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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 (with "needs mod attention", and explain that it is for this question) the post/posts or one of your own comments on the posts where this has occurred and we will ...


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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 affiliation. The questions you've linked to are very low quality, worthy of being closed and deleted, but they aren't spam. Flagging them as spam would be not ...


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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 assimilated; and it provides a starting-point for future moderators as well. Because this site actually discusses language, there are some quirks and edge cases ...


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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 not normally convert answers to comments for reasons like being too short or being wrong, or for lacking documented references. Migration would not ...


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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 site. Publicly reprimanding someone is rarely a good way to accomplish that (sometimes it is called for, but not often). If someone just had a bad day or chose ...


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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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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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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 and we keep declining your flags, you get the notice to review your declined flags. If you ignore the notice, you have your flag privileges revoked ...


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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 immune from being flagged as VLQ. Also note that not all VLQ answers are one-liners, and not all VLQ answers are responding to a SWR. I sporadically edit ...


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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 a potential for an edit war, I'd definitely flag it for a moderator's attention. On the other hand, if I see that a post is itself not relevant for ELU's ...


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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 improvement. For example, if you are unsure what kind of answer the questioner really wants, you might post a comment asking for more detail about the problem or vote ...


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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 reasons why comments get deleted by a moderator: Comments that aren’t seeking clarification from the poster. Comments that have drifted off into discussions. ...


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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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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 it – the right course of action is to reject it as spam/vandalism, and only then edit it. This issue (whether to edit spam or not) comes up frequently ...


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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 which are accessible when you reach a reputation score of 3000. But until then, you can still flag for migration. This last dialog is very similar to the close ...


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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 the allusion to how we Brits are "irrational", he assumes we are "rational" in asking why we hate biscuits, because it's only rational to hate biscuits if taking ...


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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 bog standard, very-low-quality, off-topic question. It's "junk", and to me junk = spam, the sooner it's dealt with, i.e. eliminated, the better. And someone ...


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Since the user who asked that question said to be learning English, the question could be a candidate for migration. That doesn't mean it will be migrated; poor questions are generally not migrated. (The motto is, "don't migrate crap.") Flagging for moderation attention to suggest a question to be migrated is fine. The moderators normally consult the ...


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It is OK to flag a question and suggest a migration to another site. If we mods think it should stay here, we'll let you know. Otherwise, we'll check with the mods on the other site and see if they support the migration. If they do, we'll send it over to them.


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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 slightly from American attitudes. But we also need to bear in mind that this is a site about language. Knowledge is amoral, and it's up to those with the knowledge ...


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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 question on ELL that might answer the question on ELU, I would suggest that you link it in a comment as was done for the example here. There are lots of questions on ...


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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 definitely abusing the system. .. We do have to be careful in situations where it's not as clear what the intent of the user is. Someone mashing their keyboard to ...


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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 the edit button in the image below: Anything is fine. Meta post will get you attention from members who visit meta, and most meta visitors are experienced ...


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Any flag on a comment will put it in the moderator queue. If you feel it is sufficiently obvious why you find the comments offensive, you may use the "rude or offensive" flag. The advantage is that if enough people flag the same comment, it is auto-deleted and the mods don't even have to get involved. If you feel that more explanation is warranted, you ...


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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 "low quality" as wrong, but if you flag spam as spam, the post will be deleted sooner. To put your mind at rest, though, if a post gets shutdown through ...


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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 deletion. Note that answers that are clear and address the question at least a little, but are fundamentally wrong, should be downvoted, not deleted. A wrong ...


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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 to contact the Stack Exchange staffers. That's also what to do if you don't have the confidence that the moderators are able to deal with your issue. ...


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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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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 train our spam filter, which is why your flag was declined.


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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" to suggest that a question is possibly a duplicate of another. Only those with the close vote privileges can actually close questions as duplicates. You can ...


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