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If an answer doesn't answer the question being asked currently, then it's not an answer. For example: Q: Why is the sky blue? A: Rainbows are colorful because of refraction. This is "Not an answer", because it doesn't address the current question. It may be tangentially related to the question, but it still doesn't matter. Just because it could be a ...


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[the block decline of flags at the end yesterday] was indeed to send the message of not to take this sort of "shotgun" approach to flagging. I'm sorry that this essentially boils down to some sort of miscommunication since not only did I have the above line, minus the bold, but very much there and explicitly saying what not to do, but I also ...


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Flagging that comment was the right call. Beyond that - I would generally discourage any further actions - including leaving comments in reply. Comments are meant for requesting clarifications or constructive criticism aimed at improving the post in question - starting side conversations about someone's tone/rudeness just adds to the noise, and can actually ...


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One thing to note is that the system automatically flags certain posts as low quality. This checks things like spelling, grammar, and also post length - tiny posts tend to get flagged as such. But that's the thing - a flag is just a flag. It's a sign that says "Hey, something might be up here." And that's why we have a review queue - it's both to get people ...


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Sorry, this was my bad. One thing that the queue of pending flags doesn't show me, as a mod, is that the answer you'd flagged as offensive had been edited since the flag was cast. So to me, it looked like a bad answer, that maybe would have justified a VLQ flag (I'd've probably marked it helpful with no action taken, if I'm being honest), having an Offensive ...


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By our technical definition, yes, you are a spammer. You've answered three questions promoting your tool. One of them is even a self answer. Looking at it in a more positive light...I think there's something there that can be helpful. Just not in their current form. Let's break it down: You posted three answers in a very short time frame promoting your ...


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I think you're mixing two concepts here. On the one hand, there is a bad answer, which attempts to answer the question and is either wrong or lacking in information. Such an answer deserves a downvote. On the other hand, there is a non-answer, where the post doesn't even attempt to address the question at hand. These should not continue to exist on the site ...


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Obsolete flags can only be handled by moderators. When you create work for the moderation team, you enter into a working relationship with them. You can decide to stop flagging at any time, they can't decide to stop handling your flags at any time. If your flags are detracting from the time that they feel they should be spending on issues that are more ...


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Answers that are intentionally misleading and harmful should simply be removed, flagging them as abusive would be justified in my opinion. This would apply to answers like "try rm -rf /" and similar ones. Answers that are more dangerous than they appear, but likely well-intentioned should be edited. In minor cases, commenting is enough.


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All of these flags below are for comments that say things like "thanks", or "this worked for me", or "you should edit X into your answer/question" followed by a "I have edited X into my answer/question", all the sort of stuff that doesn't need to exist. I agree, all of these comments should be nuked, preferably from orbit. I find it unfortunate that there's ...


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There isn't a "wrong answer" flag for a reason. As the response says, "flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer". If you see an answer you believe is inaccurate or incorrect, there are plenty of things you can do. You can downvote it, you can comment on it to explain to the answerer and viewers that you ...


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What gives is that you're flooding a moderation team that's been struggling with keeping up with ~2,300 flags/quarter, as I disclosed yesterday before all of this started. You are fully aware that: We are struggling with keeping up with load, which is the whole point of the current elections for three slots Comments are not a priority, and you're ...


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Actually, I find this to be basically the most useful option. Downvotes mean that something isn't useful, or basically that it's wrong or the idea doesn't work, even though the answerer thought it would. Not an Answer flags are for when something doesn't answer the question, like someone just making a joke, saying "Me too!", or someone giving general advice ...


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It was declined because, as the red text states, flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies or a wrong answer. That's what downvotes and comments are for.


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Yes, you should flag things that are tangential and don't address the actual question as not an answer. Moderators are, unfortunately, not infallible. I've corrected the error in this case.


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Let's ignore the amount of flags in question - bulk flagging is bothersome and that bother is certainly indicative of how things went by in the other discussion but it's also tangential - the actual reasoning that the mods went with, and that I agreed with, is about the comments themselves. If you see a comment like that which is completely worthless and ...


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As per the FAQ (which has already been quoted) and this discussion over here (which you might want to participate in if you disagree with the current state of affairs), I tend to delete these if they are dupes and flagged as very low quality. "Very low quality" -> "dupe answer that needs deletion" isn't exactly an obvious step, so it's possible that other ...


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The usual reaction to that kind of first post is account destruction. Even now I'd say that this is still the correct action, the user obviously isn't participating in good faith. The answer is also redundant, it doesn't add anything that hasn't been said in the existing answers. So I don't see any reason to keep it, given the content of the first revision. ...


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We won't need an extra flag option for these questions and no you've done nothing wrong by flagging the question. If you see a post that doesn't belong here but you don't have enough reputation to cast a close vote, just flag it. If it falls under one of the predefined off-topic categories you'll be able to select these if you click on "This question ...


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Comments are, really, the least important things on the site. Flags on comments are left up to moderator discretion. We try not to be the Fun Police, so if you're having a short, civil conversation in comments, even if it's only tangentially related to the post, we're not going to delete it. Still, comments aren't the place for extended conversations, or ...


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Yes, it was a subtly hidden link which is probably why it didn't get caught. You did the right thing, but sometimes mods get things wrong.


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"Not an answer" is for posts that aren't even attempting to answer the question. This is an answer. It's just a wrong one. A downvote is more appropriate.


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I think you have a point in general, but your specific example is pretty poor. The first comment is a manually, nicely written comment specific to the situation, which is ideal. The second is a much simpler comment cutting straight to the issue. Sort of a TLDR for the first. Maybe not necessary, but certainly doesn't hurt to rephrase things. In fact, ...


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I'd suggest not flagging it at all. Downvote and move on. Yes, the answer isn't great, but a decent edit could make it passable, Sure. It could. But mod flags shouldn't be used to say "this needs an edit", because anyone can edit a post. If you feel an edit could save it, either suggest the edit yourself, or downvote the answer to indicate that an answer ...


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"Total number of raised flags marked useful" is the hover text for the entire line, not the (51).


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That question only has one new answer in any recent sense and one deleted answer. The point of protection is to keep questions that have already gotten a bunch of "me too" or non-answers - it is intended to be reactive to a problem rather than proactive, as it eliminates the possibility of a new user being able to come in and post an awesome answer. In ...


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While @Wipqozn offers a correct solution for voting to close, people with under 3k rep cannot vote to close or flag as off topic with custom reasons. Thus, in my opinion, they should just flag as blatantly off topic. Anyone reviewing it will figure out that it is modded Minecraft and VTC with a custom reason.


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The problem with this suggestion is... we've hit our cap on custom off-topic close reasons; we can't have more than 4. If we wanted to fit in modded Minecraft crashes, we'd either have to merge two close reasons together, making the wording awkward or confusing, or add Minecraft questions to one of the existing close reasons, which has the same issues. When ...


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Let me preface all this by pointing out none of these questions have actually been closed. Questions get random close votes all the time, sometimes for seemingly no reason. It's honestly not something to get concerned over unless those questions are actually closed incorrectly. Although you're certainly always welcome to leave a comment explaining why you ...


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