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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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As a moderator I have seen flags on my content a couple of times. I presume I could act on them. I have always avoided acting on those because it just seems like a conflict of interest situation, and principle calls for someone else to check it and tell me if I am behaving like a twerp. In any case I think that not letting people clear complaints directed ...


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You know what they say about assumptions... There's no hard rule on this. As dmckee notes, it's generally considered a faux pas - there are always other mods, let them handle it. But sometimes, it's expedient to just get flags out of the way: in particular, I often dismiss those "too many comments" flags that Community raises when I'm in the middle of ...


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This is because of the behaviour of that warning: Flaggers with a recent (past 7 days) flagging history consisting of at least 10 flags where >= 10% of flags were declined will see [that warning] when they flag You've had 10 flags resolved, 9 as helpful and 1 declined. Since you've been here less than a week, all of those flags are within the past 7 ...


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The meaning of "flags should only be used to make moderators aware of content that requires their intervention" is pretty simple. It is the reason given when someone raises a flag asking that some action X be taken when in fact the community can perform X. A good example is if someone raises a custom flag asking that a question be closed. Unless there's ...


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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 style of humor repeatedly (see movie quotes; cuss words redacted): Turkish: It's an unlicensed boxing match. It's not a tickling competition. These lads are out ...


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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 guidelines mandate that moderators explain and defend their actions (when asked nicely)? No, they don't. Theoretically a dissatisfied user could contact a CM, or ...


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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 and messing on meta and in Charcoal HQ to realise how strict it is. (I am not happy with that but oh well. I guess it will be that way no matter how I feel.) ...


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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 for comments is - we need to decide whether harassment et al was intended, and a mod has to decide on the spot to what the best course of action is. In this ...


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