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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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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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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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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No need to be afraid of flagging

I very often use tools such as "new posts by new users" or "new answers to old questions" in order to quickly hunt down problematic posts, e.g. "I also have this problem" answers. Sometimes, though, ...
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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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Why we should make a flag reason for closing modded Minecraft tech support questions

TL;DR We need a better flag reason for questions about tech support for modded Minecraft. Yes, yes, I know, we have discussed this 4 years ago, but so far the only changes in hope of solving this ...
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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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Can we have hints for [image]s and [video]s in the Flagged Posts tool?

So I'm reviewing flags, and I see this: It looks like mild lunacy, and I'd probably flag as low quality and move on. However, looking at the actual answer shows that it's not quite as mad as it ...
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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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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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Answers that don't answer the question

I know it's rather rare but sometimes answers are posted that don't answer the question that's being asked. What exactly should be done with these answers? I mean technically they are answers since ...
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Why is a copy-paste of a Penny Arcade comic a legitimate answer to a question?

There's a pretty straightforward question about whether every item in Skyrim has a use: Can every item in Skyrim be used for something? I find a lot of objects like ruined books, embalming tools, etc....
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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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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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Answer has been edited after being flagged

Someone answered one of my old questions in a way I found very offensive and not helpful at all, and I flagged it appropriately. Well , nope you can't switch your crew unless you finish your heist ...
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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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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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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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Declined custom mod flag on a first post/late answer review item

I recently hit 500 reputation which opened up the Late Answers and First Posts review queues to me. I took a look through the available items and was presented with this first answer to review. To be ...
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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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Off-Topic flag options are incomplete [duplicate]

I cannot flag questions as off topic if they do not relate to: Piracy Game development Speculations about games Game recommendations I am pretty much in the dark on how to flag a question like "how ...
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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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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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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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Conflicting flag messages around duplicate answers, how to proceed?

I'm sure most (if not all) users of the last week or so has seen this question: Clothing store access in Pokémon X & Y. If not, here's the history: There was an initial issue with the amount ...
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Is deleting a post you flagged abusing the system?

I noticed that when I find an answer that qualifies for a NAA flag, or some other flag which would make the answer eligible for deletion, I can both flag the answer and vote to delete it. If the ...
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Why are my 'Invalid Flag' flags not considered 'helpful?'

So, occasionally, when I look through /tools, I see a perfectly useful answer that has been flagged as Not An Answer, or which has a Very Low Quality Score. Typically, I will make use of the special /...
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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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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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2k+ flags… 51 useful?

Is something going wrong here? Maybe 51 of my flags were not useful?
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How to handle automatic low quality flags?

As a 10k user, what are you supposed to do with automatic, Community-cast low quality flags? I'm mostly wondering about posts that, in my opinion, don't warrant further flags. Should I try and give ...
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Could the Low Quality review queue detect previous actions on a post?

I almost always have Arqade open on a tab watching for new questions to pop up while doing other things. When they do, I look at them, and sometimes I will flag them if needed. The problem is that ...
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How do we handle harmful answers?

Every now and then I stumble upon an answer that is more or less harmful when followed. I'm talking about these "What's the shortcut for quicksaving?" -> "Alt+F4" answers (well obviously in a bigger ...
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flag without review

I created a flag a while ago (28-mar) and it still not reviewed. But the flagged post doesn't exist anymore. Could someone check this for me? I can't open a flag to this problem =X So I'm posting it ...
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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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Only able to use flag “Other”

I just tried to flag a post, and the only option I had was "Other". I can see the full set of options when flagging other posts (and I refreshed the page to check it hadn't loaded incorrectly), so ...
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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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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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Why can't I flag as “not an answer” even though I've never raised this flag?

This is either a bug or an unknown feature I'm unaware of but when I try to flag an answer, the "not an answer" option is grayed out and a message saying "you have already raised this type of flag", ...
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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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Unable to flag upvoted comments

Once you have upvoted a comment, it is no longer possible to flag it. If you have upvoted a comment in the past, it's likely not going to be "spam" or "offensive", however, you may later want to mark ...
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Tooltip for flagging messages is wrong

Not that I was actually going to flag it...but: Note: My mouse was over "flag as spam/offensive". I don't think that's the same as "click to star".
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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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How can I undo a flag?

Today I wanted to flag a question which seemed off-topic while using the Android application, however, my finger slipped and I accidentally hit "Off topic > Game Engine/Development". Also, I noted ...
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Difference between 'flag' and 'close'

For some reason I only just now noticed that I can choose to either flag a question for moderation, or opt to close it. Is the second option really just a shortcut (of one mouse-click less) to that ...
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Policy on flagging comments

I've seen a good bit of chatter about flagging comments more and more as part of the effort for some user to get the Deputy badge before the Community user. It was suggested that flagging comments was ...
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Why was my “not an answer” flag rejected?

I recently flagged this post as not an answer to the question. The flag was declined with the message stating there was no evidence that supported it. The question is specially for pokemon-x-y ...
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Proper Flag for Modded Minecraft Questions [duplicate]

I'm curious as to the correct flag that needs to be raised on Minecraft mod questions. I understand that questions on the usage of mods (ex. How does thing 'x' work in mod 'y') are okay, but questions ...