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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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Suspicious trend in answers to a specific user's questions.

So yesterday I came across a question. Something seemed suspicious (a badly worded question and an incorrect answer accepted), so I did some snooping. It appears that every question from the OP has ...
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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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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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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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Questions deleted right after receiving an answer: where to flag the users?

I know there have been several questions about users who delete their question immediately after receiving an answer. I have seen this abusive behavior many times. This and this are two examples. Many ...
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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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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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Adding flagging to the review of low-quality posts

In the review page for low-quality posts, When reviewing answers (at least) it is sometimes the case that the answer is in fact a comment by a low-reputation user. While voting for deletion is fine, ...
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How to flag abusive comments that may not look abusive at first sight?

Today one of my flagging got declined. Se the picture below: Although that was really a helpful flag since using abusive words is not welcome in this site. I guess my flagging was declined because ...
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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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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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Why am I able to flag my own questions?

I just noticed that I (as everyone else) can flag my own questions. There are fewer options (no "spam", "rude or abusive" nor "very low quality") to choose, but it's still possible to flag your own ...
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User adding irrelevant tags

There have been a couple days now when at around the same time, a certain user has been going through old posts marked with the 'probability' tag and editing them to add irrelevant tags, most commonly ...
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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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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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Disciplinary action for nasty behaviour

A couple of hours ago I reviewed a proposal to edit a post. The suggested edit was nasty, irrelevant and of pornographic nature. I rejected the edit choosing the reason for rejection as "harmful". I ...
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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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Should gibberish posts be flagged as abusive or just downvoted and deleted?

Note: This is quite a long post. Feel free to scroll down to the highlighted part where my actual question is. If you find out that you want more information on these types of flags, you can read the ...
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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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Etiquette for flagging a comment that points out a (corrected) typo?

Typos happen often. On old posts there's a lot of clutter in the first comments that simply point out typos in the question or answer. I assume it's fine to flag these for deletion? This seems fine ...
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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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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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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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How do “rude or abusive” flags age away?

Some time ago, I flagged something on meta as "rude or abusive". Checking now to see what became of it, I see my flag "aged away". I understand that close votes can age away, but I didn't know that "...
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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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Handling answers that don't answer the question

Often times, I come across "answers" that are related to the question but don't answer the question that has actually been asked in the OP. Often times this occurs when the OP asks for an explanation ...
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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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What's the difference between duplicate flag and close duplicate flag?

What's the difference between duplicate flag and close duplicate flag? When I want to flag something as duplicated there are two ways: Flagging as a duplicate: Flagging as should be closed → ...
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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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Comment flags are anonymous

Just in case you are not aware: to help prevent abuse by moderators, the system is designed so that certain flags are anonymous. In particular, with the current flagging system (rumour has it that SE ...
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“flags should only be used to make moderators aware of content that requires their intervention”. What content is this phrase talking about?

I flagged an answer (the shortest one) in this topic since the answerer posted it twice (no matter if it is correct or not), but my flag was declined by moderators with a standard phrase: "flags ...
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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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User repeatedly asking then deleting a question

What it says in the title. The following question has been posted (at least) twice: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1746975/fol-equivalence-proof First order logic equivalence proof Each ...
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Should we do something about old comments mentioning (homework) tag?

Not so long ago, the homework tag was blacklisted. However, we still have many comments on old questions containing some information about (homework) tag. This information is now obsolete. It is ...
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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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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 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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Recent invalidation of flags

This is not a post against invalidation of flags, but rather I am trying to raise awareness to something which might be happening behind the scenes with the flags recently. Invalidation is a good ...
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Flagging for migration to Stack Overflow declined

I flagged Split Textarea input text into all textarea box without enter button. for migration to Stack Overflow since that site doesn't appear in the migration path in the close dialog, and only ...
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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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Flagging for Moderator Attention

Something just occurred to me as I viewed the comments to this question. Akhil, a fellow moderator, wrote that I'll be happy to reopen if you edit the question to something more detailed and flag ...
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What *is* a non-constructive comment, if this isn't?

Today, in a now-deleted meta thread, I got the following comment (literal quote): @Lord_Farin baby as a reply to a comment of mine. (Seconds later, the thread was deleted.) I flagged this comment ...
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How to proceed when a bad question floods the site?

Math.SE has recently been flooded by the continued posting and re-posting of an extremely bad question. I flagged the question (once), and voted to close all that came after it. But I don't think it ...
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Edit after edit and declined flags.

This question was edited fourth times by the same user. The edits were minor, rather unnecessary, possibly made for gaining some points. One of the last edits replaced the ...
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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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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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I wrongly flagged a question. What to do?

I just wrongly flagged the question Is this correct? $rH=Hr^{-1}$ as a duplicate of the question Show that the set $\{r^{-1} : r\in R \}$ contains exactly one element out of each right coset of $H$.. ...
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Do moderators see previous flags on a post?

Earlier today I flagged a post, and I was torn between a borderline spam flag and a VLQ flag (or NAA maybe). I decided to flag with a free-form text, and say that I'm torn between these options, ...
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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 ...