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How do I flag correctly?

As there are many complaints about uncertainty of which flag to use for what post and even conflicting feedbacks from different moderators or established users, I would like to see some kind of ...
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How can one retract or undo a flag on a post?

OK, to give an example - How does one customize Kubuntu Search and Launch (with the Plasma-Netbook interface)? When the user posted the answer it clearly wasnt an answer - in this case it was just ...
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How do I flag my question for re-opening?

Sometimes questions get closed as a duplicate, when they might not be one. A comment should be left by the close-voter for the user explaining how to get their question re-opened if the duplicate ...
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What does each flag reason mean, and when should I use them?

I'm ready to dive in and help the moderators weed out content which requires their attention. What does each flag mean and when is the best time to use it?
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What should we do about answers with Link Rot?

Many times users simply post an answer to a question which contains a link to an offsite page with little or no context. When that link breaks, what should the policy be to handle those?
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Under what specific conditions should a question be flagged as "very low quality"? [duplicate]

I was going along doing some editing and whatnot on the main site when I hit a question that just looked so ugly quality-wise that I could not think of how one might be able to edit it back into ...
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How do I cancel a flag request? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: how to undo a flagging I don't see a way to cancel a "flag for moderation" request once I've made it, if I see that it was in error. Is there a way to do it? If not, should ...
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Does it make sense to flag non-English questions?

I think that the scope of a flag is to make moderators aware of content that request their intervention. And also I think that this site really only support English. Now, some of moderators can find ...
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Should I flag answers with just a link to another site?

I've been going through review lately and flagging answers. I come across a lot of answers like this one that just have a link with no explanation. Personally, I really dislike these types of answers....
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Moderators should be able to mark questions as answered

I know about similar requests, but after stumbling over this question (just an example; question poster answered himself using edits instead of an answer) I thought you should at least add an option ...
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Please don't flag link-only answers as Very Low Quality

Lately I notice that many link-only (or link-mainly) answers are being flagged as Very Low Quality, so I am taking to meta to ask y'all to use the Not An Answer flag for link-only answer (LOA) posts ...
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Should comments be flagged for "light" rudeness?

I will give the example of this answer. It was a bad answer, not much information in it, not really a good work around. A bad answer is a bad answer, we all understand that. Now, I look at the user ...
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Should I flag "me too" answers?

I am seeing a small issue with "me too"s on a few questions, especially common hardware that often has driver issues, like this question. Should this be flagged, commented, or something else?
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What should I (or we) do about answers that obviously miss the point of the question entirely?

I came across this answer to “Adobe PDF for Ubuntu 64 bit 15.10” recently. The question is about installing Adobe Reader on recent Ubuntu releases. The answer explains the whole story with the ...
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What to do with answers that are just a link to a page that requires registration/login to view?

This answer is an example of an answer that is just a link, and to a page that requires a user account just to view. Creating an account on that external site is free. You can even log in with a ...
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Should users be able to flag comments as obsolete that they have previously upvoted?

I understand why I cannot flag a comment I've upvoted. When I upvote a comment, it means I think it is of especially high quality. But an especially high quality comment can become obsolete (for ...
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Why does my name not appear while flagging posts?

This is a question, not a growl. So I flagged a question one day and I was happy for flagging that post and moved on. But when I came back, it did have the [closed] symbol, but it did not make my ...
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Can moderators confirm abandoned questions should be closed TL, not NARQ?

For quite some time, we've been using the too localized close reason for abandoned questions. Of course, if the question merits closure for another reason--it's a duplicate, it couldn't have been ...
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Is it OK to post, and how should we deal with, non-English (or partly non-English) answers intended for translation? [duplicate]

Questions in languages other than English, or which contain non-English text and translated text, have been discussed before on meta. But what about answers that are written in other languages? How ...
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Flagging Duplicate questions when answers are not accepted

What do you do when you find there is a duplicate question which has some answers, but none of the answers are accepted or upvoted. Do you still flag it as a duplicate even though the OP may not get ...
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More destinations for off-topic questions

Often, I see a question that is off-topic, but I only see options on the flagging interface to flag for a close or to flag to send it to meta, which is quite limited. Is this by design since other ...
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If you're having a repeat problem with a user…

... Bring it to the mods' attention. Don't take on the user multiple times. We've had a few separate instances over the last couple of months where higher-reputation users have actively (or passively) ...
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Should questions/answers dealing with "adult" software be flagged as inappropriate?

This question is being posted largely in response to this answer describing the "Adult Lens and Porn Scope" and how to install it. As Roland Taylor and I commented on the answer, we have concerns ...
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How to flag an off-topic question on a non-linux OS?

