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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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 ...
ColleenV's user avatar
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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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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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"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 ...
Mari-Lou A's user avatar
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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.
Kit Z. Fox's user avatar
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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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What flag is appropriate for non-English, one-line answers?

I limit use of the "spam" or "abusive" flags to cases where I realize the post is intentionally abusive of the site or the community. These flags have a punitive effect that probably shouldn't be ...
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What's the best way to address an antisemitic slur suggested as an answer over a year ago?

There are two issues here. The linguistic/cognitive nature of the fact and then how this site deal with such things. There's no doubt it is an anti-semitic pejorative. It has only ever been used to ...
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Flag etiquette and effectiveness

Use comments to criticise posts, not users. Publicly advising a person can most likely upset them, and the issue is only magnified in the case of online text only exchanges where you do not show your ...
NVZ's user avatar
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What's the best way to address an antisemitic slur suggested as an answer over a year ago?

It must not have been an “anti-semitic slur” for Joe Biden, and I had never heard of it being considered that either. That said, it’s still a way to portray someone as a brutal loanshark unrelated ...
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How should reviewers (and other users) handle SLAs to SWRs?

See: Lots of not-always-useful but well-intentioned answers A single line answer should be removed even if it's not answering a word or phrase request. It is a comment posted as an answer. Downvotes ...
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What standard flag should I have used here?

This happens all the time. You don't need to flag it at all. Often in this situation, someone will (and should) leave a comment that this answer has already been given and that it adds nothing new (...
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