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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-...


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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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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 - 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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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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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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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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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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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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I declined the original flag as I didn't think that the link was spam. However, I see now that I should have just deleted the post which would have accepted your flag. I will admit that I didn't read the link as carefully as I should have done as I didn't notice that it was a link to a completely irrelevant page. At the time I thought that it was just a ...


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Whether or not you are banned is based on the percentage of declined flags that you have over the past 7 days. Every single instant in time that passes can potentially change that value. Not only do new flags coming in matter, but the flags that are no longer within that time period matter. When a rejected flag becomes old enough to be outside of that ...


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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 course there are a great many things that we won't all agree on. Some sites have extremely strict standards for answers; others allow questions that are almost ...


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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 communities. Here on Meta, featuring a question features that question on every site on the network. We don't have the option to just feature something on this site ...


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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 should be a disposable oneliner... but here we are. Our flag queue is pretty full, but currently being worked on. Apparently this specific post was flagged, ...


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I can't comment on the specific motivations for the moderators who declined your flags, but you've been going through and flagging a bunch of downvoted, unanswered, and already-closed questions as "very low quality." These are three recent questions which had declined "low quality" flags on them: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/15915767/php-fetch-table ...


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That decline reason is very widely used for custom flags. We frequently end up with completely pointless flags in our queue that go somewhere along these lines: Please help I need this asap I don't know why this is getting downvoted This looks like homework All of these scenarios are cases where the user should not have flagged for our attention. ...


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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 question asked of me in the area reserved for questions, or as a comment on a post. However, when asked, I will always try to explain any action I take on a site, ...


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I declined the spam flag, yet ended up removing the answer. I declined the spam flag because it wasn't pure spam. While he points to his blog, he does so in an attempt to answer the question. He's not promoting a commercial product or flooding us with links to an ad-supported site. We want people to be careful with spam / offensive flags, because of the ...


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This is a clever attempt at Spam. If I were looking at this from the moderator panel, it'd be really hard for me to know it was spam, for a few reasons: Links are not shown in the moderator panel (unless we expand the post, which incidentally I didn't know we could do until now). The default is just naked text. The spam flag doesn't give any indication what ...


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When moderators process flags, they can only validate or decline all the flags on the same post together. That is, the flags either all get validated, or they all get declined. That becomes a problem when some flags are valid while others are not. In your case, it's clear that another user flagged the question as offensive. (which is invalid) But your flag ...


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Someone else had thrown an Offensive flag on the same post for some reason. Since the moderator who processed that flag didn't agree, he declined it and your (correct) flag was declined at the same time. Sorry about the confusion this causes, but declining invalid Offensive flags is a high priority. See also: Why are the moderators being so strict with ...


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