Questions tagged [flagging]

Flagging is a way of bringing inappropriate content to the attention of the community or moderators. Questions asking about flag reasons, when a post should be flagged, or other flag related questions should use this tag.

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On quality, answers, and the task of moderators

We have flags that we see a lot here, most often "Low Quality" and "Not An Answer". These work great and have been really helpful when you actually beat Community user and they're on posts like: ...
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Please, please, please, don't edit out spam links

So, a Wild User Appears. He posts several answers of dubious quality, all of which include a wildly unrelated commercial link. In other words, SPAM. Now, in each of these cases, well intentioned ...
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Flagging “answers” that answer a completely different question

I flagged this answer (10k only) about Minecraft on a question about Minicraft (I think I explicitly mentioned this in the type-in field, as well as in a comment on the post) and it was declined with ...
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Obsolete comment flag handling

We've got well over 5000 obsolete comments on Arqade. Since these cannot be handled using any of the user level tools, I have been flagging these so that they can be actioned by a moderator, however ...
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Am I using the 'very low quality' flag wrongly if the reason is because the answer is an exact duplicate of a previous one?

I have flagged a couple of answers that were duplicates of previous answers as 'very low quality' and the flags were deemed 'helpful' and the answers got deleted. However, some of the answers I ...
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Flag Off topic -> migration gives only the option gaming-meta [duplicate]

I just flagged this question this question as off topic. I tried to use the option "this question belongs to an other site of the stackexchange network. But the only option I got there is gaming-meta,...
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Please don't leave redundant comments on non-answers

I've been going through the flag queue a lot recently and it seems that we get lots of non-answers (comments, other questions, etc.). I see a lot of helpful comments on these posts talking about rep ...
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Duplicate answers and you

Over the past few months the moderator team has noticed an increase in the number of low-quality flags on answers which don’t add any new information over existing answers. This isn’t what the low-...
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Dealing with answers extending existing answers

I occasionally encounter a case where an additional answer only adds information to an existing answer, instead of providing the whole answer by itself, e.g.: Question: a question asking for a list ...
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What should Minecraft mods be flagged as?

So recently I have found a question about Minecraft crashing due to mods(which is off topic). But when I flag it and the post closes I don't see my name in the "who flagged it as off topic" list. Am I ...
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Should minor comments be flagged?

As per this discussion, our moderation team's current stance on flagging minor comments (such as "Thanks!" or "I've edited this now.") is as follows: Please don't bother flagging all comments that ...
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Should I flag an answer that isn't relevant for the question as “not an answer”?

I've flagged this post as "not an answer" and my flag was declined, but I'm not sure why. The given reason for declining was as follows: declined - flags should not be used to indicate technical ...
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Flag quantity refilling?

I just flagged, for the first time, a recent question as an advert. I noticed that, when I did, it said that I had 9 flags left. Could someone explain to me or point me to info about how flags work ...
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How to flag off-topic questions that are not game related

I think there should be a general option for flagging on the "off-topic" section. How to flag a question that is not game-related if not?
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Should we give a website recommendation for off-topic identification and recommendation questions?

We have some topics on Arqade that we do consider as off-topic. I will here talk about the four ones you can flag a question for: Questions about unreleased or illegal content. Questions about Game ...
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What's the site's policy on personal details in questions/answers/comments etc.?

Today, I flagged two different comments on two different questions because users had left their email addresses in them. (This and this question) So far as I am concerned, leaving your email address ...
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Not An Answer flag are not intended for low-quality answers

This has always been a problem, due in part to the Not An Answer (NAA) flag previously having some unclear wording, but Not an answer flags are not intended to be used on low-quality or wrong answers. ...
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Should we flag gibberish answers as spam?

I just had a "not an answer" flag declined, which hasn't happened in quite some time. It reads: declined - This is not "not an answer", this is SPAM. Flag as such. However, if I recall correctly, ...
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Are people flagging as NAA or VLQ when they really should be flagging as spam or offensive?

I've seen a troubling trend of bad answers remaining on the site far longer than they should. And by bad, I mean really bad. Stuff that not only isn't an answer, but also contains swear words, ...
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Flag reason for closing as offtopic because of modded Minecraft tech support

Crashes etc. of modded Minecraft are off-topic here. But what is the appropriate flag? The content is not unreleased or illegal. It's not about game design/development. It's not asking to identify or ...
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Why was this mod flag denied?

So the question is: How to get Derkeethus out of the cave? and I flagged the answer by E.N (currently the one at the bottom) as 'not an answer' because I can't see how it answers the question being ...
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Why was this offensive flag declined?

I flagged this question (deleted now so only 10k+ can see it). When it was first posted, it had a link to a porn site, so I flagged it. It was then edited out by the user later. So was the flag ...
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2k+ flags… 51 useful?

Is something going wrong here? Maybe 51 of my flags were not useful?
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Does length of answer necessarily denote low quality?

I'm almost certain I'm missing this when I'm searching meta. But, I can't quite find the answer, so I'm posting my question. I've seen a lot of "Low Quality" tags on answers that are short. ...
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What to do about declined flags I still believe are correct?

Am I supposed to ask about each of them here? Is there another way to do it? Should I just not bother with them?
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When should a highly-downvoted answer be flagged as “very low quality”?

If an answer is heavily downvoted by the community for inaccurate content, obsolescence, or some other indicator of low quality, is there a threshold it should meet before being flagged for review? Or ...
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I got more flags/day. Is that because of the Marshal badge?

I just flagged my first answer after I got the Marshal badge, and I noticed that I have 62 flags remaining. This number is higher then I got previously, iirc. Is this because I got the Marshal badge ...
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Why is my flag still disputed?

While reviewing my flagging history, I noticed that I had one disputed flag. AFAIK, that means that someone without privileges to actually dismiss it said they thought I was wrong. I flagged this ...
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Why was this flag rejected?

I flagged this answer as "Not an answer", and it was simply "declined - a moderator reviewed your flag, but found no evidence to support it". Is it a mistake or am I missing something?
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Why was this flag declined?

I flagged this answer because it was inaccurate and provided incorrect information, but my flag was rejected. Here's a screenshot. I'm not sure why the flag was declined, as I was indicating the ...