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My “not an answer” flag is gone and not showing in my history

Some time ago I flagged this as not-an-answer. For a while, link to this flagged answer has been visible in my flagging history (flag was declined in case if that matters). As far as I remember it ...
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What should I do when flagging if I don't see the destination site in the list?

Sometimes I want to flag a question on Stack Overflow because it belongs to Math or Theoretical Computer Science, but I don't see those sites on the list provided when you click on: It doesn't belong ...
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The free form text in “other” flag broke a pasted URL

Following on from this answer about spam hunting I've been using super ninja searching to try and spot patterns with spammy URLs in answers. I spotted something suspicious today, a string of accounts ...
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Do flags to close expire like votes to close? [duplicate]

Votes to close are known to expire, for the reasons explained eg in answers to this question: Why do close votes expire? Does something like this happen to flags to close cast by users lacking CV ...
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Why can't I recast aged close votes and flags that were cast a long time before the change allowing recasting?

In March 2015, a change was made to the close voting system, to allow users to recast close votes and close flags 14 days after they age away. However, according to this post, apparently votes that ...
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Flagged question count is wrong

I have a "3" currently in the number of flagged posts: However, when I click on the number, the list is empty. On the side-bar of the list, I can see this here: But again, on any of the linked lists,...
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How to deal with answers exactly copied from other SO answers

I can't believe there is no question about this, but I didn't find one. What should I do, if there is a question Q2 answered by user B which is literally copied from the answer to a formerly posted ...
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Show that a post has been flagged as spam or needing moderator attention

It would be helpful to actually see on a post that it's already been flagged for e.g. moderator attention or as spam. Otherwise, folks might be flagging the same post over and over again as spam for ...
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Flag and close my own question

Why is it possible to flag and close my own question? The only realistic usage I could think of is when I see that my question is a duplicate, but it has already got some great answers. So instead ...
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Why am I seeing the message “Some of your recent flags have been decline” when flagging?

I am seeing the warning that "Some of your recent flags have been declined." on Stack Overflow. However, looking at my flag history, this is how it is laid out: 38 Flags overall 7 Active Flags 1 ...
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Serial flag decliner

Looking back at one of my previous questions here at meta I feel like I was hit by serial flag decliner (someone who makes a large number of questionable declines of flags in a row): Was it a mistake ...
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Please give us an easy way to flag inappropriate ads

According to a comment on Workplace Meta, the ads experiment will be running for a while: @DavidK The experiment will last 6 months - so most of the this year. We're planning a recap at the end to ...
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What are acceptable reasons for flagging as “Requires Moderator attention”?

After reading Is "Please Vote to Close" a valid use for Flag - Requires Moderation Attention, I feel I don't quite understand this function. What are the guidelines for flagging a question ...
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Correct action for non-answers by new users

Often new users post one-liners with unrelated questions/comments as answers to existing questions where I'd like to vote "close as not a real answer". They come in several flavors: Things that ...
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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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What is our policy on strong language in chat used in good humor, and flags on said language?

There are a couple of chatrooms on chat.SE where strong language is considered OK. By this, I mean that room regulars may use possibly offensive language (no racial slurs, just words like f**k) and ...
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Could we have some consensus on how to flag bunches of obsolete comments?

I kind of like flagging obsolete comments. I have infrastructure I've built around flagging obsolete comments. Like, 50,000 row MySQL db's and queues and things. I flag so much that I was the main ...
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Allow retracting flags from the API

For a project I'm working on, it'd be nice to be able to retract flags through the API. We allow people to retract flags from the web. Could this functionality be extended to the API? It could work ...
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Add a deactivated “wrong answer” flag option

When I look at the flagging queue I see almost one flag reason only: Not an answer. (At this very moment 440 out of 470 flags!) I have the feeling it is used wrongly most of the time. Many seem to ...
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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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Fix the ability to dispute flags

The way disputing flags is handled is rather confusing for anyone not familiar with the arcane details of the SE platform in this area. In some parts the feedback users get is only confusing, in ...
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Flag offensive user profile [duplicate]

This has been raised many times, and marked duplicate, but recent circumstances have not been the same as before (I believe), and it is time to revisit the question with a different perspective... ...
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Allow moderators to handle spam flags network-wide

There has been lots of discussion here about the sports-related spam. On high volume sites, and sites with OCD^H^H^Hactive moderators, spam vanishes quickly. Either the users flag it to oblivion, or ...
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Should the number of helpful flags be public to anyone?

This discussion came up here, by a comment from Oded: We are discussing internally whether there is a good reason to hide this value from everyone. If not, it might do a comeback. I know it is a ...
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Chat flags incite more drama, when they should deescalate

Moderation on the main site is pretty silent and unobtrusive. If you were not involved in a situation, you probably won't notice that anything is happening unless you visit the involved posts by ...
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Flag for editing

I think it would be useful to introduce a new form of flagging addressed to users with 2k (5k? 10k?) reputation and not diamond moderators: flagging posts that require editing. I'm thinking about ...
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Flag count on Area 51

Why is there not a flag count for Area 51? As a user that likes to help out on SO as much as possible, I enjoy to see my flag count on the different sites, so that I can see what I need to improve on, ...
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Send custom flag responses to messages inbox

Long story short: since custom flag responses are messages to users like any other (answer, comment, suggested edit, chat message etc.), users should be notified about them!! A problem I have with ...
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How did this answer manage to garner 50 incorrect “not an answer” flags in less than an hour?

