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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 actual reality of what is occuring. "Oh no, not a bigot but I'll tie this bad stuff to you anyway". And then the post tries to tie me to an alt-right site ...


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Are we taking a stricter approach to evaluating quality flags? Yes, we're taking a more 'letter of the law' approach to dealing with quality related flags in order to help reviewers better hone their moderation skills. Previously, most of the moderators were inclined to validate a flag even if it didn't exactly apply, but still pointed us to problematic ...


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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. (I've just tested that this is the case.) That biases the queue towards unhelpful spam flags. In reality, there are probably far more helpful spam flags than ...


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-1 this is incorrect is essentially noise. Your downvote should already indicate this; if your downvote indicates anything other than "something here is incorrect or unhelpful", you're doing it wrong. -1 this code contained live bobcat, would not compile again is better, but honestly the comment should simply explain what's incorrect in an answer, not ...


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Ok, Kev asked me to chime in here, but before I get started let's have a quick sanity check: Moderators can delete any post at any time at their own discretion. Moderators are expected to exercise discretion when doing so, but ultimately the choice and the responsibility is theirs. Your flag does not place any additional responsibility upon the responding ...


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I think it highly depends on the comment: Good: -1, that cannot work because of xyz -1, that's just a dirty hack/workaround and does not solve the actual issue of the OP Bad: -1, this is bad/wrong -1, learn some english! -1, you have a funny nose


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You used a custom flag message stating: so old question with lots of possible duplicates. should be closed This may very well be the case, but moderators are not Google search. If, as you state, there are lots of possible duplicates which you are aware of, you could have used the "exact duplicate" moderator flag and showed us which post it was a ...


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Because certain things sort of stink, namely some of our moderator tools. Your flag was valid, however a SPAM flag on the same post needed to be declined. Currently, we can't decline flags selectively (a new moderator interface in the works permits this, but it's a little while out). Since validated quality related flags are used for review audits, I'm ...


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Sure looks like it to me. Handled.


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Sure - we could only run the check when a flag is declined. That would fix the problem of getting off to a bad start and then improving only to find yourself banned. You'd still hit the threshold eligible for a ban, but you wouldn't actually get banned until/unless you raised another bad flag. But that has other problems. For starters, there's no ...


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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 on the network: When shouldn't I comment? Comments are not recommended for any of the following: Suggesting corrections that don't fundamentally ...


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That was totally my mistake. (I was actually expecting a Meta post on this yesterday.) There were several flags on answers to that post at the same time as your flag on the question. The thing is, the answers actually answered the question, so there was no reason to flag them. I meant to decline those flags and accidentally declined yours. (All flags on ...


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Downvote One of the main reasons to downvote is to indicate a wrong answer. Other than that, you can comment on it, pointing out why it is incorrect. See Blatantly wrong accepted answer for more info.


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Yes, "too old" is a good reason not to migrate. Old questions are of very low value, and when old questions go from SO (with the matching crazy high views/votes) they're very disruptive to smaller communities: piles of free rep and badges for the owners of the migrated posts, the question looks disproportionately good via upvotes, the tone of the question/...


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I disagree strongly with whoever declined that flag. It's very important that a question that is not a real question be closed immediately. The reason questions are closed is to prevent answers. If the question really is NARQ then it means it can't be meaningfully answered. The problem is that less experienced users (and occasionally more experienced ...


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if one missing brace is causing project to become stagnant... should look for different line of work. I agree, that's insulting so I removed it. Being honest shouldn't be used as an excuse to be rude. We can give people constructive feedback without insulting them, even if they do use txtspk.


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Sorry, I am declining this. Given the recent abolition of flag weight all complaints on meta have ceased. The decision of what to do with a flag is subjective; it is entirely possible and justifiable for some mods to decline certain flags while others will not. There is no objective measure out there. The hope is that moderators use the decline feature ...


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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 that way automatically, or by one of Meta moderators. As I expressed under Shog's post, I flagged the post because in my interpretation of CoC it violates: ...


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Question In a C# public method, what does the int indicate apart from the type integer? Answer It is the type of the return value. That does answer the question. Unless you know what a return value is, you might not consider it very helpful, but that's what downvotes are for, not flags. After all, the not an answer flag text reads: This was ...


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That was me. I looked at that one for a bit. While rude, deleting that comment would leave a constructive reply by the answerer hanging by itself. I thought there was more value in preserving the conversation than removing the rudeness. The problem we have is that there are usually only two actions we can take on a comment flag: delete the comment, or ...


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Fat fingered that one, but in the future, include more information. We see a lot of "this is a duplicate answer" flags that are completely meaningless. Here's a better flag: Duplicate of answer on same question from same user. This conveys that the user has posted two of the same answer on the same question, which is much more actionable and gets our ...


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Be nice is very, very important. I'm not opining on this particular mod action; I (currently) lack appropriate context. I'm not going to even try to weigh in on the mod's call here. Mod's job's involve lots of complicated challenges, and are asked to maintain a balance that has pretty rarely been pulled off in online communities, and while it's easy for me ...


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"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 gratitude... Whatever meaning it was intended to have is neither well-communicated nor agreed upon; in practice it is used for anything you could possibly want to ...


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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 you names. They just said you don't deserve to be a moderator. Yeah, well, that's just, like, your opinion, man. The second comment is harder to judge without ...


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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). When I read the comment you left, here is what I noticed (in bold part): @user So, essentially, 'My way or highway' - Glad to see how you're willing to ...


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More and more of your flags are getting declined, and that's leading Stack Overflow to trust your flagging skills less. One way that's manifested is in the reduced number of flags you're allowed each day. Once upon a time, you were able to see a quantitative measure of that trust, called "flag weight", but no more (and good riddance!). Review your recent ...


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First off, I'm glad you brought this up - I had it in my mind to contact you upon seeing those flags, but got distracted. Let's talk about closing... That's how the question you flagged appears as I write this. The author who asked it (3.5 years ago), the last editor, and those who opted to close it are all prominently displayed. Nothing is being done in ...


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At the risk of receiving downvotes from both flaggers and mod-supporters, I would say that both you and "declining" moderator made mistakes here.   Your mistake is of using wrong flag. VLQ description says "answer is unlikely to be salvageable through editing" which makes it a very (very) bad fit for link-only answers.   Thing is, as long as ...


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You deal with it by going about your life and letting go. You can't control people, only your reaction to them. There's nothing in the profile that's particularly offensive, and if they think ranting in their profile will help, let them rant, as long as it's not crossing boundaries. They'll learn it won't help for the same reason.


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