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##When should I flag?

Flags are a way to let the moderators know about issues with content on the site that can't be handled by the community, or are so harmful to the community that they need to be dealt with promptly. If you aren't sure whether or not to flag, consider asking in chat, or asking a question on meta for guidance first.

##How should I use 'very low quality' and 'not an answer' flags?

it is very low quality

This question has severe formatting or content problems. This question is unlikely to be salvageable through editing, and might need to be removed.

If the content can be saved with an edit or a comment, then it isn't very low quality. Very low quality flags should be reserved for content like this answer (10k+ users only):

Its amazing, looking at the time and effort you put into your blog and detailed information you provide. I'll bookmark your blog and visit it weekly for your new posts.

or this:

very low quality post

It isn't offensive, it isn't an advertisement, but it wouldn't fit as a comment, question, or an answer and should be removed. If you see content like this, feel free to downvote and flag immediately, and the flag will be reviewed by a mod.

it is not an answer

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 deleted altogether.

We have a related faq explaining what constitutes an answer here. An answer is not an answer if it does not:

  1. Answer the question
  2. Explain why and how it is correct
  3. Provide information not covered in other answers

Wait! Don't reach for the flag button yet. Just because it doesn't meet those criteria now doesn't mean the moderators need to handle it. First try making a friendly comment explaining why the answer is not an answer and how to fix it (or make an edit to fix it yourself), and give it a downvote.

If the person doesn't fix it in a reasonable time (at least 24 hours, more if a weekend or during the holidays), and it cannot be saved by editing it yourself, then feel free to issue a 'not an answer' flag. If the post is fixable, and the poster is not given time to fix it before the flag is issued, the flag will most likely be declined.

**other (needs ♦ moderator attention) **

This question needs a moderator's attention. Please describe exactly what's wrong.

If you have under the 125 reputation required to edit, or under the 50 reputation required to comment, but you still think the post is wrong for some reason, you can flag as 'other' asking a moderator to add a post notice for:

  • citation needed
  • insufficient explanation

Explain which post notice you would like added, and a moderator agrees with your assessment they will either make a comment, or add a post notice.

Regardless of reputation, if the content needs attention for reasons that don't fall in to existing flag categories, please use the 'other' option with a clear message to the moderators explaining what the problem is.