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Is there a better way to permanently stop the spam questions?

You're actually seeing only part of them: The good news is that after an uncharacteristically long Internet outage, SmokeDetector is now automatically casting spam flags again, so all that type of ...
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Is it okay to flag blatant spam using two accounts?

No. This is effectively giving yourself twice as many votes toward the post's deletion. It would be similarly against the rules to cast two close votes, two delete votes, etc. You can, however, ask ...
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Is it okay to flag blatant spam using two accounts?

Personally, as much as I would prefer that blatant spam not be allowed to exist on any site any longer than it has to, I think we should not allow an exception for this type of post. Some reasons to ...
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The API is unexpectedly retracting flags

This was a bug introduced in the API 2.3 Release as part of allowing retracting flags from the API. If you pass a flag id through flag_option.id to /flags/add that is possible to retract, it will ...
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Allow retracting flags from the API

We have added the option to retract flags via API. When getting flag_options via flags/options now you will see a new property named is_retraction. When it is set to true you can pass that flag_option....
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Does the SE network have an effective process in place to deal with aggressively toxic users?

There's not much you can do when the reward for the hyper-fixation is the fixation. There are some folks that simply never get tired of throwing stuff at the wall, and they will continue doing it ...
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Is flagging a bunch of "thanks" comments OK?

There's nothing necessarily wrong with it, but if it's overloading the moderators you might be asked to slow down. I've done this several years ago; run queries, find obsolete or unnecessary comments, ...
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Make the moderator flag comment max length longer

This is important because of the need to include links Here are a bunch of the flags I've sent in the past few weeks. All of the links and names have been anonymized and don't lead anywhere. ...
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Spam flag if it's off-topic but doesn't actually link to product/company, but profile does?

It definitely meets the criteria for spam on Stack Exchange: it "[e]xists only to promote a product or service." I can't imagine a moderator seeing the full picture would decline a spam flag,...
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When NAA includes rude language - red flaggable?

I wouldn't edit the example question you provided either, but just flag it as rude/abusive. If it's just one or two instances of 'f***ing' (of which some users, due to watching too much television, ...
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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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Is flagging too many posts to add the citation banner grounds for suspension?

Any problematic behaviour can, when repeated, lead to a suspension. It's not just limited to the ones explicitly listed in A Day in the Penalty Box. If we think you are reachable, and the behavior is ...
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Is there a way to appropriately nudge a moderator to handle my old flags, or is waiting the only option?

Waiting is your only option. Moderators are volunteers with their time, and their time may be taken up on other things. To be honest if it's a persistent thing that there's a distinct and acute lack ...
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AI to use grammar syntax for auto-flagging comments

You use three imperatives in this very post: Take this made-up comment Consider what I've seen [...] Step back and take a look [...] That no-one would consider these examples rude in the least ...
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Implement flagger ranking

Can we add another tab to https://stackoverflow.com/users that will show the most avid flaggers? I'm not a fan of this, but to be fair I'm also not a fan of having the 'voters' or 'editors' there: ...
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I'd like to see rude/abusive flags raised on my posts

Now in hindsight, I see how that may have come across as deeply offensive. The edit to my answer was the right thing to do. If I could have seen from the beginning that my answer had a rude/abusive ...
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Flagging comments on mobile is impossible unless you previously switched to desktop view prior to mobile site removal

Repro'd on Chrome 98 for Windows with mobile mode on. This is the source code when mobile mode is off. There are 3 <div> tags inside the comment-actions grid: comment-score comment-voting ...
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What should my expectations be when flagging in need of moderator intervention?

Your flag will, sometime between a few minutes and a few weeks, depending on site moderator workload, be marked either "helpful" or "declined" and an optional message explaining ...
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Can flagging off-topic MSE questions be made easier?

I'd go one step further: Off-topic should be a top-level close reason on all sites. The scope of every site on the network is limited, there is no universal site to ask about the life, the universe ...
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Wrong rate limit message when attempting to flag a comment

I've made this fix. The new text will be: You may only load the comment flag dialog every #num# seconds. Thanks for the suggestion in your answer, Ryan M; I think it makes a lot of sense to make ...
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What makes a comment substantive enough to deactivate "one-flag deletion" due to "certain keywords"?

"Thanks" is indeed one of Stack Exchange's seven dirty words. I did some testing a while ago and found out "thanks" comments longer than 40 characters won't be deleted with a ...
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Wrong rate limit message when attempting to flag a comment

As Makyen notes, even that fix would still be somewhat inaccurate, because the limit is on opening the dialog, not attempting to flag. It would be far better if it matched the rate limit error message ...
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Spam flag if it's off-topic but doesn't actually link to product/company, but profile does?

The existence or lack of a link is secondary. If the purpose of the post is to promote a service or product (or religion, mathematical proof, secret satanistic organization, etc etc etc) then it is ...
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Should I flag again when the system automatically handles the rude/abusive flag?

So, is it useful? Should I flag such posts again after the original rude/abusive flag has been automatically handled by the post's deletion? In general, if there are things left to do, you can leave ...
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How can I see the flag ID of a flag I raised?

Flag IDs aren't really used anywhere, and I wouldn't know what to do with one. The easiest way to reference a flag is to reference the post it (or the comment you flagged) is on. If you feel like ...
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Does a flag get stuck on pending if the post is migrated?

Your custom mod flag is still visible to the Aviation site's moderators in their flag dashboard and on the migration stub for that question on Aviation.SE (which the flag dashboard shows/links to ...
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Allow to flag a question for closure without casting a vote if I'm out of close votes

It is not mentioned in the question, but this becomes really important for reviewing First Posts (or the new First Questions) or Triage queues when out of close votes. I was reviewing a first question ...
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What should I do if I make a typo in my bounty text?

If it's a minor typo, live with your shame. (I kid, I kid). We can't edit bounties. In theory, we could refund it and have you post a bounty again, but in general, unless there's extraordinary ...
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How should we flag obvious troll questions?

The post in the screenshot you attached is definitely rude; we don't know who they are referring to. Female Stack Exchangers, for one, would find it quite inappropriate. According to the flag ...
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I'd like to see rude/abusive flags raised on my posts

While I’m sure your response to seeing a red flag on your post would have been just to edit your post (somehow figuring out what exactly needed to be changed), I’m afraid that an all-too-common ...
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