I want to help moderating this site, but I'm unsure what flags are seen by 10K+ or 20K+ users and what flags are only visible for moderators. This seems important, because I don't want to bother a moderator with a deletion flag, since 10K+ can also delete a post.

How does this work? Are flags that ask truely bad questions or answers to be removed (with 'not an answer' / 'very low quality' / 'spam' flags) welcome?

  • $\begingroup$ See here. (Duplicate? Maybe there is a bit of difference between the two questions.) BTW this question was shown among related question on the right. $\endgroup$ Jun 21, 2015 at 6:50
  • $\begingroup$ I guess that "I don't want to bother a moderator" part of your question should probably be addressed by somebody from the moderators team. $\endgroup$ Jun 21, 2015 at 6:53
  • $\begingroup$ I will add that this posts has also some useful information on flagging: Capture the Flag: FAQ on Flagging $\endgroup$ Jun 21, 2015 at 6:56
  • $\begingroup$ @MartinSleziak Indeed, the first post is a duplicate. The FAQ only says some flags, not which, so maybe the FAQ should be edited to include this? $\endgroup$
    – wythagoras
    Jun 21, 2015 at 7:14
  • $\begingroup$ @Martin: That CTF post is long long lonnng outdated. Someone really ought to revise it. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Jun 21, 2015 at 7:25

1 Answer 1


Short answer: here.

I now proceed to ignore your question and instead look at what I think is the motivation. If you want to moderate the site based on flags, I say go for it. If the mod team thinks you are flagging far too much, we'll let you know.

You ask about bad questions/answers and flags. In many cases, the correct behaviour for bad questions/answers is to leave a comment and downvote. Mods do not delete content merely for being incorrect, for instance. This might be confusing, but our role is to moderate the site, not guarantee correctness. You shouldn't flag something merely for being incorrect either. Explain why it's wrong, downvote it.

You also mention the spam flag. Spam has a distinguished meaning. For a post to be spam is for a post to be an advertisement or link to a page/product(s). If you flag merely low-quality posts as spam, your flags will be rejected. Similarly, if you flag merely low-quality posts as offensive, your flags will be rejected.

Finally, I want to add that there are many more ways to help moderate the site than by flagging. Some of the most important tasks are janitorial and lead ultimately to better site navigation. These are less easy, and therefore we are in constant need of help. They're also important which is why they're incentivized by badges.

  1. Edit questions to have informative titles. Titles should accurately indicate the question. For example, A calculus question is a terrible title. help exam soon!!!! is worse. Edit these away.

  2. Edit tags to properly reflect the question. Add tags, remove tags, use more than one tag --- that's all fine.

  3. Identify and mark duplicate questions as duplicates. If a question should be merged into another, flag for it.

  4. Upvote correct, unvoted content. (This is a recurring theme of mine)

  • $\begingroup$ Okay, thank you for your answer. I think I will be able to help better now. $\endgroup$
    – wythagoras
    Jun 21, 2015 at 12:09

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