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Which proper action should be taken to handle this suspicious post?

I was the moderator who handled that flag. It's not spam, and that profanity is part of the extension name. There was also a rude/abusive flag on the post and no spam link when I saw it. Should ...
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ChatGPT - what do we flag as?

I'd go with a custom flag. If you've run it through a chat gpt tester, mentioning it's always handy. We also tend to suspend chatgpt users and custom flags are always human-handled, unlike say spam ...
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Should I handle rude fragments myself? or is it better to get moderator involved?

If it is a one-off then feel free to do the needful yourself, but flagging it is not necessarily a bad thing for moderators. In this case there was not much to see, but sometimes there are a lot of ...
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What to do with same answers to different questions by the same user?

If the questions are duplicates, one should be closed as such. In that case, it should be explained to the user that we prefer information to be centralized, so they should flag instead of posting the ...
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Why my flag "the answer has nothing to do with the question" was rejected?

It was declined because that answer was attempting to answer the question, even if tangentially. It was me that declined the flag but it looks like I fat fingered the decline selection and instead of ...
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Why was my "not an answer" flag rejected?

It got deleted. By the looks of things it had spam flags and NAA flags, and I suspect that when the spam flag was dismissed so were the others. So, yeah, the flag was valid, the post deleted, and the ...
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Why my "too broad" flag was declined in this question?

It was declined automatically by the system after 3 users reviewed it stating that it should be left open. While there are indeed two problems listed in the question they appear, at a glance, to be ...
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Why was my flag to stop my bounty rejected?

Bounties are only revoked in exceptional circumstances. As mentioned by the MSE answer linked by David "I made a mistake" is a problem but by no means exceptional. We also cannot prove one way or ...
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Purpose of "very low quality" flag of questions

The user who posted the question, and consequently the second account that posted a garbage answer, were apparently attempting to troll and had been posting similar to other sites on the network. ...
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I am getting a “You are currently banned from flagging…” message but no clear end for this ban is given

After the next build, the ban message on your flag summary page will indicate how long you must wait before flagging again: Fair warning: flag ban durations are calculated on demand. If more ...
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Question in close queue is marked as duplicate, but the duplicate is terrible!

As comments have noted, the criteria I would use when judging which of two otherwise duplicate questions to be marked duplicate is based on quality, not time. If one of the questions is very recent ...
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Why was my comment mod flag declined?

Your flag detail stated This should really be converted to an answer as it solved the asker's problem. There was a couple of reasons here. The first is that Moderators cannot convert comments to ...
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A clarification request for declined spam flag

I declined it as it was obvious that the user was not intending to only spam their site. At the point which i saw it the user was attempting to meet the wishes of the commenters. Accepting the spam ...
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Leaving a comment on non-answers

The purpose of the First Posts review queue is to help new users get up to speed by giving them feedback if needed. All the queue does is identify new users' initial posts in an easy to find place to ...
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Leaving a comment on non-answers

Should I also leave the new user a comment, explaining that answer posts are for actual answers? You are not obliged to leave comments when flagging, but it is good to leave the user something to ...
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Could a special case of "hardware recommendation" be on-topic?

I've fixed up the post, since, well, I actually think that the 'core' of the question is something useful, and something I don't know anything about. As a "should I buy A or B?" question... its not ...
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Flag was declined but the question was deleted all the same

SF deleted it when I checked. No action was needed on SU. As such, no moderator intervention was needed While I do sometimes mark flags of that sort as valid, I usually take into account a few ...
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Post was edited after I flagged for review

Maybe let the moderator know that the flag was for a previous version of the answer. As I mentioned here, the new moderator flag dashboard shows an [edited] label if the post has been edited after ...
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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?

Admittedly - I did have a late night, and was bleary eyed. How did you guess? If I felt I was too zonked out to process flags, I wouldn't - I had reasons. I felt that without that comment, the rest ...
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What's wrong with my NAA flag, if the answer is now deleted?

I rejected the flag. The "not an answer" flag states: This was posted as an answer, but it does not attempt to answer the question. It should possibly be an edit, a comment, another question, or ...
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Why was my “written by AI” flag declined?

These are likely written by ChatGPT Smoking gun: scratch forums ChatGPT wrote: It sounds like the issue you're experiencing with Scratch reloading every time your Chromebook is turned off or ...
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A clarification request for declined spam flag

Agreeing with Mokubai, I'd like to note that flags are used to keep the sites clean, not to punish anyone. I was also among the people who flagged that as spam, but after I saw the effort to avoid ...
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Why am I able to flag my own questions?

Duplicate questions are not deleted, they remain on the site as "signposts" to the existing answer that might be found by a Google search that doesn't find the duplicate question. If you realise that ...
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What details do you need? Or please stop voting to close as “Needs details or clarity”!

I agree with this; even if it reads like a rant to me. If you can’t provide a comment explaining what details are needed, the flag should not be used. I often use “Needs details or clarity” and I ...
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Why were my flags on a meta answer post and comments containing expletives directed at another user declined?

I'm not a mod here, but am on other social media sites. This is only a guess. Sometimes a response other than what the reporter expects is used because it accomplishes what is needed in the moment, or ...
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Why were my flags on a meta answer post and comments containing expletives directed at another user declined?

While I wasn't the moderator who handled the flags in question - the moderation style here is often about defusing issues rather than trying to take punitive measures. Frankly at some point, someone ...
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Very low quality flag rejected for link only answer

1. Are link only answers accepted here on SuperUser? They are accepted, but they are not classed as VLQ. VLQ (Very Low Quality) is defined as "This question has severe formatting or content problems....
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Edit Recommendations

You cover several topics: I recently flagged an answer as "Not An Answer" This flag should be used only for post which doesn't even try to answer the question (asking for clarification; ...
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Flagging a comment which links to a picture of the question

Reading through all the comments, and the edit history it makes sense - basically the question rendered with what OP assumed to be B+W wingdingish charecters as emoji. See the rest of the comments, ...
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