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New user posts 8 answers, all likely AI-generated, in the span of 82 minutes; I think we either need or are close to needing an official policy

It seems like the current approach is a combination of "posting them violates OpenAI's terms of service" and "handle them like other low quality answers". I think we need a new ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
quid's user avatar
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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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Comments that suggest reposting to an ill-suited SE site: to flag or not to flag?

Yes, it is reasonable to flag such comments. Inappropriate suggestions to migrate a question to/re-ask a question on some other site can be a serious bother. You should ask inhabitants of Programmers ...
Daniel Fischer's user avatar
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How avoid aged away flags?

Not all types of flags can "age away". According to Meta Stack Exchange these are the only types: Spam and rude/abusive flags on posts age away after 2 days. Rude/abusive flags on comments age away ...
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Another failed review audit for low quality posts

No, you did right. That's not an answer in any way, and voting to delete it is the correct action. The poor audit system was misled by the post having a score of +5. Since it doesn't know any ...
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Should answering that someone's attempt is correct be posted as a comment?

As detailed elsewhere (see How to answer proof-verification questions?) I do not consider it as best practice to post only "this is correct" as an answer. Usually, something more can be said to make ...
quid's user avatar
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Suspensions for low-quality contributions

There are no automatic account suspension. Each suspension is instated by a moderator or SE staff, who fixes the length. There are some basic guidelines but ultimately it is up to the moderator ...
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What's going on with my flag?

"I was certain from the very beginning that my vote is a waste of time, since one needs some knowledge and willingness to perceive why that question is a duplicate, ..." I'm willing to grant that ...
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Flag helpful, but post still completely visible?

My bad. I had just closed the question and did not go directly for deletion. But with respect to the general aspect of the meta post, a flag can actually be marked helpful yet no visible and/or ...
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Questions deleted right after receiving an answer: where to flag the users?

The OP (msm) got access to the deleted Question URLs through viewing ones own "deleted recent answers" (linked below each page of ones own Answers) despite having less than 10K reputation, but the ...
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How do "rude or abusive" flags age away?

As explained by Martin such flags age away after 2 and 4 days for posts and comments, respectively. "Rude or abusive" and "spam" are not flags that are intended to always (or even usually) involve a ...
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What's the difference between duplicate flag and close duplicate flag?

The only difference is that flagging directly as a duplicate takes one less click than flagging to close as a duplicate. This can be inferred from the dialog you see after flagging as a duplicate: ...
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User repeatedly asking then deleting a question

In general, flag such occurrences. Deleting and re-asking the same question is an abuse of the site. We send a message to users doing that, and occasionally, if the message doesn't help, suspend them. ...
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What might be the reason for this flag to be marked as disputed?

Here is a very literal answer to the question: most flags that aren't explicitly for moderator attention are dealt with in the review queues by users of the site who have access to those queues. That ...
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Rule for getting banned from flagging

The criteria for flag-bans are listed here. The short summary is Only post flags are considered, not comment flags. Flag bans last between one day and one week, they are now never permanent (as they ...
Daniel Fischer's user avatar

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