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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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Show only a count of the unhandled flags in the top bar

Since the change in the formatting of the top bar, I get a yellow box with a number in it containing the number of flags that need to reviewed. I click on it to take me to the flag review page. This ...
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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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I did a “flagging-review” which I want to retract

I've just been asked for a list of answers to confirm or disagree with current flags. I disagreed with the current flags in one case and said so in the answer box. Now I see, that I've misread the ...
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Flag suspicious-looking links?

The original post of this question included an, in my opinion, suspicious-looking link, which allegedly contained the source of the question. I handled this by writing a comment warning others that it ...
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Is it OK to flag an accepted answer because contains a significant, conceptual error?

In this question: What does $dx$ mean? someone asked what the "$dx$" in an indefinite integral meant. In one of the answers, which was accepted, the answer began by saying "Formally, $dx$ does not ...
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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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Can a flag with the reason “invalid flag” be “helpful” in the end?

Since a few days I am over 10K reputation, meaning that I have access to the review tools. Up to now I saw 4 cases of "not an answer" flag there, which didn't make sense to me. The last one affected ...
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Indicate the presence of an image in the Tools > Flags tab

In the Tools > Flags tab of the 10k tools, all images are silently suppressed: For some posts (particularly proofs-by-picture and containing scans), this can easily lead to wrong flags. So please ...
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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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10k Tools flag tab shows a post I already flagged

I recently gained access to the "10k tools". Today, I flagged an answer as "not an answer" through the Low Quality review queue. When I switched to the "Tools" tab, I saw that same answer yet again: ...
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Extended flag processing time

It's been many hours since I raised a flag on Why is this inequality true in this proof?. Any guesses why it's still showing "active"?
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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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Declined comment flag

A while back I flagged a comment, not because there was anything wrong with it but because I thought the moderators should read it and heed it: it collected a list of all the rapid-fire duplicates ...
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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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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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When is a comment “not constructive?”

I recently flagged the following comment Are ruler and compass allowed? User64494 to this question. However, it was declined by the moderators which leaves me wondering when a comment is "not ...
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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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Flag comments about the blacklisted [graph] tag as obsolete?

I flagged the following comment (in this question) as obsolete: since the graph tag has been blacklisted (see http://meta.math.stackexchange.com/q/8729/139). This flag was declined. It seems like a ...
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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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What's with “selfclear” resolution of comment flags?

First off, some positive news. We now have our comment flag history visible on the user page http://meta.math.stackexchange.com/users/flag-summary/userID. I'm sure ...
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What Happened to Helpful Flags Counter on User Page?

What happened to the 'Helpful Flags' counter / link that was available on your user page as it seems to have disappeared today?
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How to view flagged comments?

Today I wanted to see a list of the comments (rather than questions and answers) I had flagged (recently). I could not find any way of doing this. Is there an obvious way which I am missing?
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When to flag comments

I recently flagged as "rude or offensive" the comment As the tone should suggest, he’s a crank. It’s a hysterical screed with a few nuggets of fact surrounded by a great deal of nonsense. E.g., he ...
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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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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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Flagging problems

I've flagged two question which were closed, but both flags were declined. The questions and the moderator answers are: Please help me understand, what is sweet: X or sugar [closed] declined - Since ...
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Number of helpful flags in elections

A question I had about the "helpful flags"-field in the ongoing elections: Would it be an idea to not only list the number of flags deemed helpful, but also the total number of flags (or the number ...
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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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Re-evaluation of actions when a moderator resigns?

I just found that there were an unusual lot of suggested flags in the review queue. Only after going through it, I noticed that especially one case was weird: The question, answer and initial flagging ...
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Why is my Flag Declined?

https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/370139/the-equation-and-number-of-units Question was flagged by me and declined. But now this question is closed.What's wrong?
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flaggin contradiction?

Yesterday I flagged https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/360476/how-is-algebra-equations-geometry-etc-going-to-help-with-life citing reason 'it is too broad to be answered' the flag was ...
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Strange dispute of an Invalid flag.

I always wondered why all of my invalid flags were disputed, and this one is really strange: Today I saw the first time a reason, well it is about this answer and it was flaged as "not an answer". ...
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Question about using flags

I recently flagged an answer because I thought that something strange was going on with the votes on the answer. The flag was declined because "flags should only be used to make moderators aware of ...
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Ability to Vote Down Comments

It would be nice to be able to vote down comments. Sometimes I find users leaving very unhelpful one sentence complaints about questions and/or answers, but it is not nearly serious enough to warrant ...
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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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one flag or two?

Suppose I find something that needs flagging for two different reasons, and only one is covered by the automated messages. Common cases of this include: Someone posts an "answer" saying "the person ...
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Guidance for how and when to flag a question: declined flags

When reviewing first posts in particular, it is my understanding that one should check if the question is a fit for the site, among which if the question makes sufficient sense. I take these tasks ...
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How to suggest questions for transfer to a sister site, if that site appears better suited?

Compare also Willie's feedback here that this is perfectly legitimate, at least in his eyes. However, when I flagged this question for possible transfer to cross-validated, as I consider it a much ...
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What happens to flagged posts.

I have made a few helpful flags since joining MSE but I've never bothered to follow up the posts I flagged. But just recently I flagged this answer for not making any attempt to answer the associated ...
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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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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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flags in chat yesterday

There was some sort of excitement yesterday or last night which I found mysterious. It turns out that in Chat, and there is just the one main chat which has been going forever, one may either star a ...
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Flags on comments don't sum up correctly

When you look at Your flagging history it might happen that the flags on comments don't sum correctly. Seems like there are some that are still waiting for review (which shows up for flags on for ...
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Flag Declined and How to avoid it

I flagged an "answer" in this question as not being an answer. It seemed clear to me when I flagged the answer as not an answer, that the OP who didn't have an account was answering a question given ...
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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 was my flag declined?

I flagged this answer a while ago as not an answer. It was declined with "declined - flags should only be used to make moderators aware of content that requires their intervention " So, can someone ...
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Why was the request to migrate a generalized Stack Exchange question to Meta Stack Overflow declined?

I'm an elected moderator on Stack Overflow. I recently flagged the following question on your meta to be migrated to Meta Stack Overflow: Do mods of stackexchange sites get paid? The reason I did ...
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Moderators ignoring flags

For some reason the moderators have ignored my recent flags. My flags have not been declined, deemed helpful, etc. Is there a reason for that?
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Flood of low-quality flags!

In the past hour or so there has been a flood of automatic "low quality" flags. At the moment there are $33$ of them. Almost all are not low quality at all. Seems quite a trouble to start ...
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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, ...