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Flagging is the process of bringing a question, answer or comment to a community moderator's attention for any reason.

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Capture the Flag: FAQ on Flagging

What is flagging for moderator attention? How does the flagging process work? What are the different flags, and what are they useful for?
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Don't flag wrong answers?

I recently flagged an answer as "not an answer", and what came back was "declined - flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer." I found that surprising,...
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Is it in the Moderator's Job Description to patrol for correctness?

A user flagged a comment of another user, with the specific request to delete the other user's comment because it is "factually incorrect". Now, I'm inclined to just ignore flags like this, as I've ...
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Flagging for migration to Mathematica.SE and Computational Science.SE

I noticed we can flag posts for migration to physics.SE and stats.SE. Can you please add options for migration to Mathematica and Computational Science, too? (A.K.): The Mathematica site has ...
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Withdrawing flags

A few hours ago I flagged an answer as "not an answer". After a more careful reading, I realized I was mistaken. Unfortunately, the SE software seems not to provide the option to withdraw a flag (in ...
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Preferred course of action for flagging of multiple obsolete comments

One of the recurring things on the main site is comments about the content of a question or an answer. Once the question/answer is edited to reflect these comments, they are often rendered obsolete. ...
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Which flags are visible to non-moderators, and which ones are seen only by moderators?

The titular question came up in another thread.
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What is the difference between voting to close as a duplicate and flagging as a duplicate?

I am aware that to flag you only need 15 reputation points. Only users with 3k+ reputation can cast votes. If a post is flagged as duplicate, what happens then? In particular, what is different from ...
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Should I flag comments, where long MathJax breaks page layout?

There were several posts mentioning that for various reason (mistake in the LaTeX-code, automatically inserted space) MathJax can break page layout: Formatting bug: long mathjax or code blocks break ...
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Answers of the form “I don't have enough reputation to comment, but”

New users often want to make a comment about a question or answer that they have read on this site, but they lack the $50$ reputation necessary to leave a comment. To circumvent this, they post their ...
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How to flag names?

I remember discussions, but a quick google didn't give me an answer to how to flag names that should be changed. In any case, a mod probably wants to have a look at this one.
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Definition of spam

I flagged this question as spam. The flag was declined. This was surprising to me, hence the following question. What is the definition of spam being used on MSE?
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Flagging Fake Answers

There are one or two users that I have come across who continually and persistently post fake answers. Why do I say fake? Because they always do one of the following: Give a mathematically completely ...
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Unearthing ancient «not an answer»s

There has been a strike recently of users flagging answers in very old posts as «not an answer». While I appreciate the intent of cleaning up -- in most cases the answers flagged are not actual ...
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Flagging a question before it is edited

I have noticed over the past few months some inconsistency with certain flags. If I flag PSQ with the closeflag "offtopic: missing context" and then it is edited later to be okay, I have had both ...
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Upvoted rather than flagged a comment; can it be undone?

I was trying to flag a comment in this answer, and messed up and upvoted it instead. I immediately tried to cancel the upvote to discover, somewhat to my surprise, that comment upvotes cannot be ...
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Flagging questions as off-topic

When flagging a question as off-topic we are given a choice between either completely off-topic, belongs to meta, or belongs to stats.SE. Is it possible to add another option "Belong elsewhere on the ...
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About the “more than 20 comments posted” system flag

Just a notice to all the high-rep users who have been helping out with keeping an eye on flags. First: thanks for all your hard work! Your opinions are greatly appreciated. Second: I want to mention ...
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What are those flags in the mod-tools good for? When and how should I act on them?

Every once in a while I see flags displayed to me in one of the tabs of the moderator tools. Most of the time I just ignore them, because I don't understand what they could possibly be about, but ...
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A post I flagged was declined but then closed for the same reason of the flag

I flagged https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1074123/is-g-commutative for being off topic but the flag was declined. However, the post was closed for the exact same reason I flagged it. Why ...
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What clears a Low Quality flag, and what removes a review from the LQ queue?

On several occasions, I have noticed that when I raise Low Quality or Not an Answer flag, the flags get cleared up without the post deleted, or without the review going through the general process of ...
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Rule for getting banned from flagging

I have been banned from flagging because 3 of my flags (not consecutive) were declined. And it says 'You are currently banned from flagging'. I want to know: 1 How many wrong flags do result in a ...
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Deleted posts don't clear from flag cache

I noticed a bug recently, and I came across it today again which reminded me to report. Sometimes a very low-quality post is made, usually by a transient new user, which is automatically flagged by ...
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Invalidation of flags by 10k users

I was thinking about "Disputed" flag status in the past few weeks, I'd like to share these thoughts and maybe someone could clarify something about that. It occurs to me that the "helpful" flag ...
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Why my duplicate flag is declined?

Aren't these questions similar? Factorial Proof by Induction Question: $ \frac1{2!} + \frac2{3!} + \dots+ \frac{n}{(n+1)!} = 1 - \frac1{(n+1)!} $? Prove if $n \in \mathbb N$, then $\frac{1}{2!}+\...
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Answering “is my approach correct” with a different proof

On this site it is common to see questions where OP asks if their approach or their solution to a problem is correct. Often, people answer these questions by providing their own entirely different ...
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How to flag kook answers?

