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Questions tagged [flagging]

To ask about flags, how to flag, when to flag, how flags work, and explanation why flags are declined.

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Flag declined but answer got deleted?

I just got a message that one of my flags got declined. It was a spam flag for a post on an old question that had no purpose other than promoting an external service. The answer got deleted, but my ...
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A “not relevant” flag on a comment suggesting a question improvement where the improvement was rolled into the question was declined. Why?

First off, though my search-fu is strong, I haven't been able to discern if declined flag queries belong on child metas or the main meta. I'm trying here first. I just had a "not relevant" flag ...
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Unclear asking VS VLQ flag

I have recently flagged a question as "Very Low Quality". This flag has been declined, then the question has been put on hold as "Unclear what you're asking". The decline message said that I should ...
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Why my flag “the answer has nothing to do with the question” was rejected?

The question: "Is there a way to not select whitespace after a word when double-clicking? I flagged this answer with "the answer has nothing to do with the question". I think that is true. The OP ...
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Why was my “not an answer” flag rejected?

I've flagged this answer as not an answer and my flag was rejected. Why? I think that answer was posted as a joke, and it did not attempt to answer the question. Update for those who can't see ...
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A clarification request for declined spam flag

I flagged this post for obvious spam link inserted in the end when posted in Charcoal HQ. Check the first version here. After looking at the user's profile and the link in the end, I flagged it as ...
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What's wrong with my NAA flag, if the answer is now deleted?

How to force a specific software to use proxy? I flagged an answer as NAA, and my flag was declined: flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer ...
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Why my “too broad” flag was declined in this question?

How to better secure vagrant virtual machines and delete vagrant user This post asks 2 questions at the same time: Is there a better way to do this with a first-and-one-time vagrant up command? Is ...
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Why was my comment mod flag declined?

I recently mod-flagged a comment under a question: You haven't mentioned which version of Windows you are running. Have you got Sticky Keys enabled? Importantly, the OP commented immediately ...
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Which proper action should be taken to handle this suspicious post?

Recently I see through this question: How to paste text into input fields that block it? There is a late answer includes a link which it looks to be suspicious: From what I read in other site meta ...
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Should I handle rude fragments myself? or is it better to get moderator involved?

I flagged a question as rude because of Edit: whoever downvoted this question is a [rude part here]. Note: the question wasn't rude as a whole, only this one sentence was. One of the moderators ...
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Leaving a comment on non-answers

I have recently seen a non-answer in the First posts review queue that got me thinking: In addition to flagging as NAA, should I also leave the new user a comment, explaining that answer posts are ...
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Flagging a comment which links to a picture of the question

I've noticed a comment on a Question How to stop unicode glyphs displaying as "emoji" in MS Word 2016 Which states Note that those characters are still displayed as emoji on many platforms ...
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Question in close queue is marked as duplicate, but the duplicate is terrible!

Recently I was looking through the close votes review queue when I came across this question, and it was flagged as a duplicate of this question. These two questions really are exact duplicates of ...
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Flag was declined but the question was deleted all the same

I flagged this question about DD-WRT SysLog timestamps for moderation intervention as a cross-posted question. But the flag was declined by a moderator. Then the question was deleted "for reasons of ...
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What to do with same answers to different questions by the same user?

Not sure if this has already been discussed here, so here it goes. Often, when reviewing the Late Answers queue, I run into some answers that seem to be posted many times by the same user I ...
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What should happen to a question which the OP realised was not necessary?

I came across this question today, where the OP quickly realised their mistake and stated so in the comments, however they haven't deleted the question and no other action has been taken on it (...
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Edit Recommendations

While clearing up some obsolete tags I recently flagged an answer as "Not An Answer". The answer is a link only answer posted by the asker. The flag was declined with the following message: ...
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Very low quality flag rejected for link only answer

Recently (Yesterday) my 2 Very Low-Quality flags were rejected for 2 answers This answer which I flagged as Very Low Quality was a link only answer. Are link only answers accepted here on SuperUser? ...
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NAA flag declined, but the answer was edited significantly between my flag and the handling

I flagged this answer as not an answer at 18:55 UTC. If you look at the current state of the answer, you would think it makes perfect sense that the flag was declined: declined - flags should not ...
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Was this “roll-back edit” flag declined correctly?

My attention to this question was captured by the fact that answers do not match the question at all. Turned out that it was completely rewritten by the latest edit with following comment: Re-wrote ...
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Are flags raised for custom reasons handled differently?

So, the good old flag screen: On more than one occasion, I've flagged something that would logically fit under "should be closed (usually for 'not an answer')" using the "in need of moderator ...
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What should I have done with this spammy answer?

I flagged this answer (now deleted, so I can't repost its whole text) as spam. I was later greeted by this message in my flagging history: declined - a moderator reviewed your flag, but found no ...
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What flag to use for questions related to 'Hackintosh(s)'

This question was recently asked: https://superuser.com/q/1016904/465600 This is a question really to do with the Hackintosh community but I am not sure what to flag it as. Hackintosh doesn't ...
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I am getting a “You are currently banned from flagging…” message but no clear end for this ban is given

Title says it all. I went to flag something as SPAM on the main Super User site recently and got a message (see screenshot below) that states, “You are currently banned from flagging…” Okay, fair ...
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Was this flag declined correctly?

