1: … is off topic and should be migrated to a site for which there is a migration path?
Vote to close as off-topic as "belongs on another site".
2: … is off topic and should be migrated to a site not listed in the vote-to-close dialog?
Vote to close as off-topic and flag for ♦ moderator attention using the free-text box.
This ensures that even if we don'...
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 ...
First of all, just take a moment to step back and remember: flags are here to inform moderators of what's going on so that we can take special action if necessary. Moderators are for unusual conditions - things that are beyond what regular users can handle on their own. Flag weight is not a big deal. Yours is high enough that one or two invalid flags won't ...
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)
Let's look at flagging on a more hedonistic level.
Flags should be used (and are often marked valid) when:
you spot disruptive user behaviour (sock puppets, cussing, reposting, etc.).
a post needs shifting to a site not in the default migration paths.
a post is undergoing an edit war (a moderator will lock if/when necessary).
someone posts an answer that ...
Brent, check out this blog post:
Q&A is hard, let's go shopping
It explains why we've discovered that "which X should I buy" questions never work very well in our sites, so we consider them off topic. DMA768768973659237598327 summarized it well, "Historically, these questions rapidly become noisy and outdated, and the 'no right answer' bit really doesn'...
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 ...
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 ...
Excel is a tricky issue because it's on the border between "programming" and "computer applications," but in general it's best to cause the user (i.e. whoever's asking the question) the least hassle possible. If their question is on-topic for Super User and they asked it here, we shouldn't migrate it.
Keep in mind, nowhere does it say "questions on Super ...
The general rule is that you should flag for moderator attention only if there is something that you can't handle yourself. So ideally, with your new privileges, you shouldn't need to flag anymore. Downvote and vote to delete.*
We have to remember that we're still a very small site compared to Stack Overflow in terms of reputation. On SO, the number ...
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.
The first rule of migrations is don't migrate crap. That question almost certainly would have been closed on Programmsers.SE, because of several reasons:
It's not very well written (poor grammar, bad spelling, no capitalization, etc.)
There's no answer - it's just asking "what's better, HTML5 or Flash"
Because the question would have been closed on ...
Here's my take.
It's how I interpret the flags here as a mod and how I use them elsewhere on the network as a user.
In which cases should we flag "not an answer" answers?
The not an answer flag does not mean "this answer is not an answer to the question posed".
It means "the post isn't an answer at all" (see the "It should possibly be..." bit of the ...
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 ...
Asking for recommendations on products and/or services that handle the product with explicit calls for reviews and experiences is off topic. It's the same thing as a shopping question but without the overt qualifier of the dollar sign.
The Q&A model isn't for discussion or for fielding reviews or experiences from other users. The object might be on ...
When you see a question or answer, you may notice a row of buttons under the answer/questions content. Most commonly you see Edit and Flag
When you press flag, it gives you some options for why the question or answer requires a moderators attention. You choose one, and submit.
If your flag is valid and there was a problem, a moderator will mark it as ...
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 ...
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 ...
Between 0 and 500, it's a set +5 or +10 points for each valid flag (negative if invalid).
Once you crack the 500 mark, it becomes wibbly-wobbly:
start at 100
+10 for a flagged post (+5 for a comment) that we did something about (or was basically valid)
-10 for a flagged post (-5 for a comment) that we suppressed as invalid
min 0, max 750 (but ...
Without going into the specific numbers:
39% of your standard flags have been declined or disputed.
34% of your spam flags were declined.
This is simply too high. It's normal to have a couple of declined flags, but not a third of your total.
You were already contacted about your flagging behavior in September 2012. We encouraged you to take a look at ...
You have the reputation required to vote to close questions as off topic or to have them migrated to a different site. When you flag to have something migrated, you're using the tools you're given the wrong way.
Whether a question is on topic on this site is completely independent of its quality. The question you linked to is, IMO, not low quality. Low ...
in which cases should we flag "not an answer" answers?
"it does not answer the question" … actually entitles you to flag anything that logically does not answer what the OP asked for.
This could be, in the most obvious cases:
comments that don't really solve the problem (“reminds me of the time when my foo controller broke down as well …”)
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 ...