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Because it was a review of a suggested edit on their own post, something the post's owner has a binding vote on.


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It is my understanding that flags are always handled in bulk, so all flags are marked either helpful or declined. This can be confusing, since it may seem as though your consistent flagging is marked inconsistently, when really it is just a limitation of the system. (I normally mark flags according to the majority, so sometimes I may decline a flag and yet ...


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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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You can click the button in that situation, it's not wrong. I would recommend that, instead or as well, you comment and downvote, to explain that unsubstantiated half rememberings aren't helpful as answers and ask that they find a reputable source to back their fallible memories from decades ago. Obviously be more tactful than that. Maybe something like: ...


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Deletion of low quality content is a sticky wicket. I'm not sure that we have any clear guidelines, but your instincts are pretty much exactly what I would recommend. If content is off-topic, spam, or offensive, you should feel free to vote to delete it. That's clearly content that we don't want on our site. Unlike that type of content, low quality posts ...


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Slang is on-topic, but "what does a word mean" is usually not, because there are places to go to look up definitions. We have a list of general references and we expect that users try some of those. If they can't understand what they've found, or come up empty-handed, and they explain what research they've done and what their problem is, then their question ...


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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 and deletevotes are important feedback to the person posting. And they are often the only type of feedback that matters. Especially when combined with a ...


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Migration paths can only be set up by the Community Mod team, and a site is only allowed to have 4. Every site can migrate between the main site and its meta site. The other paths are harder to get set up and require demonstrating that there are many questions getting asked that are migration candidates. For the occasional migration, community members should ...


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Even anonymous users can suggest edits. This is what they see: Read more about it here.


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In the example you give, I agree with the decline: "not an answer" means just that, i.e. it's not even attempting to answer the question. Going on about an unrelated -th ending is totally wrong, but it's still an attempt at an answer. "Not an answer" would be asking a follow-up question ("But how do you explain the -th in 'believeth'?"), or making a comment ...


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Here's my take on this. If I encounter a SLA to a SWR in a first-posts or late-answers review, shall I flag it and if yes, how? While using the review queues, I am more inclined to flag SLAs as VLQ and those that don't answer the question as NAA, but sometimes I just edit them to help the new user. (say, Flag 70%, Edit/Comment 20%, Skip 10%) If I ...


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I have also seen very obviously correct flags get disputed and nothing ever comes of it. The flagged posts will just sit there unless you go grab a mod and whine about it convincingly. It would be handy to have some sort of appeal process for flags that you thought were indisputable. Sometimes people make mistakes when reviewing flags or have an ulterior ...


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I post this answer to distil the other high-voted answers into a clear guideline and also to suggest a more suiting comment: If you encounter an unreferenced answer to a single-word request (or similar) in the wild or in the first-posts or late-answers queue, flag for deletion (not an answer or very low quality). If you have more than 20 k reputation, ...


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This should be considerably less likely now (still possible, but less likely to occur on a regular basis). Jon and I put together a system of rules for determining the thresholds at which these indicators are displayed, which we'll be applying on a regular basis (to this and other sites). The critical issue for the LQ queue is that it generally takes 2-3 ...


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Just open the question in a new tab. The vote page will be there waiting for you on the original tab when you're finished looking at the question.


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