I flagged this post as Very Low Quality. The flag was declined. Was this flag declined correctly? UPDATE: I changed the flag based on the helpful feedback by moderator Mokubai. In the interest of ...
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*One* answer gets incomplete “flag” menu — cannot flag as VLQ

I was going to flag this answer as “not an answer” (it’s little more than a bunch of links) when I noticed that the “flagging” dialog box didn’t include the “very low quality” option:                ...
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Do we flag answers which offer nothing new [duplicate]

I know we can mark duplicate posts but, what if the answer is a duplicate because it's a combination of different answers (all from the answers on the same post)? Are we still to flag it?
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Should I flag questions as off-topic if they are already upvoted and answered?

I've just now found this question: Note taking softwares with fast searching?, which is already upvoted and answered. For me it's off topic as looking for software recommendation, should I flag it, or ...
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How to Report Cyclic Flagging?

This question is flagged as a duplicate of this question. However, that 2nd question is also flagged as a duplicate of the first. How do I bring this to the proper individuals' attention?
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Moderator Flag Etiquette?

I often come across "bad" answers ("not an answer" or LQ answer), that already have a canned comment. Those comments typically come from: The LQP review queue, where you can select a canned ...
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Should a very old question asking for software recomendations be flagged?

The question mentioned is five years old, has no votes, and has three answers. Does its age preclude it from being flagged as a software-rec, or should it still be flagged?
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Is all spam also rude or abusive?

I flagged a question as Spam. When I clicked on the Flag link again this is what it showed me: I raised only the Spam flag, so is all spam automatically considered rude or abusive too? What is the ...
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Post was edited after I flagged for review

Yesterday, I came across an "answer" that was not an answer, so I flagged it as such. Shortly after, it was edited into an actual answer. The flag was declined with the reason "a moderator reviewed ...
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Old “link-only answers” by a former moderator

When I report answers (new or old) that point to a link instead of answering the question on Super User, they get deleted or edited to reflect our policies. However, I've tried to report this answer, ...
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Flag obsolete question for closing

Yesterday, I posted https://superuser.com/questions/836446/why-is-flash-player-trying-to-load-flex-framework-rsls-swz-files-from-my-serve/836750#836750, and today I found that the problem was due to a ...
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How to determine priority for duplicate questions [duplicate]

Recently while reviewing close votes, I've come across retrograde duplicate flags. That is, the older of the two questions was the one being closed. Is this kosher? Does original post date determine ...
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How to mark good comments that are left as answers by new users

While reviewing, I feel like I come across some great comments that users leave as answers due to there lack of privilege. Is it better to: Flag it as "not an answer" Mark it for moderator review, ...
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Was my “not an answer flag” for this answer not warranted?

I recently flagged this answer(The link is to the revision it was in when I flagged it) as "not an answer", and had my flagged marked invalid. flags should not be used to indicate technical ...
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Should I flag an answer which *tries* to answer the question, but is useless for this *particular* question [duplicate]

Going through the late answer review queue, I came across this answer. While it should normally be helpful ('root' and 'toor' should be the default username and password from what I recall), in this ...
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Why was my VLQ flag rejected?

I have flagged this answer as very low quality and my flag was rejected. VLQ's description is: This answer has severe formatting or content problems. This answer is unlikely to be salvageable ...
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Why are generic flags not available for low score answers?

I've just tried to flag a low score answer as "Not an answer" and the only option available was "Needs ♦ moderator attention". Why are generic flags not available for low-quality answers? What'...
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How to mark non english questions/answers?

Right now I'm reviewing this answer and I don't know what to do: https://superuser.com/a/792377/180465 (Oh sorry that post is now deleted. Anyway, my question still exists...) The problem is - it's ...
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Better understanding “not an answer” flags

I have flagged this post for not being an answer: Checking NVRAM on BootUp The flag was declined, as "flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer". I am ...
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Can we see the posts we (helpfully) flagged?

When I flag a post and the flag is deemed helpful, the post is usually deleted. For example: https://superuser.com/questions/785287/how-can-i-protect-my-personal-folders-individually-with-password/...
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Flag “options” disappear?

Not that I'm a "flag happy" person but if somethings only been flagged once, why are the flagging "options" a lot of times cut in half. I've noticed there's normally only 3 of the 6 flags "options" ...
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Why can't I select any stackExchange site for migration?

It's really bugging me. There's a question that I believe belongs on a stackExchange site which is not included in the list below: Who has created that list anyway? Why can't I see any Search field?
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How should I flag a question when two flags fit?

This question. Should I flag it that it belongs on SO? Or should I flag it as simply off-topic? It will likely be closed there. How should I flag this sort of question?
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How is this question classed as 'an answer'?

I recently flagged this question as 'not an answer', but it has been disputed. I understand that this is a user who wants to help (as said in their last line), but I don't understand the reason it ...
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What's the deal with the “blatantly off-topic” close flag?

I don't remember there being a flag like this for some time (but then again, I haven't flagged a question as being off-topic for some time also). Searching MSE, MSO and here didn't turn up any ...