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Should I edit abusive posts?

When I see a abusive post that is a bit beyond PG-13 like: Go punch sand you lint-licker I will flag it as abusive but I feel like I shouldn't leave such profanities up for other people to see ...
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What do I do when I can't vote to close a question but want a mod to look at it?

I found a related question What is the guidance for using "Standard Flags?" about using standard flags and custom moderator intervention flag. Using custom flag directly takes them to ...
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Let mods flag comments (without deleting them)

There are at least two use cases when moderators really need to flag comments: when the comments to be flagged are on their own posts (e.g. someone tells a mod to go get lost under their own post) ...
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Want ability to flag comment for the author, rather than moderators, to notice

Occasionally, I write a comment about an answer or question; then the author makes an edit, telling me "@einpoklum: see edit" or something similar. At this point, and if my comment is not otherwise ...
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Can moderators handle flags cast on their own content?

I was wondering what happens in the case content posted by moderators is flagged for some reason. I did some research but missed in finding some information on those cases. It is true that, being a ...
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To what extent should a moderator investigate a flag?

If a user posts a flag, stating that a post is inflammatory, to what extent should the moderator investigate said post? Should they perform any research to confirm that there is or is not any such ...
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What's the reputation minimum to see “in need of moderator intervention” questions/answers?

In Stack Exchange, there are elected moderators and moderators by reputation. But the second kind is pretty relative, as there are 9 different reputation levels for "moderation" priviledges. The flag ...
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What is the official SE process/procedure for handling abuse disclosures?

I've come to understand that on the rare occasions when someone posts an abuse disclosure to a Stack Exchange site that they're handled similarly to suicidal posts. I've heard that there's a pretty ...
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Revisit the ruling on vulgar language?

While we merrily close questions asking about profanity and vulgar language usage on Stack Exchange as duplicates of Are expletives (cursing, swear words or vulgar language) allowed on SE sites? the ...
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When will a post be deleted on request?

I had a not-too-interesting answer on Stack Overflow, which was closed as duplicate after some clarification by OP. After a day or so, OP (a ~700 reputation user) started complaining that the ...
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How to be a good reviewer?

TLDR: My thoughts about dealing with low quality content in scope of limited resources, like edits and flags. Introduction (this is long and perhaps little boring, so you may skip directly to 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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My question is still not being deleted after asking for moderator intervention

I have a question on Workplace that I regretted posting almost immediately afterwards. People were researching my background and making critical remarks about my programming skill. It's not something ...
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How should moderators handle a custom flag to re-open a question?

As a moderator I occasionally encounter a custom flag "in need of moderator intervention" with a request to re-open a closed question. I am generally reluctant to unilaterally override the decision of ...
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Add a warning for low reputation users (15-49) upon flagging for moderator

After reading this answer to my previous question, I feel there is a lack of understanding for new users concerning the use of the moderator flag. Thus, I think it is necessary to add a warning upon ...
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Don't show the weird half-generated flag bar during the grace period

So it turns out that NAA and VLQ flags have a 15-minute period during which the community is given a chance to handle them before mods do. When this happens, the flag does not show up in the flag ...
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Why appropriate comment is not compulsory when someone down vote any question or answer? [duplicate]

In SO, I have seen many comments and answers which have down vote(s) without any comment. Even I also faced same problem in one of my answer. At that time I need to ask like this: @downvoter: Can ...
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Modifying comments long after 5 minute deadline [duplicate]

I just flagged 3 comments. One got deleted, one - to the best of my memory - got modified to something I'd be less inclined to flag. Modification happened 4 days after the comment was written. Can ...
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How are flags handled?

Just out of pure curiosity: How are flags handled? Searching through Meta Stack Exchange and Meta Stack Overflow, I have found bits and pieces on how the flagging works and what is happening behind ...
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Do posts closed/deleted as offensive automatically get flagged to mods?

Do posts that are removed via "offensive" flags also end up being seen by moderators? I realize the flags end up in a moderator queue, but once the content is deleted (thanks to a sufficient number ...
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As a moderator, am I supposed to handle NAA flags or let the reviewers do it?

NAA flags have been feeding into a review queue for a while now. I understood that post to mean that except in egregious cases we moderators should let the community handle it, just as we prefer that ...
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1answer
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How can we gently prod new users to use custom flags only when needed?

Almost everyone has experienced this from one side or the other. Someone flags a post with a custom reason. A moderator looks at it and realizes that the flag didn't need a custom reason. The ...
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In a string of comments, including junk, should I flag the individual comments, or leave a custom flag on the post?

