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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 need to migrate somewhere before they'll add one. See What is the reasoning behind restricting the number of migration paths?. Can moderators or us as a ...


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...oops. So, last week Community went a little insane and started flagging perfectly fine posts, a lot. It's fixed now, but it took a few days. I got tired of just rejecting all the flags as invalid, so for a while I rejected with reasons like: That got boring, so then I started rejecting with lines from The Big Lebowski, on the assumption that nobody would ...


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Sometimes a question basically asks, "I think there is a command that does X, but I don't remember which one. Which is it?" In that case, an answer consisting of the command is a full answer to the question. Maybe it could be improved by a usage example, common flags, etc., but the answer is still fine. A comment (suggesting how the author can make the ...


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I don't think you should flag those - moderators don't have a "convert comment to answer" feature, so they can't act on your flag directly. What you can do though is: Ask the person who answered in comments to make a proper answer – this is more likely to work for recent comments from active users obviously. Post the answer yourself if the above hasn'...


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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 agree that a question should be closed (by the way, those are close votes, not flags), then vote to leave it open and move on. That's how it works. As for your ...


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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 the same as posting "bump" in a forum. So yes, flagging them is the appropriate reaction.


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People can read man pages. Sometimes all you need is to be pointed to the right command and see an example, and then you can read up on the command and learn what you need. That's at least helpful and no way should it be downvoted or deleted. It's more helpful of course if people provide more guidance, but most people aren't going to do better than a man ...


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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 quite responsive there, which means he gets to deal with this kind of stuff ;-). As far as spam goes, I think the practice here is to allow answers which “...


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Not really, since we can't do anything about it. The best thing to do is probably to reply to the comment asking the user to post an answer, or (if they haven't been around for a while) just repost the comment as an answer yourself. Posting answers as comments is particularly common here versus other Stack Exchange sites; I'm not quite sure why


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To give some more background, this is the text I got to review: Is udev running in your server? This and only this version of the post by Alvaro is of interest. Because the discussion was about whether I should have flagged this or not. This was in the Low Quality Post queue (at the bottom of the list). I flagged it at 14:34. The above text has to be ...


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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 vote. Additionally, mods will often leave those flags to the community since it's something that the community can do. In this case, the post was reviewed by ...


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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 has a gold badge for questions that have been tagged as shell-script. Generally it's the case that it takes 5 votes from user's to close a question as a ...


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I don't understand the problem here. An answer is something that offers a solution to the problem, explaining how that solution can be implemented. Even in its latest incarnation, the answer in question does not do so: Is udev working properly on your server? Clearly not an answer but a request for more information. udev is the device mapper in charge ...


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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 it into an empty directory and delete the directory. That would work as far as I can tell, although Kusalananda raised a good point in the comments that you'd ...


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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 of "unfriendly or unkind", they were... completely off-topic and disrespectful with no relevance to the question or answer. Now I see the two comments ...


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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 ...


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Those comments come from reviewing: Flagging them is fine. I generally add a post notice: And give the author (or somebody) a few days to fix it. If it stays unedited I delete it.


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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 it to meta. If you do, try to avoid naming specific users unless it's an extreme case like this one. As for the user, they didn't post anything else in the ...


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It changed. See: Notify users of possible reviews on toolbar and Let's get rid of the 10K flag queue . There is no more flag tab in the 10k tools. Certain flagged posts (Not an answer among them) will be funneled into the VLQ review queue and handling them there will resolve the flags.


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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; as long as the post is valid here we'll take it. On the other hand, as you said that post clearly belongs on SO since it requires knowledge of Python. Given ...


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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 something uncontroversially wrong (grammar, spelling, broken link, etc), but the pros outweigh the cons.


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As the comment explains, these A's can become useless if the link becomes broken so they should be flagged for deletion, or at the very least, a comment should be left to the user letting them know that they should put the relevant info into their A. So I typically flag these as such and leave this comment. As to your Q about the comments, most of us use a ...


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If an answer contains no information whatsoever and only says “you can find an answer at <link>”, then it should be deleted. As Shog9 puts it: If the link looks useful, it may be worth preserving as a comment on the question. In this case, use a custom flag and explain the situation. If the linked page doesn't seem to contain an answer to the question,...


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I see an option to say other flags are invalid when I access the reviews under the new colored links that show up in our toolbars at the top.   


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See this post on MSO for the first part. Yes, it's a bit confusing. The only possible "resolution" for an invalid-flags flag is disputed. And if the original flag gets declined with a reason, you get to see that too - sometimes. (i.e. you get to see what the moderator chose as a reason to decline the original flag.) I say sometimes because you won't see a ...


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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 moderation privileges can then cast votes for deletion. It's easier when the answer starts with "Not an answer per say [sic]" Sometimes such not-an-...


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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 knows about the questions poor state and with the flagging others, with responsability are being informed of it.


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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 rules/guidelines for it! I will echo what not-yet moderator Stephen said that the site's main chat room, currently named /dev/chat, is a decent place to catch one ...


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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 relevant, then I'll flag the answer appropriately.


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