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Why was this flag on alleged Code of Conduct violations declined?

I also flagged that answer, not because I disagree with its content (people are allowed to be wrong) but because of rudeness like: I am not calling Monica or her supporters bigots! - but this is the ...
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How do we stop users from using the "spam" flag when there is no "promotion of a product or service"?

The moderator flag queue is biased towards bad spam flags. Posts that are deleted by 6 spam flags from the community have their flags marked helpful. This removes the flags from the moderator queue. (...
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Should +1 and thanks comments be a declined flag?

Comments like what you're describing are specifically supposed to be removed, unless they contain some other valid information. This is clearly laid out on every "comment everywhere" privileges page ...
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Why are mods declining flags to add [featured] to pertinent questions?

On any other site, featuring a question on meta features it on that site (only). Moderators can and do use the "featured" tag locally to highlight things that are important to their ...
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Why was this flag on alleged Code of Conduct violations declined?

I had a similar (custom mod) flag pending, though I formulated it slightly differently. The post was deleted before my flag was handled. Now, my flag is marked as "helpful", not sure if it was marked ...
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Does the 'not constructive' flag have a strongly negative connotation? If so, can we have more detailed clarity on its use?

"Not constructive" is empirically a meaningless flag: it is used for everything from rude or dismissive language to comments with key details that should've been edits to the post to expressions of ...
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Why are these comments considered acceptable on the site?

I really don't see any abuse here. In the first comment, I see a user who doesn't consider you a good mod. That's their prerogative and all they did is say so. They didn't insult you, they didn't call ...
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What was the reasoning behind the deletion of this comment?

I'm just a regular user so this is basically just my opinion. Note that I didn't read this question you link to, its' answers nor the comments under them (so I basically just read your post here). ...
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Are moderators required to write real answers to posts questioning their actions?

Moderators are users too, and like users should not be subject to personal attacks. When that happens the Code of Conduct is being violated. As a moderator, I am not required to respond to any ...
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What was the reasoning behind the deletion of this comment?

I think that BelovedFool's answer covers the specifics, but I suspect some insight into the processes of this would be useful. This does feel weird to have basically essay length posts covering what ...
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Your answer is in another castle Part 2: can we stop the confusion about NAA flags and posts that tackle a different question from the one posted?

I wrote that post - and threw together that collage - to try to establish a shared baseline understanding for answer flagging, a set of things that hopefully we could all agree on. Because... Of ...
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Are moderators required to write real answers to posts questioning their actions?

However, some moderators may not be too inclined to explain their actions because they feel cornered The main problem IMO is that it can be or become very time-consuming. My question is, do SE ...
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Why is it not offensive to compare users to kindergarteners requiring babysitting?

This isn't kindergarten and we're not here to babysit everyone. This appears to be a form of (typically British-style) dry wit, combined with the use of a metaphor. The movie Snatch employs this ...
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Should +1 and thanks comments be a declined flag?

Being the moderator who declined your flags, I can only say I am sorry, it happened by accident. As you can read up in your history, I accepted all your previous flags as helpful. I just got ...
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How do we stop users from using the "spam" flag when there is no "promotion of a product or service"?

Stack Exchange has very strict definition of spam. I am an experienced flagger with several thousands helpful flags cast over few years at multiple sites but even to me it took quite a bit of effort ...
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Why are these comments considered acceptable on the site?

They were not considered appropriate. It was a heated discussion - with a lot of ill feelings floating around and folks said regrettable things. Now, one of the hard parts with having tiered flags ...
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Are moderators required to write real answers to posts questioning their actions?

We're accountable to the community - and often responding to and dealing with enquiries with meta to a reasonable extent is part of that. As volunteers we're spending our free time to help our ...
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What was the reasoning behind the deletion of this comment?

I am a moderator (on a different site). You are a user who fully understands that comments are ephemeral. I presume, probably correctly, that you also are aware of the old "be nice" policy. In essence ...
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How do we stop users from using the "spam" flag when there is no "promotion of a product or service"?

I have to disagree vehemently with the proposal of requiring an additional reason. Since I joined this site, I've accumulated over 645 helpful spam flags on SO alone, only 3 of those have been ...
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Why was my "not reproducible" flag declined on a fixed issue?

Close flags are declined when the outcome of the Close Votes review queue is Leave Open, while nobody has cast a confirming number of close votes (one if hammered, a quorum otherwise) with the same ...
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How do we stop users from using the "spam" flag when there is no "promotion of a product or service"?

I think the reason you're seeing this could be because there seems to be a second internet definition of spam, and that is "posting a lot of not-useful stuff in a short amount of time" (example of a ...
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Why was my flag to close a question declined even though the question was closed for that reason?

As a moderator, I would have chosen a different rejection reason: Using standard flags helps us prioritize problems and resolve them faster. Please familiarize yourself with the list of standard ...
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Report on obvious spam is declined

The flag dialog says: spam Exists only to promote a product or service, does not disclose the author's affiliation. The post is providing a workaround for the feature-request, so it arguably does ...
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Flagging "didn't downvote" comments that came with constructive criticism

Should I refrain from flagging "didn't downvote" comments if they came with constructive criticism? Since this is one of the intended purposes of comments: Leave constructive criticism ...
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How is this not a rude answer?

Per the guidelines defined in What are the “spam” and “rude or abusive” (offensive) flags, and how do they work?, this isn't really rude. What makes something rude or abusive and when should I flag ...
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(Flags) Leave Open ~ Declined, Looks OK ~ Disputed?

A long time ago, both types of flags had the same type of behavior. Both would place the post into the respective community review queue and the private moderator flag queue: If review comes to a ...
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What should I do about a flag ban?

You're raising custom moderator flags when you should be using more standard flags or possibly not flagging at all. You custom flagged this question to say that a closing brace is missing. Well we ...
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Why is it not offensive to compare users to kindergarteners requiring babysitting?

I've replaced the opening offensive/rude and provocative sentence with one that still conveys the same meaning that hopeful let you and others not lose less sleep over it. Let's see how it goes. ...
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Why is this deleted meta question considered spam or abusive? (Why were my flags to remove the spam or rude/abusive flags declined?)

It doesn't seem a productive use of our time to deal with 10 year old questions. so it shows with a spam/rude mask every time I browse to it Uh, it's a deleted post with admittedly no value, so uh, ...
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How should the "very low quality" flag be used?

The way I see it, there are three paths forward for this flag: Remove the flag entirely. Use it as a quality indicator for kicking things into the review queue, and completely hide it from moderators....
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