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Flagging & reputation points

I tried finding an answer by searching, but in vain. If we flag a comment or a question, do we lose rep pts.?
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Why was my question on neologisms put on hold?

I asked one simple question and my question was put on hold. Nobody answered it and the moderator says that it will generate opinion. I doubt that. On the contrary, I have received 4 upvotes, so ...
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Why was this flag disputed?

I thought answers given in other than English were dis-allowed. (comments maybe, I always find them interesting) I marked this answer as "not an answer". It was disputed and still remains. There ...
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Finding comments that are 'no longer needed' (e.g. 'thank you' and general junk comments)

Purpose of this post (what type of answers do I expect) This post is meant to get answers in the form of one or more links to Stack Exchange Data Explorer queries which list comments that are ...
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Would such a question be kosher or should it be flagged?

Here's a hypothetical situation. Suppose someone asks a question requesting traditional regional synonyms for gay/homosexual, many of which are hurtful, and there's no discernible intellectual reason ...
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What flag is appropriate for non-English, one-line answers?

In the past two days I have run across two one-line answers that were not in English. One appeared to be in Spanish, the other in Hindi (to the best of my ability to tell; I don't speak either ...
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“You don't have the permission to use this type of flag”

I was trying to flag a question as very low quality, because I couldn't decide between "unclear what you're asking" and "asking to do your homework for you", but then I got this error message. Why is ...
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How to Mark a Question as a Duplicate of Multiple Questions

This evening I came across this question. In the comments, sumelic has indicated three potentially related questions. They are obviously better equipped than I to handle any duplicate closing in this ...
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Difference between Flags “A Duplicate” and “Should be Closed… Duplicate of”

For awhile I've been confused by the two flagging options for duplicates. What is the difference between selecting a duplicate... versus selecting should be closed... then duplicate of... ...
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Flag etiquette and effectiveness

Suppose a participant writes a rude or hurtful comment, and a flag is raised, and it's removed. As far as I can tell, nothing gets communicated to the participant -- the comment just quietly ...
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The rise of the spammers. Or not?

There's been a couple of spam-like or at least extremely low quality 'answers' today - firstly one on What does it mean to have a quick wit? (which has now been deleted) and now one on Finding a word ...
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Flagging a Question as a Duplicate of an ELL Question

I came across this question today and was going to flag it, but I wasn't sure what flag category to use. It is fairly basic, so it likely belongs on ELL. However, in the comments, a user mentions a ...
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How (and whether) to flag a post with an irrelevant picture

This post made me think of the question. This particular question is either a learner's question better suited for ELL, or a low-quality question. It made me think of the question of whether ...
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What happens when a not-nice flag on a comment is accepted?

Suppose User A gets carried away and writes a comment that is not in keeping with the "Be nice" mantra. Suppose User B flags it and the flag is deemed "helpful." User B can see a record of that by ...
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Questions about Very Low Quality flags

Is there such a thing as an autoflag for Very Low Quality (VLQ) questions or answers? If so, how does it work? What is the difference between flagging an answer as VLQ, downvoting it, and writing a ...
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Basic problem with comment deletion

(Yes, I know this will be instantly marked "dupe", but if I ask my question on one of the "dupes" it will almost certainly be ignored.) I understand why the person who deleted a comment is not ...
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What's the best way to address an antisemitic slur suggested as an answer over a year ago?

This answer from a year ago suggested "Shylock" as a slang term for "debt-collector" and received 4 upvotes. Academics still debate whether Shakespeare's character Shylock in The Merchant of Venice ...
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How should reviewers (and other users) handle SLAs to SWRs?

On deleting low quality single-word-request answers established the consensus that single line answers (SLAs) to single word requests (SWRs) shall be deleted, however the highest-voted answer argues ...
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What standard flag should I have used here?

Context: Question: Is there a word or phrase for “taking the long way around a square”? My answer: "Scenic route" with enough details and has got upvotes. Duplicate answer posted hours later: "I've ...
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Why was this flag declined?

I flagged an answer as 'spam', because the content was something like I am Jeff. Jeff Jeff Jeff. etc The post was deleted - yet my flag was declined. Why? For 10k+ers: Short-sighted and Near-...
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“Spam” and “rude or abusive” flag options

My spam flag for the answer below to a question Is the phrase 'request you to send the copy' correct? was marked as helpful. It seems that the post was deleted by spam votes, not by a moderator or any ...
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What to do with yes/no questions?

I'm sorry if this is a duplicate, but I can't find any prior guidance on this. Closest I could get was Asking questions with very short answers. Someone just posted this question: Possibility ...
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Why did moderators decline most of my flags even if they were helpful?

I see this message more often nowadays. Attention: some of your recent flags have been declined - please review them before flagging this post! And the reason, almost always is given as ...
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Site policies and operation

I have a few questions regarding this site's policies and operation: Is there an administration? Is there a contact for the administration? Is there any entity able to deal with conflicts or ...
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CyberBullying on SE

For the past few weeks I have been receiving many comments from the user Rathony. The pattern goes like this: 1) I make a comment on someone's answer, or I post my own answer 2) Within minutes, a ...
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How do I flag an inappropriate edit?