The question Since the new flags for closing (which I applaud) it is unclear to me how I can flag a question about Windows, Mac, Solaris or whatever which clearly does not belong here. I want to flag ...
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Please do not flag as low quality for no reason

Please read this question and its answers first: Regarding "Low Quality" flag The problem: I've noticed that a small number of users on this site regularly flag questions as low quality, ...
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Should I add another flag as well?

Often times I see on a question a comment like this: If I feel that is a duplicate, should I also add a flag? Or should I not, since there's already (probably) a flag on the question? Or, should I ...
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Spam Flag declined.. exactly what *is* the line?

I flagged this answer, and questions by this user on SU, SF, UL and here - he has had a clear pattern of similar posts with minimal content, linking back to the site. This sort of breaks the self ...
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Should an answer like remove Ubuntu and install (insert distro here) be flagged / downvoted?

The question Should an answer like remove Ubuntu and install Slackware be flagged? arose myself while answering Let's not do “I don't know how to fix your problem, so just reinstall", so I decided to ...
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Should spam posts be edited, or still just flagged?

We've had an upswing of spam recently (hopefully short-lived), and I've noticed a few users editing spam posts to remove links. This has traditionally been considered a wrong approach on Ask Ubuntu. ...
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Should I report comments (in any way at all) that aren't spam but aren't constructive?

I'm looking at this question in which someone is giving pretty unhelpful answers in the comments attached to the question. I don't think this person is really trying to be unhelpful, but the comments ...
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Should spam-only accounts always be deleted?

Should accounts that have posted spam and don't appear to have contributed any non-spam content to the site always be deleted? My understanding--from limited observation and this may be wrong!--is ...
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Should comments that answer a question be marked obsolete after full answers are posted?

Sometimes a comment is posted that answers a question. This is not even always wrong--sometimes the comment is insufficiently detailed to constitute a good answer. Then, sometime later, a good, ...
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Why was this "not an answer" flag declined?

To my surprise I saw this in my flagging history: My computer boots up with Ubuntu: How can I tell what's on my hard disk? - answered 1 hour ago by TomC not an answer – 46 mins ago ...
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Add Unix and Linux to the off topic menu

Sometimes I come across questions that I believe to be better suited on the Unix and Linux StackExchange site. E.g. How can I set up radius authentication properly? . When using the flag as off ...
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Which flag should be raised for answers about Kali Linux?

I came across this answer for this question. We tried Kali Linux on Crouton with Enlightment desktop, and got the same error. It turns out they changed dbus to use different options syntax, or ...
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Flagging message, for ubuntu +1 questions

I think we need a specific flagging message under offtopic because, for ubuntu +1(Saucy Salamander) questions? Update: Some relevant screenshots. As we can see above, we can mark offtopic based on ...
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How long will I be flag banned for?

I'm flag banned at the moment (I had 4 declined in the last 7 days. That seems a little harsh, but that's not the topic of this discussion). There is no indication of any way to get out of this ban, ...
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What to do with answers that should be comments, but get deleted?

As the reputation requirement to comment is pretty high (50), many new users who want to contribute to the site use answers to leave a comment on questions, e.g. to request additional information ...
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Should really good/detailed "me too" answers have their content merged into the question?

Usually "me too" answers don't contribute much to working on the problem, but sometimes they do, as when they present details that are subtly different than (or more detailed than) what is provided by ...
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Should "try this" or "x doesn't work, use y" type answers be flagged?

From a discussion in chat, opening to a wider audience: I tend to flag answers with "Try this" or "Use Y because X doesn't work" as "Not an answer" to avoid having to downvote and lose precious ...
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Should otherwise obsolete comments sometimes be retained for the community opinion their upvotes express?

Sometimes a comment with lots of upvotes is still obsolete and should be removed. This is usually the case, for example, when it requests information that the OP then provides (and provides in such a ...
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Flag got declined but then reconsidered?

I flagged this question and it got declined. Later on I checked and saw the question was put on hold as I had requested, so this means the mod did not review my flag properly (?) and then maybe ...
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Consequences of getting "Declined Flags" [duplicate]

I guess the question 'how many 'decined flags' do a user get to make' is pointless, so, what are the consequences, if any, of getting too many? How does the system calculates declined flags (n ...
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How strict should off-topic questions be flagged as such? [duplicate]

I flagged this question as off-topic. The question absolutely does not belong on Ask Ubuntu but on Stack Overflow or similar. But the flag got declined and that's bad for my reputation (?). It makes ...
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