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How to flag kook answers?

My guideline is this: If the answer contains idiocy of the kind that refers to God, the Moon, or otherwise entirely non-mathematical objects, then it is not an answer. Flag it as NAA, downvote if you ...
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Why am I able to flag my own questions?

What if someone makes a few unsavory comments, or edits, or enters an edit war on your question? Shouldn't you be able and notify the moderators? What if you decide that it might be better to migrate ...
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How to flag abusive comments that may not look abusive at first sight?

To elaborate slightly on what Jyrki set and to answer point-by-point: How to flag abusive comments that may not look abusive at first sight? For the flag select "in need for moderator intervention"...
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Flagging for migration to Stack Overflow declined

While I did not handle that flag let me still comment on this (more generally). First, yes, the post is off-topic here, yes, in principle something like this is on-topic on SO, thus one in principle ...
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Should I flag an answer if the answer is wrong?

Yes, you should flag low quality content. But you should use the standard flags, i.e. "Very low quality" and "Not an answer" (when applicable) or "This question should be ...
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Disciplinary action for nasty behaviour

As it stands, having merely rejected the edit and given a custom reason won't draw the moderator's attention. For that, the appropriate course of action would be to flag the post to which the edit was ...
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Etiquette for flagging a comment that points out a (corrected) typo?

The typo-comments you mentioned fall precisely under "no longer relevant." Please do flag them. It is also appropriate to flag comments that had asked for clarification that was later provided. ...
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What flags can 10K+ or 20K+ users handle and what flags are only visible for moderators?

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 ...
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How to proceed when a bad question floods the site?

The question is not spam in the literal sense of the word. And since the system is automatically trained by spam flags, you shouldn't use spam flags. You should downvote and vote to close. And you ...
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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

First, let me say I am opposed to moderators acting like a single entity. After all, we're all different people from different parts of the world, and we have different opinions on matters. I do not ...
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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 think the reason for the declined flag says it all: flags should only be used to make moderators aware of content that requires [moderator] attention. The posts you link to really don't need a ...
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Edit after edit and declined flags.

Let me begin by saying that I didn't personally handle either of your flags. Were I to be handling them, I would have had the following thoughts: What's wrong with the graded-ring/module tag? Are ...
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Not-an-answer flag disputed by the author himself

Your not-an-answer flag sent the post into the low-quality review queue. Here is a link to the specific review (since the answer is deleted, I'm not exactly sure what you'll see). Since three users ...
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Should gibberish posts be flagged as abusive or just downvoted and deleted?

Before I actually answer I will confer an observation from earlier discussions, actions, etc. Many a user are eager to flag such posts (and even lesser evils). Yet if not instructed otherwise, and ...
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Should gibberish posts be flagged as abusive or just downvoted and deleted?

Regardless of any "official stance", I feel that the most important point to keep in mind when faced with these posts is given in Shog9's linked answer The important thing to remember here is that ...
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Answering "is my approach correct" with a different proof

Your first example is structured like this: [mathematical statement] Is this statement true or false and why? [attempt at proof] Is this way of looking at it right or not? It is entirely fair to ...
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Does it make sense to flag a question as duplicate if it already has an answer?

Yes. It does. It helps to sort the site, it helps to point people to more answers, and it helps to signal that perhaps one should search the site before posting a question.
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My flag was considered disputed, but the post still got put on hold. What did I do wrong?

First note, this is an automatic reply. No human treated this flag directly. The issue is that the initial review got 3 looks okay and 2 close, thus the "low quality" of the post was disputed. The ...
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A post I flagged was declined but then closed for the same reason of the flag

When you flagged the question for closure it was placed in the close votes queue. Here it received three reviews, and each of these users opted to leave the question open. It is because of this that ...
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How should one handle posts offering money?

Deleting a paragraph of the post is the preferred behavior if the paragraph has nothing to do with mathematics, as is the case if it offers money. It's fairly common to remove paragraphs which contain ...
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Why am I able to flag my own questions?

If your question has an upvoted answer it cannot be self-deleted anymore. That's one reason why it can make sense to self-close rather than to self-delete. Another reason is that some duplicates are ...
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If not flagging, how to dispute incorrect answers?

In general, you can do the following: Downvote the answer If not already present, leave a comment indicating why the answer is incorrect (possibly with ways to improve it) If possible, post another ...
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How to cleanup unnecessary comments after clarifying question?

When the comment exchange is fresh, you can leave a comment along the lines of @friendlyUser Thanks for helping me to clarify the question. Since these comments are now obsolete, removing them ...
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Flag declined on popular yet broad question—why?

If a flag is declined without any explanation, that always means it was declined from the review queue. A flag put a post in the close-vote or low-quality review queue, and all(1) reviewers decided ...
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