Here's the original answer: Thank you guys for all your help, it seems that the error was on the gridview1.rows(i).cells(4), it was hidden that is why there was nothing to compare to. anyways, i ...
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Seeing own posts that have been flagged in the 10k tools [closed]

I was able to see my answer, which has been flagged as not an answer, while going through the review tools. Is this supposed to be possible, or is this a glitch? If it's meant to be possible - what's ...
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Should I flag answers consisting only of “No” or “Yes”?

As I hang out on ServerFault more I'm noticing lots of questions that get only "Yes" or "No". I think this is a worthless, rep-grab answer. They are especially worthless when they were able to post "...
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How long can a flag wait for review?

Is there a limit on how long a flag (on a question/answer, not on a comment) can wait for a moderator's attention? Does it vary from site to site (I believe it may take longer on SO)?
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How and when should we use the “invalid flag” flag? [closed]

I found the "invalid flag" option, and have used it a few times. Mostly where someone's flagged a post as "very low quality", but it's either been fixed or it was never really that bad. But it seems ...
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Please add “homework” to the one-click comment flagging list [closed]

Comments about homework cause a lot of friction. In the interest of making it easier to cut off the comment wars in the bud, please add homework to the list of words that make a comment be deletable ...
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Do not recommend the “not an answer” flag for conversion to a comment

The official guidance for the “not an answer” flag reads: 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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When should a flag be declined?

I have already seen this post, but it is from the Era of Displayed Flag Weight. Also, it talks about moderating SO/SU (where flags are as rare as hay in a haystack and flag weight is a bigger deal). ...
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Can we flag questions with content/trigger warnings?

Part of my daily routine is to go to stackexchange.com and see the hot questions. Today this hot question was up: https://pets.stackexchange.com/questions/21575/how-can-i-fix-my-relationship-with-my-...
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When reviewing chat flags, please show two lines of context and underline the message timestamp

Not all communities and rooms are created equal. Some have higher standards than others. Thus, what can be considered offensive in one room may be very well acceptable in another. What makes them ...
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It shouldn’t be possible to flag questions as Very Low Quality

The “very low quality” flag, on questions, is vague. It means “do something”, and that’s not helpful. I think it’s pretty well covered by the variety of flaggable close reasons/an actual close vote, ...
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Add a notification on moderator comments on flags

Moderators can comment on flags. Especially if they suggest the flagging user does something, it would be helpful if that information had a way of reaching the user. For example, I got a flag ...
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Should posts flagged low quality get an automatic downvote from the flagger?

Much has been written about the very low quality flag. Joel dislikes it. Popular wants it gone. I find it confusing, even after our modifications. Last week I attempted a change. I set it up so only ...
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Checking if your comment flags have been acted upon?

Even though comment flags don't count towards your flag weight, I think it would be nice to add them into your flagging history so we can still see if they were acted upon or not. Could the flagging ...
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Is serially flagging posts by a single user ok?

I was perusing the flag queue on SO in /Review and noticed that this user has had (at the time of writing) more than 25 answers flagged as "Not An Answer". Not surprisingly, many are attracting ...
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Making sure the “Not an answer” flag is used for non-answers

Suddenly, the number of outstanding flagged answers went up. It used to be lower than that. I was reviewing them, and it occurred to me that I see invalid "not an answer" flags more often than I ...
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Allow users to flag questions more than once

EDIT 3: Looks like this may be [status-completed]... see this answer by Jeff. EDIT 2: This used to be titled "Why can you only flag a given post for mod attention once?" I changed the title ...
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Don't have flag dismissal impact flags that have already been dismissed

This has been tossed around inside and out between moderators, about how the flag dismissal system works when it comes to old flags. Prior to flag rating, bringing up the old flags helped for context ...
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Add the ability to flag your own post for moderator attention

I asked a question yesterday that is no longer relevant and have voted to close it as such. I was thinking that flagging it for moderator attention would be a good idea to expedite the process, but ...
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Why can I flag my own question/answer?

It makes sense that I can delete my own question/answer if I think that it's not a good post. It also makes sense that I can edit it to improve it. But why would I flag my own question/answer?
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The scourge of the Very Low Quality flag

In general I like the new Flagged Posts feature and have been actively using it. One thing I noticed is that there is a reasonable volume of questions coming through flagged as very low quality, when ...
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Allow more actions from review

Here is how I think we could have flagging and voting back, without compromising the philosophy behind the new review tasks: The picture shows an answer on the Low Quality Posts queue, but the ...

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