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How should I respond to unfriendly comments by moderators?

Flag it anyway! On the sites I moderate, if something posted by a moderator gets flagged, that mod will recuse themself from handling it (and in fact will usually ping the rest in a private chat room ...
Draconis's user avatar
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16 votes
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What does a good flag for suspected AI (e.g., ChatGPT) content look like?

Related: In an answer to New flag for ChatGPT answers, @Laurel makes the point that: ... your suggestion prevents the user from giving any details about why the answer is AI generated. These details ...
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Why was this answer deleted and marked as offensive?

I'm pretty confident that answer was flagged as spam, not for being offensive. The OP linked to their own blog (see their profile) without proper attribution. from Expected Behavior: Avoid overt self-...
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I suggest to do a flag button inside an edit block

The scenario when drawing a moderator's attention to a particular edit is needed is extremely rare; hence, in those scenarios, one can use a custom flag for the post itself writing about why the ...
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What exactly do VoteTypeId=4 (offensive) and VoteTypeId=12 (spam) mean?

It looks like these are just Community's votes to delete posts as spam or abusive, which happens after 1 moderator red flag or N red flags from other users (currently 4 but usually 6). The number ...
Laurel's user avatar
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Abusing deleted post edit history as a poor man's version control system?

I can't get into specifics due to the usual confidentiality of moderation issues, however it doesn't necessarily look like this user is intentionally trolling. Though, as you noted, they are ban-...
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Allow editing already-submitted “In need of moderator intervention” flag comments

In cases like this, you can just retract the flag and cast a new one with the updated reason. What you propose is slightly faster, but it doesn't come up that often (flagging reasons don't need to be ...
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Is it possible to require pre-approval for content on an SE site? If not, how can I deal with a site with too much hostile content?

Tl;dr The Staging Ground is a form of pre-approval, but it's SO-specific. You can flag inappropriate comments You can raise a custom moderator flag (on a post, not a comment to ensure a mod sees it) ...
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Answer marked as solution. If deleted, is questioner free to mark another answer as the solution?

Firstly, you can't delete your own answer if it is accepted so it's not quite that simple. If a moderator or a group of trusted users deleted your answer then, yes the person who asked the question ...
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Is it possible to require pre-approval for content on an SE site? If not, how can I deal with a site with too much hostile content?

There's no such thing as pre-approval, but moderators can prevent any comments from being posted on a post with a "comments only" lock. This only prevents comments, so voting and editing ...
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Abusing deleted post edit history as a poor man's version control system?

The main post about auto flags includes this... too many owner edits (auto) So a flag is raised by the system. The moderators will process that flag eventually so there's no need worry too much ...
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Is casting R/A flags on blatant, but uncited, LLM-generated content acceptable?

I think you answered your own question in quoting: Do not use this flag if ... The post blatantly violates other site rules. This is what downvotes, close votes, and other flag types are for. If ...
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Flagging question edits

This will depend on reputation on that stack, but everybody can see the flag button, directly under the question body. From there, flag for a moderator's attention. As it says, be specific and ...
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Error on flags page

Sorry about that, we deployed a change to rendering user cards that contained a bug that seems obvious in hindsight but went unnoticed. The issue has been fixed and all pages rendering user ...
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Why am I unable to re-flag a post after my previous flag has been attended to?

I think I've uncovered a bit of a quirk with the flagging system. It seems that the system won't allow you to re-flag a post if you use the same flag message as a previous flag, even if that previous ...
galacticninja's user avatar
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Flag as duplicate from another Stack Exchange site?

Cross posting is not allowed. Of course if different people have posted similar questions on different sites, that's not a problem. It's just that we don't want single individuals to post the same ...
Robert Longson's user avatar
3 votes

No message when flagging a comment

This has since been implemented (status-completed).
starball's user avatar
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Flag window redux: proposed syntax

Addressing an objection from the comments Trying to factor out "should be" from the close reasons seems like a premature optimization. It makes the individual labels harder to understand, ...
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When is it not a good idea to rely on automatic handling of low answer quality score flags from the Community user?

Don't use it if you don't want all flags on that post marked helpful and nothing else. The original text for that button is "Resolve all flags (auto)" and has the tooltip "dismiss any ...
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Message informing me of previous post flag

status-completed The flag dialog now indicates if you have a pending flag ("this is the flag that you have raised") and greys out flag options you can no longer use due to previous flag ...
starball's user avatar
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Is it possible to require pre-approval for content on an SE site? If not, how can I deal with a site with too much hostile content?

I feel like this throws an onerous burden onto the moderation team of the specific side. In addition to needing to review and judge every question - there's always going to be people unhappy that '...
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Flag link for new user own post does nothing

That's interesting. I just clicked flag under a few of my own answers and I saw the following dialog: The phrasing "A problem not listed above ..." is wrong, of course, as there are no ...
PeterJames's user avatar
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Flagging question edits

Edits applied to the post If possible, do a rollback yourself. For users who can only suggest edits, this has to be done manually. For all other users, there will be a "rollback" link in the ...
Laurel's user avatar
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Rename "Disputed" flag outcome

I like "Reviewed" or "Handled". "Inconclusive" also seems reasonable.
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Duplicate answers should be blocked rather than just flagged

Thank you for putting this proposal together, and for your patience. Our team has considered this and we are opting to move it from status-deferred to status-declined. What’s proposed here is an ...
Sasha's user avatar
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Better flagging as off topic

Specifically, the subreason chosen is not shown to close voters. status-completed The flag dialog now indicates if you have a pending flag, putting the message "this is the flag that you have ...
starball's user avatar
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Allow hitting tab to go to Vote to Close button in Vote to Close dialog

status-completed? It's possible. But if there's anything in the tab navigation "path" in between, such as a link in a flag reason's description, you will need to tab past those first.
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