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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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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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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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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 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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How do I cancel a close vote?

If I have marked any question for close by mistake and it shouldn't be closed, then how can I remove the close vote of mine from that question?
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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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Is there a way to move the flagging dialogue?

Sometimes when flagging a question I would like to look at those parts of it which are hidden by the dialogue.
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Is there some congestion in the flag review queue?

I see 12 Flags "awaiting review", all 22 hours old. I am in no hurry - I am concerned by the possibility that something might be broken.
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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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How do I flag a question with two different questions in it?

I found this question posted by a new user who is having some issues with his new Ubuntu 12.10 installation. He asked two different questions in it, one about no wireless with his Broadcom 4313 (which ...
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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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How to mark question as duplicate? What happens when I click on flag?

I was hesitant to rampantly flag a question (which I considered a duplicate), because I feared this would automatically disrepute the question and/or - even worse - the question-asker. So, How to ...
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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 there a queue of flagged questions?

I often find questions which I flag as dup, to close or other. However I have the impression that not many other had a look at them. So my question is: Is there some queue or list for non-moderations ...
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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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Are my flags helpful?

I was looking at the posts I flagged on AskUbuntu to see whether my flags were helpful or not. I saw that all my flags were accepted but two: A flag on a question about computer science which has ...
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Flagging and answering? [duplicate]

Is it proper/accepted/correct etiquette to answer a question (for rep, bounty, etc.), but then flag it as a duplicate? Or is this considered "gaming the system"?
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How can I take back my request for moderator attention [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can one retract or undo a flag on a post? I had used the it needs ♦ moderator attention flagging option asking for moderator to close this question, as I has asked it in ...
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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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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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I'm not able to flag after using all my close votes

I've used up my close votes for the day, so I am trying to flag duplicates instead. I can no longer flag a duplicate for moderator attention. I have 39 flags remaining, this should work. (I'm ...
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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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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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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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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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Should humorously bad answers by known trolls be flagged?

When a user has only ever previously used the site for trolling, and then they post an answer that looks like it might be a genuine attempt to answer the question, except: The answer is not likely to ...
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How to know if a question is flagged apart from guessing from the downvotes?

Apart from the visible down-votes to a particular question considered as off-topic or irrelevant, how to know that it is flagged for deletion with x number of flags. Same thing for answers too. I ...
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Edit flag for users

I have seen several questions which are asked by users who does not know English very well, (sometimes just bad, including myself). I want to propose an Edit flag, which users can raise to aware ...
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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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Flagging Dispute: Flag Decline by @jrg on question "internet Connection problem in ubuntu 12.04- pppoeconf" [closed]

Flagged Answer: https://askubuntu.com/a/154482/10616 I flagged this answer as "Not an Answer" with the reasoning: "Not an Answer since the OP explicitly stated the command initially (so repeating ...
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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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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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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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Can comments not part of a discussion still be flagged as "too chatty"?

Is it sometimes appropriate to flag comments as "too chatty" even if they are not actually part of discussion taking place in comments? Here are some made up examples where I would be tempted to flag ...
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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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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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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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Wrong flag on question

This question has been flagged as "too localized" Unity does not run .xsession/.Xsession/.xsessionrc/.xinitrc on login this is clearly wrong, just look at all the other questions talking about ...
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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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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 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 happened to flag weight

Just now I observed that my profile is no longer showing "flag weight" instead it is showing "helpful flags". Where did flag weight go? Is it being replaced with helpful flags count?
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Could we migrate outdated answers to community wiki mode?

One trait that makes AskUbuntu different from many SE communities is that our subject matter changes at a six-month clip. The answer for new versions is often very different from the answers for older ...
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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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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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Inconsistent flag handling?

One was declined, one was marked "helpful" This was flagged as not a real question - however, what ended up happening... audio stopped working sudden in a .avi file - it got closed as too localized, ...
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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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Notifications of flags

I want to get notifications of stuff that I flagged. I would like to know: What question/answer it's about If it was declined or accepted I want this notification on askubuntu.com Possible ...
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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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