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Thank you to whoever removes spam from Ask Ubuntu

... whoever manages / monitors this forum and removes the annoying spam health / medical rubbish which appears is doing a fantastic job. This is for Ubuntu questions, not 411 spam. Keep up the good ...
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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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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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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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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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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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When are "you can do this different thing instead" answers considered good?

Sometimes someone asks how to do something that is very hard, unlikely to have the intended effects, or fundamentally impossible or meaningless due to an insufficient understanding of what it would ...
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Recommend Deletion option in Late Answers review queue does nothing - please flag posts that should be deleted

Just a quick PSA here - thanks to BeastOfCaerbannog I've realised that the new Recommend Deletion option in the Late Answers queue completes the review and gives you the option to leave the canned ...
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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 wait before flagging as "Unclear what you're asking"?

Sometimes it’s unclear what a user is asking to understand questions properly. I had flagged such questions as "Unclear what you're asking" and all deemed helpful also. Should I give time to the user ...
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Off-topic flagging links should be HTTPS now

When flagging a question, most links in the dialog that comes up are now HTTPS instead of HTTP, but it seems like the off-topic links (in Flagging > Closing > Off-Topic and in Flagging > Closing > Off-...
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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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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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Please add a new privilege that allows unlimited flagging to help combat spam!

A massive spam attack happened and I am only allowed to flag 9 of them. I didn't see any privileges that lifts this limit. If, at a certain point, this restriction is lifted, then delete this ...
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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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Make it possible to retract flags on comments

I have noticed that if I mistakenly flag a comment, I am not able to retract the flag afterwards. I think it would be a good feature to add the possibility to retract flags on comments.
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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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Why are my comment flags continually getting rejected?

A little while ago I asked (Should I flag comments such as “I agree”, “+1 for x”, or “I changed x in my post”?) if certain kinds of comments should be flagged as useless, and got told that I should ...
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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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A flag in the Off Topic flag menu that shouldn't be there?

When I open the Flag menu for a question or answer and select the Closing -> Off-Topic I see the next possible flag: This describes a problem that can't be reproduced that seemingly went away on ...
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Flag a Down Vote

I came across a question this evening which I thought was unfairly down voted. I instinctively up voted to counter the down vote, however this might not have been the correct way of handling this ...
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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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When to flag as "Moderator attention"

I flagged a answer in this question As "In need of moderator attention" on a answer that was: sudo rm -rf /var/lib/mysql My flag was declined, perhaps because I was not specific enough. I did not ...
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Best way to notify the moderators?

So in the wake of the UFC-spam attack last night, I (like many of you) used-up all of my flags trying to fight the onslaught of crap being posted on our site. At one point, I noticed my flag amount ...
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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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Why not an answer flag declined?

I raised a flag, not a answer (link only answer) for this answer. Answer only provide youtube tutorial link . But flag is declined with message: declined - flags should not be used to indicate ...
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How can I report user profile as inappropriate?

Is there a way to report a user based on their profile? I found a user whose profile description is clearly promoting a strip club as is their profile pic. I'm looking to report them based on their ...
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Should we commment on spam to get it deleted faster?

Recently I observe that obvious spam often gets far more down votes than spam flags would be needed for community deleting and locking: Should we in case of an obvious spam post leave a comment so ...
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Is there a Ubuntu classroom about flagging?

jrg in chat: If the moderators were to come up with a chat session (like the Ubuntu classroom days or something) that talked about flagging, and how helpful it is, and the minor nuances of ...
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Basic guide to deal with answers

With the recent acquisition of 10K reputation I've seen people flagging NAA wrong answers... this is not what the Not an Answer flag is for, for that is the Down Vote button! In which cases NAA should ...
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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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Feature improvement for flags history

This question is asked on MSE at the following link for more visibility: Make it easier to distinguish accepted and declined flags in addition to pending ones in flags history In the flag summary ...
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You are currently banned from flagging - view flags declined in the last 7 days

I'm banned from flagging but I don't know why. I flagged these three answers as very low quality: Want to remove a failed software install Can't uninstall any apps from Ubuntu Software ...
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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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Why was this flag disputed?

I flagged this answer as not an answer, due to it just suggesting a bug report but the flag was disputed. I understand what a disputed flag is. I am more interested in if I am wrong to flag these ...
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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 we allow links to fundraising and the like in questions?

Today, 355273: How to Install 0 A.D on every version of Ubuntu and contribute to its indiegogo page caught my eye. The question contained (in both question and answer) various links to the indiegogo ...
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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 ...
Radu Rădeanu's user avatar
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Is a problem that a single user is having "too localised"?

Sometimes a user has a problem that is almost certainly unique to him- or herself. The question is "My system is broken. Why? Here are my configuration files." and the answer is "There's a typo on ...
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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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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 ...
Eliah Kagan's user avatar
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Conflicting information on how to treat duplicate questions

When I found a duplicate question recently, I noticed some conflicting information on how new users like myself should handle such. On Privileges - Cast Close and Reopen Votes it says that: If ...
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What happens when all ten moderator flags get used up?

What happens when all ten moderator flags get used up? Does a moderator look if I am flagging the right posts and then refill them so that I can continue to flag posts for moderator attention? Or do I ...
Nitin Venkatesh's user avatar
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Should I not flag questions that are duplicates?

I recently flagged this question as an exact duplicate of this one. A little later, in my flagging summary I got the message declined - flags should only be used to make moderators aware of ...
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At 10k rep, can you flag still?

Once you reach 10k rep, which I think is where you can review flags, can you flag or not? Because it seems pretty silly if you can...
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Should a post be flagged as spam if an author is clearly *not affiliated* with the promotion?

While I was going through the review queues today, I came across this answer: My original reaction was to flag it as spam, but then I reread the description under the spam flag: spam ...
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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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