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 I raise another flag when found other posts with similar manner?
You correctly flagged as spam. Please continue to do so.
Unfortunately someone ...
Any good-faith, honest flag of anything marked with the "other" category is fine, and as long as your request is in compliance with the site rules and guidelines and de facto community policies, it will be carried out. That said, you should only use the "other" category when the reason you're flagging it for does not fit at all into any of the existing ...
Without context, you could interpret the response like you did. But let's be clear: moderators are not exempt from any rules we have here—whether it's about quality or behavior in general. Feel free to flag a post when you see something wrong. We occasionally have to delete (older) posts of other moderators for quality problems or other issues. And we try ...
Maybe let the moderator know that the flag was for a previous version of the answer.
That'd be a nice feature. Currently, what we see is this:
It doesn't show whether a post has been edited, and whether a user has flagged it before it was edited. Ideally, it'd say something like:
not an answer – username, 20 mins ago (post was edited after flag)
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 already deleted comments or the user has a history of lashing out.
Flagging gives us a history against the user, comments and questions flagged as offensive ...
For the interested, the entire body of the answer:
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I have to agree that the post was low quality and did in fact deserve deletion, but the problem is that using the spam flag has some very harsh effects which could in the case of an honest (but low ...
Someone went and edited the duplicate close banner, which normally shouldn't be able to happen. The problem in this case is that the question was closed before the current system was put in place and the the banner was handled differently back then.
I have edited it and re-closed it to fix the duplicate banner.
The way to go about reporting this is either ...
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 same answer to both. Once the duplicate question relationship is established, one of the duplicate answers can be deleted. Those two questions look pretty ...
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 flag handling UI's kind of to blame here I suspect.
Flagging the posts is just fine.
If we see 6 posts by a new/unregistered user flagged by 10 people, we know what to do.
That being said, please don't actively seek our all posts by the user to flag them. Just flag the post you see.
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 very closely related and could actually have the same root cause.
The "asking too many questions" reason for closure usually means that they are asking for ...
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 flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer I hit the generic declined reason.
Your flag was simply "This ...
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 another that you did actually make a mistake and posted a bounty on the wrong question. It is up to you to be sure you are in the right place before making the ...
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.
Unless you were active on the other sites or intentionally checked then you would not have known.
Both spam and rude/abusive flags feed into the spam prevention ...
As the flag states:
This question has severe formatting or content problems. This question is unlikely to be salvageable through editing, and might need to be removed.
While there is no real question in the question itself it is implied that they have a problem, an error message is given and they would like help. It can be edited to make it usable and/...
Yes. Custom flags for moderator attention are seen only by moderators. The rest, while visible to moderators, do touch the wider community in some fashion, such as by placing the post into a review queue.
Spam and offensive flags often do not require moderator attention to handle. Six such flags will result in the post being deleted and a -100 reputation ...
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 flags are declined after you view this message, the duration may be extended; if more flags are marked helpful, the ban may be lifted entirely. You should treat ...
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 and hasn't garnered any attention yet, AND the older question it is being marked duplicate of is low quality to the point where its answers are not correct, then ...
Penalties, yes - if a large portion of your flags are declined, your flags will eventually be suppressed and never show up in the flag queue available to us Moderators.
Flag suppression is a rather extreme case, and you shouldn't worry about the odd flag being declined.
A disputed flag means that a post that you had flagged was declared as an "invalid flag" flag by a 10K+ user.
In addition, an edit on a post which was flagged as "Very Low Quality" will result in the VLQ flag being marked as disputed.
Functionally, there's no benefit or penalty arising from a disputed flag to your profile
If you can identify which post (question or another answer) the "answer" should be made a comment on, then it's best if you raise a custom flag, saying:
this should be a comment on https://superuser.com/a/819760
Of course, replace the link with the actual link to the specific target answer. Or, if it should be a comment on the question:
this should be ...
If it was voted for and replied to with "relevant" answers there's some good to it.
Life is not perfect. There are times when a post may be equally apt for 2 SE sites.
Better to find a better fit & move the thread to a better location, than to delete & trash the collective efforts of people.
After all. people voted, replied, put in effort while ...
Nothing happens for now. Moderators can see in your profile that you had flags disputed, that's about it.
If this would happen quite a bit more, to the point where a substantial amount of your flags are disputed, you'd probably get a message from the moderation team.
But, so far, nothing to worry about. Everybody makes mistakes.
I'm not sure if it's a bug. the previous flags are dismissed and you're flagging it for some other reason, perhaps the post has been vandalized again. It's up to you to not flag it multiple times.
And oh, don't be fooled thinking Mods don't notice this or others haven't tried this before. Frivolous flags are treated with disdain, and not only we decide to ...
If you think a question belongs on another site, and it's not one of the pre-listed, then when you flag for moderator attention, you have to be explicit about where and why.
Your flag did not have any hint of what site you think it should be moved to. That's why it was declined.
Next time, mention the site. Give a reason you think it should go there as ...
I realize that this is not a common occurrence, so maybe I should stop over-thinking it and get back to reviewing.
That's pretty much it. A declined flag is no big deal. It's far less of an issue to have declined flags than, say, being the author of bad questions or answers.
Short answer: see Oliver Salzburg's.
Longer answer: There are 10s of thousands of old questions that are now off-topic. They might be viewed as bad examples, and some of them as "diluting" the quality of the site. However, they aren't really doing any harm if they're just buried.
So it doesn't make sense to search them out and close them all. It would ...
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 help him improve his answer (or question).
If the user is actually asking a new question I would leave the following comment:
This is not an answer to the ...