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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 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 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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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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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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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 it better to remove spam links when editing or to flag them for moderators?

I've just edited a one-sentence question. After editing, I clicked on the link in the body of the question. It led to a survey posted on the web site of a large fast-food chain: nothing to do with the ...
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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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“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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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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Questions asking for technical terms/jargon

I just flagged this question as (potentially) off-topic, and I have flagged other questions like this in the past, but I am not sure if I am right to do so. It seems to me that the correct answer ...
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What happens when you flag a rude comment, and then the author deletes it?

I was confronted with rude, acid comments from a certain user, just because I mildly protested for editing the OP after I'd answered, in a way that rendered my answer invalid. The user swiftly deleted ...
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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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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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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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Flag has not been processed for 2+ months

On May 20 at 18:47:13Z I raised a flag on this answer concerning a possible migration to the comments section due to a lack of authoritative evidence. It has been 2+ months and there have been no ...
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How far on the right side of the 'rude' line is implying that British people are irrational?

As a Brit, I found this post rude: I flagged the post and the flag was declined, which is fair enough, but I'd like to know what degree of insulting towards the British is acceptable light-hearted ...
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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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On flagging posts with lots of images

I flagged this answer with the note "pictures are a little excessive" and the flag was dismissed as invalid. I would like to publicly note that this is a terrible, terrible precedent. The images are ...
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Etiquette on duplicate questions

Sometimes we may miss a previous post that contains the answer to one of our questions or even miss an identical previous question. Do you recommend: Deleting the question (what would happen to ...
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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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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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Comment flagging - condition where “please select a reason” warning appears but flag reason dialog does not

I happened to be flagging two comments as obsolete (on this answer, comments referring to a completed edit). I flagged the first, then clicked the second flag button, and upon trying to flag (I am ...
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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. ...
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Is 'flagging' an appropriate response for someone who doesn't have authority/longevity to vote to close?

Maybe I'm wrong, but this post appears to be not a question. I do not have the rep to do so, and also haven't done it before. I think it will likely sort itself out. But would flagging a post like ...
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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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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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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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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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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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If the discussion has been moved to chat, what am I supposed to do?

It's the second time that I note the following flag, in the page to review flags. If the discussion has been moved to chat, what am I supposed to do? Does the flag means the discussion should be ...
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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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Should spam posts be down-voted, flagged, or both?

I came a across a spam answer on this question advertising clothes and the like, which I have already flagged for moderator attention. However in this situation is it recommended to down vote the ...
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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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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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Can I flag a single post multiple times?

Why can I flag something multiple times, and why can I get different results from each flag? I flagged a post one day, for "misinformation". Another day, while I was reviewing, I came to the same ...
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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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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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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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When flagging a flag as invalid, report which flag was flagged as invalid

When you flag a flag as invalid, the flag history doesn't report which flag was flagged as invalid. It would be helpful if the flag history would report which flag was flagged as invalid.
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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 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 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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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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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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Does the description for the “not an answer” flag need to be re-phrased?

The description for that flag is the following: This was posted as an answer, but it does not answer the question. It should possibly be an edit, a comment, another question, or deleted altogether. ...
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What does flagging a post because it has more than 20 comments mean?

I noticed that a post has been flagged, from the Community user I guess, because it had more than 20 comments. What is the purpose of that flag, and what should be done in such cases?
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Why was my custom flag declined?

I recently came across an answer that consisted entirely of the text yeah apply the poweder okay> This is obviously not an answer, but I also think the answer was posted in bad faith, as I ...
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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 ...