actions on the post have been taken by moderators. I was rather surprised that the waffle bar for this question showed that Community (...
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What should my expectations be when flagging in need of moderator intervention?

What should one's expectations be when flagging in need of moderator intervention? In the past ten years, I have done so twice, however, I do not believe I ever received any sort of acknowledgement ...
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The API is unexpectedly retracting flags

I use the Charcoal FIRE userscript to red-flag posts. Today I found this SuperUser question (possibly 10k by now since it's spam) and I spam flagged both the question and answer. The question I ...
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Implement flagger ranking

We have a ranking for most votes cast, for most posts edited, but there is no ranking for most flags. Can we add another tab to https://stackoverflow.com/users that will show the most avid flaggers? I ...
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Is flagging too many posts to add the citation banner grounds for suspension? [closed]

This question arises from my personal experience - Suppose I have a per day flag limit of 90 flags, and I have been incessantly working hard on hunting out bad content across the main site to flag low ...
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How can I see the flag ID of a flag I raised?

I raised a comment flag. How can I see its flag ID? I don't see it on https://*.stackexchange.com/users/flag-summary/
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Do new meta posts have to be within the current roadmap to be escalated for a [status-review] tag?

Just today, I had a couple flags of mine requesting that posts be escalated using the status-review tag declined as they didn't align with the current topics that are on the team's roadmap. The ...

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