A few hours ago, I flagged this answer as “In need of moderator intervention”. What I should have done and what I want it to do was flag it as “not an answer”. Plus, I knew there was a chance this flag will get declined. And understandably it did.

So why did I do it?

This answer provides information to “speed up the process” of executing the other answers. To be clear, I consider the “tip” to be utterly superfluous. But still, at that moment, I thought that it should be a comment in an answer. So instead of flagging it as “not an answer” I flagged it as “In need of moderator intervention” with this side note.

This doesn't answer the question. It should be a comment in one of the already posted answers.

The only reason I did this, is because I had no other way of telling the moderator that this post should be converted in to a comment of an answer. I imagine it’s hard to see that through the review queue.

I remember reading a post by Jeff Schaller saying

The custom flag “in need of moderator intervention” should only be used when one of the other flag categories can’t be used.

so I was not surprised to see

declined - Using standard flags helps us prioritize problems and resolve them faster. Please familiarize yourself with the list of standard flags: see What is Flagging?

Question: What should I do when dealing with that kind of situations? What's the best way to inform the moderator of the rational behind the flag?

(Perhaps a side note functionality would come in handy, when dealing with situations like this.)

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I know that Jeff Schaller guy! :)

I happened to decline that flag, with the thinking "if it's not an Answer, flag it as such", so we're on the same page.

If you've cast a flag that you want to change or retract, you can retract your flag by clicking on the same 'flag' link again. If you then cast a "not an answer flag", it would go to the LQP queue, where user-moderators can choose what to do with it. If an elected moderator sees it before it's deleted, they could choose to convert the answer to a comment if they think there's enough value in it.

In this particular case, it seems to me that the OP is already aware of the ability to have nmcli list the connections with their UUIDS and names, so I would recommend deleting that answer altogether.

If you think something should really be a comment, consider leaving that comment yourself -- you could pick and choose the most valuable parts of the "answer" and use those as a comment; that answer could then be flagged appropriately. I would encourage you (and everyone) to consider whether your comment should be an edit to the post or not.

  • I had no idea, I could retract a flag. Good to know.
    – Rayleigh
    Commented Jul 12, 2020 at 20:59

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