I'd like to bring an edit to the attention of the moderators. How do I do that? I know how to flag a question, an answer and a comment, but not an edit. (I don't want to get into an edit war.)
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Add flag reason: should be closed and migrated to ELL

(Edit -- I just discovered that I posted a working draft by accident yesterday, so am doing a substantial re-write. At least half of my draft was missing from what got posted. Note, this was due to ...
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What should I do about the comments on this answer?

What would you prefer I do about the comment that's repeatedly being applied to this answer? People keep making the same comment, I object to the comment and/or warn against using the phrase being ...
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What constitutes spam?

Spam can be defined in various different ways, but for the purposes of a StackExchange site, I have always been of the opinion that a broad definition is generally desirable: Irrelevant or ...
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Why can I only propose migration to meta? [duplicate]

I saw a question that really belonged on another stack exchange site, but when I tried to flag it as needing migration, the only option I had was to select migration to meta. So, I didn't flag it. ...
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Is there a way to remove or edit a flag? [duplicate]

I've been marking flags on a lot of the spam questions that have been popping up over the last couple hours (the ones about bam war or something), and I accidentally marked one as offensive instead of ...
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Should I flag a poor answer as not an answer?

I don't know the answer to this question. I'm torn on the abilities I now have and know I can edit an answer, flag an answer, and downvote an answer (or ignore). I don't really want to flag ...
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Do we have any general guidelines on flagging?

There are a number of Meta posts about flags, both here on Meta.ELU and on Meta.SE. Do we have any guidelines for flagging comment as offense? (mELU) Why can’t I flag a question as offensive? (mELU) ...
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How do you delete or undo a flag? [duplicate]

I made a mistake. I flagged a post I shouldn't have. It's not the end of the world, presumably the moderator will see it was a poor judgement call (I hope) but why can't I "go back" and delete my flag?...
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Flagging Reviews

Sorry if this is a dupe, but I didn't see it all in one place: Since hitting 10K rep, I've been actively reviewing flags, and my disputed flag count jumped from 0 to 15 in a few days. It occurs to ...
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Duplicate Comments & Un-flagging Comments

I've three related questions: If I believe a comment is essentially a duplicate of an earlier one, what is the proper etiquette, if any? I assume it's better to up vote a comment I agree with, rather ...
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How does one actually disagree when reviewing an item?

When performing review tasks an option appears saying, "Flag or disagree..." but no option to disagree exists. For example if a question has been flagged as "not an answer" or "very low quality" I ...
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Missing off-topic flagging options

When flagging a post for being off-topic, the following options are given: Questions that can be answered using commonly-available references are off-topic. A list of these references can be found ...
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Request to undo comment up-vote and flag

I upvoted a comment (under highly contentious "All-American" answer) in an attempt to be ironic/funny. I actually find this answer incredibly offensive. Somebody has their act together, and has ...
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Is it okay to flag a question for migration to a beta site

The question A confusing use of a negative seems like it belongs on English Language Learners. I was considering flagging it for moderator attention and choosing a custom reason to say this. But I'm ...
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Obsolete flag after upvoting comment

I upvoted someone else's comment and later edited the answer that it was commenting on, making the comment obsolete. It doesn't seem possible for me to flag the comment now, but is it still possible ...
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Do we have any guidelines for flagging a comment as offense?

I can find no guideline in the FAQ regarding when to flag someone for a comment that is offensive. I cannot the topic in the meta section. Consider the case when someone is attacking / insulting, ...
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How do the flag limits work?

I know there are limits on the number of flags one can cast in a day. I found this in the FAQ: How many flags do I have? When you start out you are alloted 10 flags per-day. This number may ...
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Does flagging ever affect anyone's rep?

The title sums up my question nicely: does flagging ever affect anyone's rep? More specifically, if I flag a post as anything will the flagged user lose reputation at all? I know some flags, such as ...
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Why can't I flag a question as “offensive”?

I find a certain phrase in a particular question very offensive. However, I can't flag it as "offensive" like I can a comment. Is this by design? What should I flag it as instead?
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What does “not an answer” mean?

In the post What does “poke one in the eye” mean?, Yoichi Oishi asks what the phrase means in this context: ‘It seems every step we take, it’s something just to poke us in the eye,’ a frustrated ...
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What is the parenthetical number indicative of?

This seems to only show up on spam flags that are pending review. What does the parenthetical number next to the offending post's title indicate?
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How to earn Deputy or Marshal badges when you have over 3,000 reputation?

These badges are described: Deputy: "Achieved a flag weight of 500 by reviewing and flagging appropriately" Marshal: "Achieved a flag weight of 749 by reviewing and flagging appropriately" My flag ...
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Feature request: unflag

Can we have the option to unflag a post? If an issue is resolved before a moderator gets around to handling the flag, it we be nice if we could get rid of the flag and save someone the time of looking ...
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Is the “obsolete” flag applicable even to comments that have already re-written as answer?

In "Agreed" or "agreed to" there is a comment that has been re-written as answer. Is flagging the comment as obsolete correct, in this case? In which other cases should a comment ...