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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. There's no one-size-fits-all answer to that from what I've found, though this meta post covers the basics. Generally put, as moderators we should not judge answers ...


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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 answer is a bit more involved. While this question is put forth in a logical way, it is built several false premises, namely asserting opinions as fact, then ...


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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 and our moderation team is solid I think we can revert our site back to the normal threshold. My two cents.


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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 precisely because the site is showing it's a wrong answer, similar to tutorials or textbooks sometimes showing what happens if you don't do the correct thing.


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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 you're not trolling, and just say. No It's not something you should flag for. Flags are for situations that require moderator intervention. This hypothetical ...


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You've managed to hit the elusive "flag hell-ban": the majority of your flags have been declined, causing the system to no longer trust you to flag appropriately... As a consequence of this, it deletes your flags rather than showing them to moderators. We'll be re-working the behavior of this system soon.


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Flagging each spam answer would probably be sufficient. You can't directly flag a user, but you can flag any of the user's posts with a custom flag and explain the situation.


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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 case like that. You can leave a custom flag on the first or last relevant comment and that works ok too, but we can't respond to flags on comments -- so if we ...


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It seems like it's an appropriate time to recalibrate. The trend is pretty clear on spam: Data from SEDE


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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 point: the suggestion remains to use either the spam or rude/abusive flags depending on post content. Both flags will trip automatic removal when 6 such flags are ...


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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 useful to the site (as long as they're downvoted and people comment explaining why they're wrong) because they can serve as a warning to others. I recently ...


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Two Stage Workflow I like the workflow because it breaks things out into stages. It takes more than one person to make a call to add the post notice, then it takes more than one person to delete, with deletion only being allowed on positively scored posts if the answer had previously been reviewed and left unimproved. The two stage approach gives answerers ...


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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 changed "offensive" to "abusive" -- apparently in just one of the two locations. As I recall, the change was made for two reasons: Some people understood "...


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Thank you for your efforts to help maintain site quality. We rely heavily on the community. As you noted, there are tools available for wrong information in posts (including downvotes, votes to delete in severe cases, and sometimes careful edits), but comments are more limited. Further, only moderators can address flags on comments; unlike (certain) flags ...


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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 question is frozen and thawed.


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The goal of any Stack Exchange site including The Workplace is to provide a high-quality resource for future visitors. Answers provide value in the following three ways: Answering the question Explaining why and how it is correct Providing additional information not covered by other answers If an answer doesn't match all three criteria, you should downvote,...


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Data we need to collect: What happens to answers that get this post notice? Possible values: edited and notice removed, edited but insufficient (notice not removed), notice removed sans edit (successfully contested), answer deleted by owner, answer deleted by mod/community after the waiting period, answer deleted by mod/com early. Did I miss any? Or do ...


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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 has been improved to the point that it should be reopened is to put a post here in meta.workplace explaining why it is no longer a dupe/should be reopened. The ...


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In my opinion, here are the following comments that should be nuked: Spam/offensive stuff: duh +1 great question/answer: Yes, we can see the votes. These are only okay if the comment otherwise has substance. If it's useless without the +1 it's still useless with it (same for -1) Fix X! Okay, I fixed X!: Obsolete comments have done their work and should go ...


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I personally don't see a lot of comment flags (or a lot of flags in general; the flag queue is usually pretty empty). I can't say for sure if this is because people don't flag a lot of comments or because the flagged comments get auto-deleted. As far as support: comments are not meant to be permanent; I have no problem clearing them out once they've served ...


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Like gnat said, it was closed so you couldn't flag it. Regardless, thanks for flagging things! While flags often create work for us moderators it all helps contribute to a better site.


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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 discussion and for letting us restore the entire network to the default! As I noted on English, if there's a huge increase of blatantly problematic content that isn'...


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We do need the position:relative but I removed it on the mod & review pages. This way you won't have the bug anymore. A fix has been pushed, it'll be live after the next production build.


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Look ma, it scales For what it's worth, below is what I learned by studying how Low Quality review queue works at Stack Overflow. Per my understanding of recent feature changes, NAA and VLQ flags push post into this queue unless it has been already reviewed there. Side note it's not the first time that I am active in this queue but things feel really ...


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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 the result of the Low Quality review queue. In fact, since that review completed, another user flagged this as Not An Answer which created a new Low Quality ...


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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 to dismiss them entirely AND vilify them in the same word, I think "Troll(ing)" could also end up as a catch-all close reason that's far too easy to apply, far ...


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Just FYI, spam flags are handled a bit specially on the SE network, and enough spam flags will automatically hide posts by that user and give a heads up to the moderation team to take a look at it. This is usually done very quickly (the same user posted a similar message on academia, and perhaps Super User as well). If you see spam, flag it, and then if you ...


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Here is an example of a post where I would expect to see a very low quality flag. If I were to leave a comment here, I'm 99.9% certain this post will not be improved by the poster and there is no way anyone else could begin to improve it simply because there's nothing there: As for not an answer, I've seen these flags on the following types of posts: ...


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As pointed out, this can't be done with the Data Explorer unfortunately. We will need some community manager help to get the data, but we can lay out what sort of data we want. What are we trying to find out? "Are post notices successful?" is the question we're trying to answer. What is success? This is where things get sticky, but I'd advocate the ...


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