What is the correct flag to use when an answer is pseudo-math? For example almost every question about cantor's diagonal proof gets an answer from someone who believes that the reals are enumeable. ...
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How is plagiarism best handled by nonmoderators? Should it be kept entirely private?

For ordinary users (so not focusing on the problems of what subsequent moderator action is appropriate, etc.) I am interested in understanding how to best handle cases of plagiarism, when noticed by a ...
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Wrongfully declined flag?

Incident Report: Two days ago I checked the mod tools and saw a flagged post appearing. The post was a common happening that a person posts an answer to a rather old question, and in the answer they ...
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How to flag a low quality answer in such a way the community can decide if this has to be deleted or not?

It happens sometimes to flag an answer like this as a low quality answer, and the moderators say "declined - flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer"....
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Disputed flags (despite closing question) and flags that are not counted.

I do not understand why some of the flags that I raise, get eventually disputed although the question gets closed or why they do not appear at all in my flags counter. Specifically I have two ...
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Is there a danger of up-voting someone too much?

Every now and then, I recognise someone I know on this site who I didn't notice earlier. Unbeknownst to them, I go through their questions/answers (expecting they will be of above-average interest to ...
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How to handle answers which are only CAS output?

I'm quite uncomfortable with the fact that there are many answers by specific users (especially in the "integration"-tag where I spent most of my time here) which are clearly pure CAS output. On top ...
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Surge in inexplicably declined “obsolete” flags

So, it's been a while since I returned to the MSE quarters, and I've taken up most of my old activities. Among those is the flagging of obsolete comments in the old threads I encounter while browsing ...
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When is a post “very low quality”?

At the question When you randomly shuffle a deck of cards, what is the probability that it is a unique permutation never before configured?, I had flagged the answer The chances of a particular ...
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Comments that suggest reposting to an ill-suited SE site: to flag or not to flag?

Asaf has composed a FAQ on Flagging, but I have a rather specialized concern that I did not see discussed yet. I occasionally see Comments that, doubtless with best intentions (for Questions that are ...
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What flags can 10K+ or 20K+ users handle and what flags are only visible for moderators?

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 ...
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How can I see which moderator accepted/declined my flags?

How can I see which moderator accepted/declined my flags? I doubt this is possible now, but I wanted to ask. If not possible, then what's the reason for keeping this secret? In the end, how could we ...
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Permanent flag-ban without warning. [closed]

I've flagged some posts and comments and nothing happened. Edit 1. An update after correspondence with the The Stack Exchange Team about my flag-ban: As people thinks here (Permanent flag-ban without ...
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How to insert a post into the “Low Quality” review queue?

Once in every while, I come upon an answer which is determinedly wrong (highly upvoted critical comments, knowledgeable users can easily determine the erroneous nature). Such gibberish should have no ...
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How to flag a user for a strange behavior

I noticed a strange behavior from a user of Math SE, I have no means to contact him directly, so I thought of notifying moderators of the site by flagging(may be). There is nothing related to ...
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What kind of comments are “not-constructive”?

I flagged some comments 3 of which got declined. 1.Trouble solving $\int\sqrt{1-x^2} \, dx$ This says only Thankyou. 2.Baricenter of $4$ intersection points of parabola with circle lies on axis of ...
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Moderators not having a uniform response to flags about potentially graded assignments when the photcopy has the point values next to the problems

I flagged this question since next to each problem there is a point value assigned which is indicative of it being a grader assignment. I was greeted with the following response and flag rejection: ...
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How should one handle posts offering money?

Sometimes OP will be so desperate (or so unfamiliar with the site) that s/he offers money (or at least says s/he does) in order to get an answer. The one time I've seen someone act on it (not because ...
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What should the offensive and spam flag be used for?

Spam flags and offensive flags are strong weapons: they automatically decrease the points of a post, and with enough flags the post is deleted. On MathOverflow, it is a custom to flag crank posts (...
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What action to take on identical questions from the same user?

It sometimes happens that the same user posts exactly the same question twice in a row. Examples: 1 2. user asked twice for the probability of choosing 90% of the colors from a collection of $10^{...
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Retracting flags [duplicate]

I flagged the first version of this answer for obvious reasons. After the edit, the flag is of no use. Is it possible to retract it? If not, this is a feature request. Assuming moderators would ...
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Same question format, but one question gets a good response, while the other gets closed. Why is that happening?

I'm speaking with reference to this question. When I read through the question, it immediately struck me as a low-effort question. It did not include an attempt to solve the problem. Nevertheless, it ...
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Will implicit down-vote affect my reputation?

Sorry for misusing term reputation I've observed that some flags (I don't remember which!)(If not all) Cast an implicit down-vote on post (again, I'm not sure about questions or answers). Will that ...
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Why is this not a comment, but an answer?

This answer here: https://math.stackexchange.com/a/1083253/1102 I flagged it as 'not an answer', as it ought to be a comment, but the flag was declined disputed. I believe there were a few delete ...