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Why are flags for demonstrably false answers rejected?

flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer Well this basically answers your question but I guess you're trying to get at the motivation behind it. ...
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Do we still need the lower threshold for spam/rude deletions?

Do we still need the lower threshold for spam/rude deletions? Based on the numbers outlined in your question, I don't believe we need any special attention. Also, considering our community is strong ...
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What is the proper reference for gender on workplace?

I tried to craft an honest, well thought out response that doesn't violate the "be nice" policy here. It was a Herculean effort, make no mistake. The short answer is a resounding NO. The longer ...
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Why are flags for demonstrably false answers rejected?

So, my question is Why? The answer has a score of -3 and is grayed out, which is a strong indicator to visitors that they shouldn't follow this advice. In fact, the answer adds value to the site ...
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How to report multiple obsolete comments?

The best approach is to flag the post and explain what's going on. Obsolete flags can be harder to evaluate (there's no way to tell us why you think it's obsolete), so a custom flag is better in a ...
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What is the proper reference for gender on workplace?

If I'm reading your post correctly, you want to know if flagging somebody for using gendered pronouns (I'm assuming an implicit: "where they don't need to") is appropriate. I'm also going to assume ...
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Why are flags for demonstrably false answers rejected?

Cross-site duplicate: Are blatantly wrong answers very low quality? If the answer is wrong, you shouldn't flag it, you should downvote and comment explaining why it's wrong. Wrong answers can still be ...
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Do we still need the lower threshold for spam/rude deletions?

It seems like it's an appropriate time to recalibrate. The trend is pretty clear on spam: Data from SEDE
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We should have a flag or close reason of 'Trolling'

Technically not feasible. We have used all of our custom close reasons (cf previous discussions on adding extra reasons) and I'm not even sure it's possible to modify the flag types. More to the ...
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Comment flagging - please try to use an appropriate flag type

This would be much easier if SE permitted us to correct erroneous input. Unfortunately once you have made a suboptimal choice, intentionally or accidentally, you are stuck with it until/unless the ...
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Difference between 'Rude/Abusive' and 'Rude/Offensive' flags?

As you noted, comments have "rude or offensive" and posts have "rude or abusive". This might be an unintended difference; they used to both say "rude or offensive" and somewhere along the line SE ...
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How to "flag" a question to be re-opened

Something to be aware of is that moderators almost never reopen posts unilaterally. I've never done it and never seen it happen in my two years as a mod. The action to take if you see a post that ...
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Do we still need the lower threshold for spam/rude deletions?

This seems pretty reasonable and it's a quick and easy change so... it's done. I've spoken with Charcoal to ensure that the autoflagging is raised to four as discussed. Thanks for having this ...
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Was $300 meal story worth flagging for removal from HNQ?

I think go with your gut. There's no harm done flagging it for removal from HNQ, at least it brings it to mod attention. The question is flaky at best in my opinion, the accepted answer even moreso. I'...
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We should have a flag or close reason of 'Trolling'

No. "Trolling" is a very broad, loaded label with extreme prejudice built into it. Just as some people will quickly call anyone who bothers them politically either a Nazi or a Commie as an easy way ...
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Is an answer or comment with indirect slang considered rude / abusive / offensive for this site?

I was the moderator who declined your flag. I reviewed the flagged answer and it's clear in my view that the poster was giving an example the sort of response the statements you posit management ...
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If a flagged post is edited before a moderator sees the flag, how do they deal with it?

The flag has since been marked as disputed. Is this because when a moderator saw the flag, they were presented with the updated version (which did include an answer)? No. As David mentioned this was ...
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Another question about the comments; reminders of the "Be Nice" policy

If we see nastiness in the comments section, should we drop in a reminder of the "be nice" policy (not directed to a particular user) or just flag for a mod without comment? I'd say we do both. ...
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What is the proper reference for gender on workplace?

In Workplace posts, would it be considered offensive, and therefore flag-able, to use gender specific pronouns? I think it would be ridiculous to flag the use of gender-specific pronouns. Take a ...
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Please investigate contextual bulk-flag-dismissal done by a specific, anonymous moderator

However, that message apparently got dismissed by the exact same person whose decisions I asked to be investigated, and thus I assume it got silently "swallowed" without reaching the ...
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Is an answer or comment with indirect slang considered rude / abusive / offensive for this site?

I would have declined the flag for the same reasons as Moto. We do have a 'be nice' policy, we also have 'assume good intentions'. They work together well for a multi-cultural site where ways of ...
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Why are flags for demonstrably false answers rejected?

Mods aren't omniscient. They're not expected to be, which is what you're asking if they're supposed to judge answers as wrong. If you see an answer you believe is inaccurate or incorrect, there are ...
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We should have a flag or close reason of 'Trolling'

Trolling is definitely rude, though, so the correct flag reason is "Rude or Abusive."
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What is the proper reference for gender on workplace?

This is wholly location dependant. When I grew up (I'm old) it was perfectly normal and taught that when referring to people as a whole you can call them 'man' and even when referring to group it was ...
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Which is more useful to the mods, Flagging comments, or the Q or A they are in?

My answer is bascially the same as the one I gave on How to report multiple obsolete comments?, with one exception (and why I'm answering instead of closing as a dupe): If, among a big pile of ...
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How to "flag" a question to be re-opened

In addition to this answer, see the guidance in What if I disagree with the closure of a question? How can I reopen it? in the help center, specifically: [stuff about editing and the reopen queue] ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
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When flagging to delete your question, please tell us the reason

Ask to disassociate question from your account I posted a question that had been put on hold that had potential harmful consequences to my career should I be doxxed. After a few weeks of it not ...
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Can/Should people review flags of their own post?

Only moderators can see flags, and normally we rarely deal with the flags on our own posts. Having said that I do deal with some of mine from time to time these days. I got in the habit by necessity ...
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Is criticizing the employer an attempt to answer?

Was the flag correctly declined? If so, how does this help the OP? My two cents to this is that, although I didn't handle that flag, I think it wasn't wrong to decline. Why? The post does provide an ...
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