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Add ability to Flag a User or Suggested Edit

I am aware this has been brought up before. I'm also aware it has been brought up specifically for edits before. However, new features on the site may warrant a fresh look. Specifically, suggested ...
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The limits to a Very Low Quality answer

I was rereading Jeff Atwood's answer to the question: Is the Very Low Quality flag too ambiguous? mainly because today I wanted to use that flag for the first time. Quoting him, this flag means that: ...
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flagged comments disappear instantly … what's going on? [duplicate]

I've noticed this happening recently: when I flag useless comments, they seem to disappear get burninated immediately. My guesses: they only disappear for me each of my flags has coincidentally ...
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If I can't flag a post, don't wait until after I've typed an explanation to tell me so

I flagged a post today, typed out a fairly thorough explanation, clicked the button... and got told that I'd already flagged this post (for something else, which I'd forgotten about) so this flag wasn'...
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Flag declined, but question closed for the same reason [duplicate]

Yesterday I had flagged mysql-select-query, question as "Not a Real Question", and my flag was declined. But when I checked the question today, it had been closed as "Not a Real Question". I don't ...
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Can we automate detection of cross-posting?

How difficult would it be to detect cross-posts when the relevant questions have identical titles and content, and are posted by the same user? As an example: Original, posted on SO Following day, ...
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Allow editing or deletion of moderator flag comment

I just flagged an old answer of mine that I had updated, so all the comments were now obsolete. I flagged the moderator, but miswrote "question" instead of "answer". I wasn't allowed to flag again ...
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Was it a mistake to flag these answers? [duplicate]

My not an answer flags for the below answers were declined "a moderator reviewed your flag, but found no evidence to support it". I am sorry I am kind of sleepy .. but you can read here to get an ...
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Allow moderators to reverse and/or nullify flag decisions

We've been getting a lot of complaints about moderator flag decisions being incorrect or inconsistent lately. Flag declined, but question closed for the same reason Why does flag marking as helpful/...
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Unify “not an answer” and “very low quality” in a single “delete” flag

The “not an answer” flag on answers is meant to be used when This was posted as an answer, but it does not attempt to answer the question. It should possibly be an edit, a comment, another question,...
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Should the not-an-answer flag description be clarified?

Checking the moderator tools this morning I see 60 not-an-answer flags out of which only a several I could agree with. The rest were just bad answers, wrong answers or lazy answers. The way I ...
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Disputed flags and triage [closed]

Is the disputed flag handled any differently in the new triage review queue. I marked this question as very low quality, after choosing unsalvageable and this was disputed. From what I have read, if a ...
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More information is needed in chat Flagged Posts

Today while I was in one of the chatrooms, I noticed a lot of posts being flagged in some other chatroom(I have the necessary 10K rep to vote on flagged posts) but the flagged post just shows the ...
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Should I flag for moderators to add status tags?

Occasionally I see an old Meta post that has no status tag (like status-completed), but from the answers it looks like the question is resolved. Example: https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/...
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You can deduce how many flags a post has

Now that the -1 for flags is denormalized, you can find out how many flags a post has if you have more than 1000 reputation. Real life example: A question looks like this alt text http://www....
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Still having issues with link-only answer flags

Yes, I have seen this question (and all of its derivatives): Can we get some consensus on what flag to use for link only answers? I'm having a hard time reconciling consistency. Earlier today, a ...
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Where can I see my flag count / history?

Is there a section or page that lists my flag count and / or history?
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Are research survey questions expected to be handled with close votes?

This question (probably soon to be deleted) made me wonder what would be the right way to handle surveys like that: I'm doing a worker interview for High School and I want to be a computer ...
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Let me opt out of viewing chat flags

I'm not a moderator. I have ~50k rep on Server Fault. I am a regular in chat. Because chat allows all 10k+ users across the network to act on chat flags, I (and many other regulars in SF chat) see ...
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Let users know that they can flag to get their answers reinstated if deleted by moderators

Some users are aware that they can edit their answers after they're deleted by moderators. However, they cannot vote to undelete such answers. Furthermore, they seem to be unaware they can flag their ...
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Duplicate flag lists “you have already raised this flag” after flagging as “Unclear what you're asking”

I recently flagged a post on SO as "Unclear what you're asking". Afterwards, for whatever reason, I clicked flag again and found this: Is there any reason it says I've raised a duplicate flag too ...
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404 error during flagging a question [duplicate]

This is maybe a duplicate like here, but the error still appears. When I try to click "mark as duplicate" a HTTP 404 error occur. I'm using Firefox 16.0.2 with Firebug on Mac OS X 10.5.8
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Please discourage flags on old questions and answers [duplicate]

The flagged posts tool is frequently cluttered with Not an answer or Low quality flags on questions and answers from 2008 and 2009; I've recently counted 17 and 13 such flagged questions or answers ...
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Feedback on tools/flagged changes

10k users have always had visibility to some of the flags in the system, in particular they could see spam/offensive and comment flags in the tools/flagged route. The trouble was that these are the ...
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Textarea CSS issue on “needs moderator attention”

To reproduce: Click Flag (question or answer) Click other (needs moderator attention) The textarea is too wide: StackOverflow AskUbuntu StackExchange Most probably affects other ...
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Add optional box for spam flags letting you say why you think it's spam

This came up recently, where a user had taken the time to look at the link on a post and realized that the post wasn't just off-topic, it was actually half-decently-disguised spam. So he flagged it as ...
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Don't auto dismiss custom flags on close

I understand auto-dismissing off-topic flags as helpful on close, since those become obsolete. But for custom flags that's rather annoying, since those are often used for an issue that goes beyond ...
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Is the “very low quality” flag necessary?

