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Flagging in general is a process in which a normal users requests the moderators to attend to a specific post. The flagging itself requires the user to have 15 points of reputation. Some of the flags appear in the Moderator Tools page which is accessible to users whose reputation is at least 10,000. Users can then review the flagged post and give their ...


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Asaf has already said something like this in the comments, but I want to highlight it as an answer: If a moderator does not want to intervene, then he or she shouldn't. Declining the flag is not the same thing as not intervening. It is itself an action based on a subjective decision, not made by the community. If the flag is left to stand without action ...


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Some quick thoughts. This answer clearly doesn't belong to this question. I am glad it was flagged, and if I had seen the flag I would have deleted the answer immediately. It is completely normal for a few users to flag much more often than the other users, in the same way that it is completely normal for a few users to post questions or answers much more ...


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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 feel about it, and move on. If the answer might look a bit mathematical to the unsuspecting eye, but contains mainly nonsense and junk, flag it as VLQ, leave a ...


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My bad. I completely misunderstood your flag. You wrote: User already posted an extension of this answer. And given Martin's comment (link viewable to 10K+) which began Please read more carefully. I have already remarked above that this map ... I mistakenly assumed that the word "user" in your flag refers to Martin. And the "extension" referred to ...


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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" instead. Once selected you will get a window in which you can enter explanatory text. When in doubt if a flag is clear without explanation and context, go ...


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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 the question to a different site on the SE network, but there are useful comments or answers that are worth preserving? Yes, you could potentially raise a flag ...


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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 one might consider migration. However, please keep the following in mind. A question that is migrated and then gets put on hold afterwards is something ...


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If the flagger believes that a comment is (mathematically) incorrect then I think that the appropriate course of action is to reply with a logical argument - not to request that the comment be censored. Consider an analogous historical example. If such censorship powers were granted to journal editors then many of the seminal papers on orders of infinity ...


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There's no written policy (until now, I guess), and each mod has his or her quirks (so the discussion below is guaranteed to apply only if the handling moderator is yours truly). While you asked about "not constructive", let me be more ambitious and answer in the greatest generality. Before saying anything else, let me first say this: Moderation on each ...


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I don't think so. If X sees a post which appears incorrect, then X should really leave a comment indicating this and explaining why. If a comment is not enough, then X should probably consider leaving an answer of her own. If I see a post flagged on those grounds and if I happen so see that the post is incorrect, then I might leave a comment indicating so,...


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Moderators are not referees nor editors of the site. I personally have never deleted an answer because of incorrectness, and I think this should in fact never happen. I imagine everyone agrees that mods should not unilaterally delete answers because they are wrong—why should they delete them when someone else tells them they are wrong? Suppose you flag an ...


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As the author of the post who likely initiated this one, I would like to chip in. Jonas is known for very well-written and thought-out posts. In my reply I will simply list thoughts that come to my mind, which aren't necessarily related to one another: (1) Privacy policy: It stands to assume that a privacy policy exists to avoid ugly he says-she says ...


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As Arthur Fischer said, I declined the flag because the post was already deleted. That is because: The post is already deleted, so the comment can no longer be seen by users with <10K reputation. In such a case, I prefer to keep questionable comments visible to make it easier for making future moderation decisions. Unfortunately there is no "do nothing ...


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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 suggested for moderator attention, and explain the problem and ideally provide a link to the suggested edit (which you can find under the "activity" tab of ...


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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. Comment flags are only reviewed by moderators. Don't worry about the volume. This type of flag is pretty easy to handle. If there are several such comments in a ...


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Disputed just means that one 10k+ user disagreed, nothing more. It does not matter how many other users or moderators agreed with your flag, if one user disputes it it will end up as disputed in the end. As you might guess I consider this mechanic to be completely useless, and I would caution you to avoid putting too much weight onto disputed flags. I ...


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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 you are flagging far too much, we'll let you know. You ask about bad questions/answers and flags. In many cases, the correct behaviour for bad questions/...


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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 should let nature take its own course. You can should flag for a moderator's attention, to bring the account into their attention and hope it will speed the ...


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To answer the question in the title: No, it's not in the moderator's job description to patrol for correctness. The correct action for a user who disagrees with the correctness of a comment would be for that user to post a follow-up comment.


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As a non-moderator, I agree that simply being wrong is not a reason for anyone (except the author) to delete an answer. Wrong answers should be downvoted (that is fundamentally what downvotes are for), and the wrongness possibly explained in a comment if the answer is not obviously wrong given what the other answers explain. The only kind of answers that ...


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Mods have the following canned response for such flags: flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer In general, you can leave a comment explaining why an answer is wrong, add another answer, downvote, or any combination of these. For this particular case, I disagree that the answer is wrong. I think it's a ...


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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 you literally asking me whether those tags are fine to be applied to this question? I don't know! And shouldn't this question be addressed to the user who ...


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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 said the post "Looks OK" compared to one "Recommend Deletion", your flag was disputed (see this answer for a bit of information about this recent change.). In ...


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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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Let me answer the question, since the reviewers of this queue who can do anything about the obsolete comments include only the moderators. (10 or 20K do not get the privilege to delete other people's comments.) I would prefer you either flag one or flag them all. Don't just flag three out of five or something like that. If I see one obsolete flag, I ...


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