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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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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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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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You flagged a comment to the answer with the following reason: There seems to be a problem with a bounty. After inspecting the situation, there was actually nothing wrong. The asker didn't manually assign a bounty, and the criteria for automatically awarding the bounty wasn't satisfied by the lone answer. In short, the system worked as designed. I did ...


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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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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 the other way. In this case, all three reviewers voted to leave the question open, and thus your flag was automatically declined. Nobody ever had the chance to ...


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There is a contact us link at the bottom of every page that will allow you to contact SE directly. Moderators do not have access to messages sent this way, although SE staff may reveal certain details if/when they follow up with us. I have doubts that they will involve themselves too much in the moderation of comments, but I have been wrong before. On the ...


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No, if the paper is indeed relevant to the question at hand, this is an appropriate post and should not be flagged as spam. According to the site rules, it is actually okay to mention your own products in your answers, as long as you disclose your affiliation. In the example you mention, the poster explicitly states that they are the author of the paper in ...


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Downvotes and upvotes are not solely used to judge the correctness of an answer. Indeed, the tooltips for these arrows say This answer is useful and This answer is not useful respectively (emphasis mine). That different users could judge the same answer to be of different utility is actually not surprising. It is certainly not something that requires ...


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As the one who disputed the flags by clearing them, I can shed some further light on it. Normally, in such cases, a "spam" flag among five correct "offensive" flags would not lead me to clear the "spam" and "offensive" flags - we cannot treat spam and offensive flags separately after a post has been deleted by getting six spam/offensive flags, we can clear ...


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The problem was a green moderator. I saw the flag listed as "Moderator Message" and thought that only the moderators would see that flag. Now I have been informed that all non-custom flags are listed as "Moderator Message". Doh! Sorry.


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The definition of spam as should be adhered to in the flags is: A post should be marked as spam ONLY when it contains an unsolicited advertisement. Jeff Atwood also spoke rather directly about this: And by "spam" I mean it in the strict traditional internet definition not as shorthand for "I don't like this post." Linking to several previous ...


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It is not clear to me what your question is. At any rate, the team of moderators is comprised of various people from very different parts of the world with different views on how moderation is to be carried out. In particular, we do not have an agreement on deletion. In particular, some moderators avoid deleting answers even if they are completely wrong, and ...


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In addition to Pedro's answer, I would like to point out that moderators should be very circumspect with their delete votes. This is because, unlike deletions by regular users, when a moderator deletes a post that post is automatically locked, meaning that no further changes can be made to it until undeleted, which can only be done by a moderator. (...


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In general, the ♦-moderators do not moderate the mathematical content of the site. We're not here to ensure users employ the correct mathematical definitions, notations, or conventions. We're not even here to ensure that the answers provided are correct. Regarding the specific flag you mention raised on this answer: it was declined, by myself, on Jan 23rd, ...


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"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 Readers are lucky to have knowledgeable and willing experts such as yourself on this topic to spot the connection that is hidden to most of us. But would it not ...


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Flag decisions are not reversable. Once a flag has been been marked helpful/disputed/declined, it's a done deal. An old feature-request to allow moderators to reverse flag decisions has been marked status-declined. I don't think there is any reason to expect a change in SE's stance on this, especially as the effects of having many declined flags is only, at ...


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The important part is that the solution makes effort to address the question that was asked. A wrong yet relevant solution is still an answer, it's just a wrong answer. Help others to notice the incorrectness of the answer with votes and comments. Mistakes are not always anathema, they can be useful. "Good mistakes" with explanations about the error can ...


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There are two ways a moderator can act on a "rude or abusive" flag that they disagree with: explicitly decline the flag, and clear the flag from the post. They both have the effect of removing all "rude or abusive" flags from the post, and undoing the automatic downvote associated with each. But while former obviously declines the flag, the latter only ...


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I think flagging answers as "not an answer" should be exclusively to report one of Answers to comments / comments to answers Answers which are "bad" versions of existing answers, i.e. where it is obvious that the answer wasn't posted to enhance other (existing) answers but just for the sake of posting an answer (whatever the authors incentive may be) Wrong ...


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Regarding the "Later edit": often times flags are collected into groups and clearing one will clear them all, and for the same reason. In this case, I was clearing another flag and yours got cleared at the same time. However, linking to someone's profile and calling them a freak is not good practice.


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The flag was not declined by a moderator, three reviewers in the close vote queue unanimously voted to leave the question open. If the reviewers unanimously vote to leave open, that declines a close-flag without moderator intervention.


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In this answer, it is mentioned that if several flags with differing reasons are made on a post and one of them is disputed, they can all get marked disputed (this is a known bug). There was a flag on that post as spam, which technically, it is not. Therefore, my guess is that someone disputed that flag and all got marked as disputed. However, when the ...


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Almost all homework problems are "too localized" in the sense that the solution to that specific problem will not help anybody else, but of course the concepts or techniques behind the solution to such a problem can be helpful to others, and so such problems are (and always have been) perfectly welcome here. Your comment above mentions that you also ...


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"There is a problem with this post" is not exactly a clear statement, why didn't you spell out the problem in the flag? Flags that don't actually mention what the problem is are likely to get declined if the moderators don't see anything wrong with the post. This specific case is nothing that should be flagged, the user simply didn't choose a post for the ...


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I, too, am amazed by obvious problems that get "disputed" when flagged. Since the moderators are of good faith, though, we must admit that sometimes they are overwhelmed by the sheer number of flags raised by the community, so some of these flags simply don't get the necesary attention. In this very specific example, though, I believe that one moderator ...


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The question has three answers which are currently deleted. Two by established users who deleted their own answers, and a third answer which was deleted from the review queue. When someone flags something as low quality, or not an answer (possibly someone else, not you) it goes into the review queue and not the moderators, and users can vote to delete or ...


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According to this answer by Shog9 on the Stack Overflow meta, the "very low quality" flag is available only within the first seven days of a posts lifetime. The rationale is that serious problems, which the VLQ flag is for, are typically quickly detected and handled (by deletion or sometimes editing). If a post survives much longer, the problems probably ...


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The system deleted the post because that user was removed. I didn't look to see why the user was removed --- he or she might have requested deletion, or perhaps not. When the post was deleted, your flag was marked as helpful.


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If you are interested in text of the comment, you could try Google Cache, Wayback Machine or check whether it still exists in Data Explorer. (The data are only updated once a week.) Both in Google Cache and the last version archived in Wayback Machine I only see these two comments: Poem in English = Differential Equation. Interpretation in English = ...


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