I'm having a hard time finding a use case for the "very low quality" flag that isn't already covered by some other flag. The descriptive text for VLQ basically says that it's for cases where no amount ...
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Close and flag links do nothing on mobile site

This morning (it's about six AM here) I find that I can no longer submit close votes; the link just jumps to the beginning of the page. I'm on iOS, using a third-party browser called Grazing, but a ...
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Can we have the ability to flag for reopening?

TL;DR: Grant 500+ rep users (except the OP) the privilege to flag a question for reopening. Currently, you can flag a question for closing, and it automatically enters the "Close Votes" ...
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Users without commenting privilege can't select the “it doesn't belong here” flag reason; a “404” error box appears when they try

I attempted to flag this question on Christianity.SE... ...as "off topic". Although the initial flag dialog loads correctly, every time I selected the "it doesn't belong here, or is a duplicate" ...
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Flagging VLQ after opening the post in Low Quality queue but prior to recommending deletion

Tagging as bug as recommended by Shog here Currently, flagging post as very low quality is designed to work as specified here: If more than one VLQ flag accumulates on the post before the review ...
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Either I need clarification on the 'Not an answer' flags or it needs a new description [duplicate]

First of all - I'm not going to bitch and moan to moderators in this topic. I'm here to ask clarification because I've had a flag declined and I really have no clue what I did 'wrong', or how to avoid ...
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Are people abusing spam flagging as a cheap way to gain flag weight? [closed]

I just took a look at the list of flags and saw a bunch of spam flags against some user. As it turns out, looking at his profile, pretty much all of his 111 answers that I have peeked at propose ...
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Flag declined, link-only answer subsequently deleted [duplicate]

I flagged Runtime Error 3061 Help (ms access) as very low quality on the grounds that it was an answer consisting only of links, and was notified: very low quality – 18 hours ago declined - a ...
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Flag Question Link After 3k Rep

I noticed from a question about flagging vs closing (forgive me, I cannot find the link, please post it if you know it), that flags are CONVERTED into close votes for questions automatically. Can ...
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Question flags, queues, edits, roomba, community♦, how does this actually work?

There is constant ongoing discussion about what flags to use when, review queue processing, review queue structure, flag handling, etc., but no one person seems to know exactly how this all works. ...
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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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What is the difference between disputed and declined flags?

I'm looking at my flag count, and I see a couple 'declined' flags and a few 'disputed' flags, and I'm wondering: what is the difference between the two? I've had both disputed and declined flags ...
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Details about the flagging mechanism

When we flag questions and answers as spam, abuse or requiring attention, how exactly do the moderators use the information? I'm guessing there's a shared queue somewhere that moderators can all see. ...
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When should you decide whether to flag a posted answer as Not an answer? [duplicate]

I've run into this situation a couple of times, where people give an "answer" that basically repeats the problem in the original question. (Not going to give examples here obviously, but it's happened....
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Give mods a “flag for followup” flag ability

In several cases, it's become apparent that a diamond mod has rushed to take action on a particular question, answer, or comment thread, because they were afraid of "losing track" of it if ...
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Can we have an unambiguous, official ruling on what the “not an answer” flag is for? [duplicate]

What does the not an answer flag mean? My interpretation is that this flag is intended for things which clearly are not answers. In other words, "this shouldn't exist, because it does not intend ...
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Flagging a question for improvement without voting to close

Just thinking about my post about describing close reasons it strikes me that there are two very distinct kind of questions which are currently being closed: Questions which you believe really ...
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Please provide a flag option clearly designed for gibberish, contentless posts [duplicate]

MERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR <3 doingdoingdoingdoingdoingdoingdoingdoingdoing. 9.... YEAH baby. Shash. BOSH. :)) What this post would normally receive on its own is 8 "not an answer" flags,...
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Remove the flag notification in the top bar when I have done my job with it [closed]

I have the moderator privileges on Code Review. Even though it's quite rare that flags appear over there, it is still quite annoying that once I have done my job with a flag and therefore cannot do ...
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Why does it take so long to review a flag suggested by a user?

Why does it take so long to review a flag suggested by a user? When I flag a question or comment, some get a response quickly whereas some of them get a response after few or more hours. Is there ...
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View pending flags

I would like to see a "my pending flags" page/section developed. At the minute we can flag questions etc and suggest what is wrong with them but there is no way of knowing whether the flags we have ...
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What should I do when I see copyright violations posted on Stack Overflow? [duplicate]

As prompted by NullUserException อ_อ, I'd like to try get a definitive moderator view on what is the appropriate action when a user spots an obvious copyright violation on Stack Overflow. To be clear, ...
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Remove flag weight and flag validity already

Flag weight is the total number of flags marked as valid helpful minus the number of flags marked as invalid declined for a given user. That number is used… … well, it's shown on a user's profile, ...

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