A moderator on GL made a meta post about flagging comments. The part of it I'm questioning is: If there are more than one comments that should be removed, don't flag them individually because that ...
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Considering accepted status of an answer when handling a quality-related answer flag

When moderators are handling answer flags on an accepted answer, should any weight be given to the fact that the answer is accepted? Let me narrow the question... Obviously, for spam/offensive and ...
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Flagged “not an answer”, flag marked helpful but answer still exists

I flagged this answer, which was marked as helpful. So why does this post still exist? Someone edited the post a few minutes back, so here's the original revision that I flagged: Could you try ...
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Down-vote inspection per request

Just a feature request, most likely will be bashed down, but whatever, I will pour out what I have on my mind, which I think would address something. There should be a way to report/flag ridiculous ...
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1answer
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Proposal for making the meaning of “Not an Answer” flags clearer

SE has specific flagging reasons, not to make it possible to flag (we already have that with custom flags), but to give guidance on valid reasons to flag. The "Not an Answer" flag comes with a ...
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Fixing incorrect 'NAA' flags in the queue

In the last few days I noticed the several hundred flags and thought I'd chip in. I've been noticing that a lot of flags in the Not An Answer queue are really attempts to answer the question. Just ...
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Is it ok to use mod flags for patterns of behavior?

I've run into this situation a few times now and I'm a little unsure if it is appropriate to flag. It usually starts when I see a particularly bad question from a user with enough rep to suggest that ...
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Can we get more specific flag reasons than “not an answer”? [duplicate]

The one thing I dislike about "not an answer" is that the flag doesn't say what the post in the answer area is. Is it supposed to be a new question? Is it supposed to be a comment? a comment on what ...
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1answer
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Is there consensus among mods about flagging too short answers?

According to this and this answers I've always thought that flagging one-liners or too short answers was good practice. In particular the latter (by Tim Post) has near the end (emphasis mine): ...
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What is the correct procedure for getting mods attention?

I had a query about my account that required a moderator to look at something and give me some feedback. Not wanting to make it public on meta, I did what some other posts had suggested and flagged ...
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Is this really the appropriate response to a “helpful” flag?

This is what I just got to a flag that I put on an old dumb question of mine I wrote: Can this please be deleted? It is old and irrelevant. Thank you. And it would have been fine if it was just ...
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1answer
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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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Answer flagged as “not an answer” still exists (was not removed) [duplicate]

Some number of days ago I came across this answer which I felt was a very poor attempt to answer the question. So I flagged it as "not an answer", and a while later my flag was marked as "helpful". ...
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Removing questions which prevent me from asking other questions [duplicate]

This is a problem I have been facing lately and I am unable to find an answer to it in the FAQ. I asked a few questions and turns out they were probable duplicates or subjective so I got down voted. ...
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Gaming flag counts, thanks to trolls

So by now, I'm going to assume that we are familiar with the mod-wsgi troll (refer here, here, and there's a lot more, but this should be enough to make my point). After a while, I decided to flag ...
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Notification of Flag on Questions that need moderation

One suggestion that I have is with the flagging system. While you can tell what questions you have flagged under your profile, it would be handy to have a display element on the question that you flag....
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4answers
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Do you stop getting helpful flags once you can vote to close? [duplicate]

I noticed that once I hit 3,000 rep and could vote to close I seemed to stop getting helpful flags. The behavior is different too. Before I would flag a post for being non-constructive or whatever, ...
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Can we get some consensus on what flag to use for link only answers? [duplicate]

Related: Since moderators are just asking users to flag a custom "Link only answer," can we permanently make this a flag option? (not a dupe, that's a feature request and was closed as a ...
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1answer
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Can't delete my own question, and mod flags keep getting declined

I've tried multiple times to delete my question: Storing data locally - doesn't work? When I try to delete it I get the error: I followed the error's instructions and flagged the post, but it ...
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1answer
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Minimize the chances of duplicate question in SO sites while Migration [duplicate]

I do not know the exact procedure behind the migration process, but as far as i know it needs moderator attention and have to raise a flag to migrate. Are SO sites smart enough to suggest the target ...
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What happens when questions/answers/comments are flagged?

What exactly happens when questions/answers/comments are flagged? Are they deleted after a certain number of flags? Or do they just become invisible? Are moderators notified? Is the author notified? ...
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Only show unhelpful flags when clicking unhelpful flag count

On user accounts, there is a total count of a user's flags in the following format [total flag count] ([unhelpful flag count]) Both the total flag count and unhelpful flag counts link to /users/...
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Where do we report issues on a new beta site without moderators?

I've been fairly active in the English Language Learners Stack Exchange, which recently went to beta. Earlier this week, my reputation took a hit when some serial upvoting was reversed (which is ...
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Sub-par Answer vs. Not an Answer [duplicate]

I ran across a flagged answer (it is deleted now, so you need enough rep to see it) which is basically a link to a blog post. The link explains precisely how to do what's asked in the question, so I ...
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Why are users allowed to flag the same post multiple times?

Recently I noticed something odd. A user flagged a post, I dismissed the flag, and then they flagged it again. Both flags were 'Needs moderator attention'-> other flags. Both were flagged by the ...
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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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Pressing <enter> in flagging/closing modal should submit the form [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Enter while typing in the mod flag reason should send the flag I vote to flag/close a lot of questions, and thus am in the flagging/closing modal dialog a lot. I also prefer ...
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Handling offensive flags as a mod

So a user writes something. Another user flags it as offensive. We've all seen it (if you're a mod, anyway). You review. It's religious-based. Might actually be offensive to someone, might not, ...