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CyberBullying on SE

Thank you for letting us knowing what is going on. We will look into the serial downvoting and that will be reversed if we confirm that it is happening. As for the comment harrassment, please flag (...
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"Spam" and "rude or abusive" flag options

No. On Stack Exchange, "spam" has a specific meaning, unlike the way the term is often used on the internet as a whole: Exists only to promote a product or service, does not disclose the author's ...
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Do we have any general guidelines on flagging?

In this post, the ELU moderators attempt to consolidate all the advice in order that: it’s relevant for the English Language & Usage Stack Exchange site; it’s all in one place; it’s easily ...
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Flag has not been processed for 2+ months

The text box used for providing comments supplies these specific guidelines: Use comments to ask for clarification or add more information. Avoid answering questions in comments. We therefore do ...
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Flag etiquette and effectiveness

From my perspective, moderation is only indirectly about teaching people to become good citizens. The goal should be to foster an environment where folks feel free to participate and can enjoy the ...
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Finding comments that are 'no longer needed' (e.g. 'thank you' and general junk comments)

Please do not flag old comments unless they are offensive and hurtful of others. This is not a good use of limited resources.
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Feature request: unflag

As of 2016 this is possible for post flags but not comment flags. Simply click on "flag" on the post to bring up the flag dialog, then "Retract Flag":
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Why did moderators decline most of my flags even if they were helpful?

So why decline my flags in the first place? As we told you before, do not use VLQ flags as close votes. Low-quality questions should be downvoted and close voted, not flagged. When you keep doing it ...
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How should reviewers (and other users) handle SLAs to SWRs?

It is important to get a hopeless answer in the VLQ queue ASAP because: (1) after 7 days, the answer can't be flagged VLQ; and, (2) long before then, it may attract enough undeserved upvotes to be ...
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How (and whether) to flag a post with an irrelevant picture

If I see some blatantly irrelevant picture, text, or link in an otherwise okay post, my first choice would be to edit it out. I'd also maybe kindly let the user know why I did that. And then if I see ...
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Basic problem with comment deletion

To answer this, I’ve deliberately not just gone and looked into your particular comment record to prime me with concrete knowledge. That way I can speak in broader generalities. Here are some common ...
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What to do with yes/no questions?

One-word answers are definitely not acceptable. (In fact, the software doesn't even allow them). A question that is formulated in a way that seems to call for a one-word answer may need some ...
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What's missing on the answer flag options?

You can only flag as very low quality on new posts, I think the limit is one week old. Give this Meta.SE post an upvote if you think older posts should still allow VLQ flags.
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Is it better to remove spam links when editing or to flag them for moderators?

Good question, the general guidance in this case is to not edit the post. Looking at the answer below it's different; you stumbled upon a suggested edit adding spam and inadvertently approved/improved ...
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Add flag reason: should be closed and migrated to ELL

There is already a flag reason which mentions closure and migration to ELL, but it may take a little bit of finding. Migration to ELL is a closure reason. It appears in the standard close dialogs ...
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What's the best way to address an antisemitic slur suggested as an answer over a year ago?

I would certainly take "Shylock" these days to refer to the unsavoury aspects of loan-sharkiness rather than be anything to do with religion. I'm aware that British attitudes to language differ ...
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How far on the right side of the 'rude' line is implying that British people are irrational?

The way I read it is that Evan is giving us the benefit of the doubt. His question reads: Why do people in the UK hate biscuits, and how did the saying "take the biscuit" come to be? So despite ...
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What happens when you flag a rude comment, and then the author deletes it?

The flag is recorded against the comment. There is no action to be taken, because the comment has been deleted. However, you flagged it as unfriendly and that is recorded; the system does notify ...
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"Spam" and "rude or abusive" flag options

Perhaps. I think the argument in favour of flagging the “zombie wall of text” question as "spam" is that only 6 flags are needed for the post to be automatically deleted. That question is not your ...
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Flagging a Question as a Duplicate of an ELL Question

Disclaimer - I'm answering this from the ELL perspective, so this answer says nothing about how the ELU community would like to handle these sorts of situations. If you're aware that there is a ...
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The rise of the spammers. Or not?

According to Stack Exchange Employee animuson ♦, We've established in past discussions that abuse of the system qualifies under the offensive flag. Posting gibberish that doesn't mean anything is ...
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How to Mark a Question as a Duplicate of Multiple Questions

Users with gold tag badge having the privileges to single-handedly close as duplicates, and naturally, all moderators, can edit the listed duplicates once it's closed. It's a new feature actually. See ...
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What standard flag should I have used here?

It's very low quality. It's sufficient to flag it as such. It doesn't need a custom flag which puts it in my workflow.
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Why was this flag declined?

Because it is not selling or promoting a product or service. It's just a vague quote from a kid's book. "Not an answer" would be appropriate for this type of post. It matters insofar as spam flags ...
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Is there a way to remove or edit a flag?

Medica's advice is what I would give. There is no way to change the type of flag that has been cast. In future, though, please flag spam with the spam flag, not "low quality". Not that we would mark "...
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Should I flag a poor answer as not an answer?

This has been touched on before, but a brief walk through the low-quality review queue history this morning has shown me that we need to revisit it. The remedy for a wrong answer is downvoting, not ...
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Site policies and operation

Conflicts and disagreements are (usually) initially handled by moderators, and that's initiated through flagging. If you can't flag, then use the contact us link which is at the bottom of every page ...
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Difference between Flags "A Duplicate" and "Should be Closed... Duplicate of"

They're essentially the same. Regardless of which one you choose, the next window title is: Flagging > Closing > Duplicate Users who do not have the "close vote" privileges can still click on "flag" ...
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Would such a question be kosher or should it be flagged?

If you think it is gratuitously vulgar, why wouldn’t you flag it as rude/abusive? That the community might not agree shouldn’t change your judgement of what is best for the site, and trolling or ...
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