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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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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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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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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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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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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 closed" (when applicable). These flags will push the post into the review queues where they can be reviewed by users and acted upon. You, in this case, used a ...


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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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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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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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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 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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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 think it is unfortunate for the mod team to have different view points. For example, some of us prefer to be more active, other prefer to be more laid back and ...


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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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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 some even then, they'll flag it as spam. Like, that's a non-sense/worthless post, spam-flagged. This should not be done as spam-flags should only be use for ...


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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 when the post clearly means nothing, you shouldn't be wasting too much thought trying to decipher it; flag it and move on with your life. That is, don't ...


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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 answer that question with a different proof. This OP doesn't know whether the statement is true or false. Proving it false is an answer to the question. The ...


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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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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 ensuing close review then led to the closure. But this does not affect the status of the flag retroactively. (Maybe it should.) Generally you might flag this ...


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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 your flag was marked as declined. As for the eventual closure of the question, three of the close votes happened before your flag, and two after the review had ...


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