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How to deal with spam

There is only one correct way of dealing with spam on SE, and that is to flag the post as spam, and only that (in particular, do not downvote it): Flagging a post in this manner doesn’t necessarily ...
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When flagging a question to be migrated, why are some Stack Exchange sites excluded?

Why are these not options to migrate to when you are flagging a post as off-topic? Stack Exchange sites are only allowed so many migration paths, and we have to demonstrate that we regularly have a ...
17 votes

How does flagging answers work?

The following are some guidelines for flagging on Unix & Linux. I have basically copied these verbatim from a post I had written for Ask Ubuntu's Meta when I was a mod there, but the same guidance ...
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Flood of off-topic flags, is this the norm here?

First of all, congratulations and welcome to the janitorial staff! Now, finding things you don't agree with in the review queues is quite normal. That's why they're reviewed, after all. If you don't ...
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Was my behavior correct in this situation?

First off, thank you for taking the discussion to Meta instead of in comments! This is the right place to hash out "meta" level discussions like this one. Second, sorry to hear about your ...
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flag comments that only beg for an answer as non-constructive

Yes, the flag was appropriate. The comment was indeed non-constructive and the flag was fine. There is no point in such comments and I think they are usually from people new to SE who consider that ...
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How to "communicate" with a moderator about declined spam flags?

Like Jeff Schaller when he wrote his comment above, I’m not a moderator... However to get in touch with a moderator, I think the best way is to @ one of them in the main chat room. terdon is usually ...
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Was my behavior correct in this situation?

Was I wrong in flagging it as not an answer? Or better, why was i wrong to flag it as not an answer? The "not an answer" flag is incorrect in this context. The answer is a direct response ...
7 votes

Unfriendly or unkind flag rejects stick even after flagged comments are deleted

You've raised several discussion points in your question, so I'll try to tackle the ones I noticed. I notice that my flags are rejected. This is astonishing, because by any reasonable interpretation ...
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Why was this "unclear what you're asking" flag declined?

When you raise an "Unclear what you're asking" flag, that will put the post into the Close Vote review queue. The flag will only be shown to moderators after a delay to give the community the chace to ...
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Who should I argue my case to if I think my question is not a duplicate?

I only see 1 question in your history that was marked as a duplicate. This is the one you're referring to? check if string represents valid path in BASH. This question was closed by a single user who ...
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NAA flag is declined

That one got flagged several times, and I don't really understand why, so maybe I'm the one missing it. The question was how to delete a file with special characters in it, and the answer was to move ...
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How to make flags more informative?

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 ...
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How to flag (or report) a user?

You can simply flag one the user's posts for moderator attention, chose "other (needs ♦ moderator attention)" and explain why you're flagging. We'll have a look You can also, as you have done, bring ...
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Should I flag a question/comment where the user has stated they are circumventing a block on SO?

I agree with everything you said, but I'm not sure what you'd be flagging the post for or what action you expect to be taken at this point. We mostly don't care about a user's status on other SE sites;...
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Can't suggest an edit or flag the missing image, because the post is locked

It is a feature. The point of locking a post is to keep it from being developed by the community (edits, answers, anything) until the author fixes whatever rules it violates. It sucks when there is ...
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SPAM & flag count not being reset

That's correct; the system does not let you reuse flags. Your consolation prize is that your flag was marked helpful, which counts towards increasing your future quota of flags. The Complete Rate-...
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SPAM & flag count not being reset

I'll post the primary sentiment of fra-san's reference (here). I think it's particularly important. All you need is a set of sockpuppets or voting ring with flagging privileges to make anything ...
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Answers that add information but don't solve the problem

Yes, Answers that don't answer the question should be flagged as "not an answer" (or spam/rude/etc as appropriate). They'll then go to a queue for further review. Users with higher-level ...
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How to "communicate" with a moderator about declined spam flags?

Is there any way to communicate with the moderator about this? As a recently-elected moderator, let me say that I appreciate your concern for keeping the site clean and in trying to understand the ...
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What to do about poor quality answers?

I would go and downvote the answer along with a comment, to educate the user. In addition to that, I would also flag the question as "Very Low Quality" if it is really that bad. This way community ...
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Delete link-only answers

Maybe it's wrong of me, but when I come across such link-only answers, I tend to go read the linked content, quote the relevant part(s) and change the link to [source](//link-here). If there's nothing ...

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