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Yes, they must be allowed We don't even have a choice in the matter, because we're unable to form any policy that would be fair and respectful to the vast majority of users if we start deleting any content on moral grounds. We don't make the moral rules. And if anybody is offended by any kind of content, that's not nice. But the alternative, imposing our ...


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Not to put down Mithrandir's answer or Charcoal which indeed does a terrific job, but it's not only the awesome Charcoal folks and SmokeDetector who keep Ask Ubuntu clear of spam, it's also site moderators and normal users like you and me. Until recently, every spam post had to be flagged by six site users (with at least 15 reputation) or one moderator to be ...


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Welcome and thank you for you continued contributions. What you're describing is considered a "Signature" on a post and they are highly discouraged in Stack Exchange platform. You're more than welcome to edit your profile page to include "Thank you and as always, God Bless" which everyone will see when they roll over your name or visit your profile. This isn'...


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The following are some guidelines for flagging on Ask Ubuntu. These guidelines are derived from existing policies set out in the help center, Ask Ubuntu Meta and Meta SE, and were further refined by a discussion between the current mods. First, a few general points about flagging: As a general rule, if the problem you see with a post can be fixed by ...


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You're welcome! ;) We're an organization known as Charcoal, or Charcoal-SE. Check out our website https://charcoal-se.org for some amazing spam detection! But seriously.... yeah, we're Charcoal, and that's our website. We detect spam all over the Stack Exchange network - not just Ask Ubuntu, but Stack Overflow, Super User, Math.SE, Bitcoin.SE, just to ...


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Agreed. It's a poorly named flag. I wish it was more like this: Unsalvageably Bad No number of edits can save this illegible excuse of a post so let's agree to douse it in petrol and set it alight as an example to others. This is reserved for posts that are beyond meaningful editing. If it's just poorly formatted, or could do with some help with ...


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This is the comment used to inform users that "Me too" is not a valid answer: If you have a NEW question, please ask it by clicking the Ask Question button. If you have sufficient reputation, you may upvote the question. Alternatively, "star" it as a favorite and you will be notified of any new answers. If you have a NEW question, please ask it by ...


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First off, read the section on flagging in the help center - there's a ton of good information there, and links to more. Second... Don't think too hard. Flagging is something that's made available to almost everyone who uses the site constructively even a little bit - as such, it generally doesn't rely on flaggers knowing a whole lot about how things work. ...


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The answer "your problem is this bug", specifying the bug by link, is an answer. It could be better. But deleting it is a much, much worse outcome for the op and searchers than just leaving it there.


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mod roles. Mods are glorified janitors - we try to do our best to cleanup where things are drastically/dramatically need our intervention. Examples - spam, bad language, etc etc. However, we - like you - are users of the site who can edit and fix-up questions and answers with gramatical errors, typos, poor headings etc. Language issues fall in the latter ...


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If it's helpful and good quality, it's fine. If the answer that recommends a different distro is high quality and contributes in some significant way to the question, leave it alone. This may occasionally occur; sometimes one operating system really is far better suited to a particular task than some other operating system. The hallmark of good, acceptable ...


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The correct way is to vote based on the content. Is it a good question? - Vote it up. Is it a bad question? - Vote it down. Don't just vote to counter down-votes. There are two problems with flagging a question for moderator attention because of a down-vote. A moderator should not be there to judge a down-vote and invalidate it if he thinks it was not ...


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Hammer it with flags. The community will auto-nuke it if it gets enough. Or a real mod will see it and they can do fun stuff, like banning the user. If you want to edit it, you can, but don't do that at the cost of waiting to flag.


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We allow it... The context here that started all this is an answer which describes an addon that allows somebody to search for porn. The answer itself is not pornographic. If somebody is offended by porn they don't look at it. That's usually fairly simple. If somebody looked at this answer, they would not see porn so nobody has been harmed. If somebody ...


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Comments are very clearly second-class citizens in the system, and we delete them much more briskly than questions or answers. So I'd say it's okay to flag (and subsequently delete) them for mild rudeness, given that the comment doesn't add anything useful to the question. Rude comments are seldom useful, but when they happen to be, I tend to just edit them....


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UPDATE: This is way more than normal, seems like a coordinated attack, I've informed a mod who will likely inform the StackExchange folks, please keep flagging until you can't flag no more! There's no need to worry, between you and the other amazing community contributors your personal limit doesn't really matter, there's enough people flagging to make ...


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Yes, you would still have the ability to flag when you hit 10k, however, the system does not allow you to review your own flags.


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Logical simple way of viewing it lets us divide this in 2 types of spam: The post related to the question in case (as in: it could be an answer) but connected to a commercial product/information or owned/developed by the user; The post is pure spam and has nothing to do with the site or the information we normally deal with; First case should make us ...


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As Thomas Ward puts it We are a bit harsh when it comes to the use of the VLQ flag. We reserve the VLQ flag for totally, completely, unsalvageable crap, not for unclear questions. [...] VLQ has some specific things that go along with it - an automated downvote and automatic processes behind the scenes that ultimately reflect poorly against the poster ...


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This is 100% about using a command line tool that ships with Ubuntu as part of the coreutils package. There aren't many tools that are more Ubuntu. In the same way that we answer Ubuntu users' questions about Firefox and LibreOffice, this is completely on-topic. Without questions like this, there'd only be five questions left on Ask Ubuntu. And there'll be ...


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I tend to think of the answer as appropriate if: It's evident that the user is after a specific way of doing something, but the goal can be accomplished in another way It's appears that the question is a bug complaint, but there is a known work-around Don't do it answers are, I think, occasionally appropriate. Most often more appropriate as comments, ...


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Should I give time to user to clear it's question by commenting on it? You should do both ASAP, without waiting. Comment and flag. That way if they don't improve their question it gets closed (since it's unanswerable and even if someone answers when OP edit it may invalidate answers it may have) and if they do improve the close voters will vote to leave ...


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That's because flagging a post is not the same as casting a vote to close (commonly abbreviated as VTC around here). Everyone with at least 15 reputation can flag a post but only users with 3000 reputation or more can vote to close (see https://askubuntu.com/help/privileges/close-questions). The names that appeared in your example were those who voted to ...


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OmgUbuntu is not Spam; it is a much frequented Ubuntu blog and links to it pop up occasionally, and I don't believe we want such posts being Spam-flagged when we use links to it in chat or on the site, so this is not Spam. It is however not answering the question; it's saying thanks, so it is delete-worthy. As I was likely the first one to review this ...


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Because flagging is better than deleting most of the time¹... A duplicate is a placeholder for the next person googling an answer. An off-topic question points to StackOverflow, Unix & Linux, ... A flag for Moderator attention can still get the attention of a mod that you're being bullied not being treated like you should, ... ... Note¹: The notable ...


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Following this longstanding request on Meta Stack Exchange you can now retract flags you have cast. Simply click the "flag" button again on the post you flagged and the "Flag Answer" (or "Flag Question") button becomes "Retract Flag". This does not work on comments.


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The answer in question is not considered spam for several reasons. I will be quoting from Seth's answer on the related post about what constitutes spam to analyze this. Advertisement Is this an advertisement? Does it read like an advertisement? Spam usually sounds very promotional. The original text of the answer reads: I prefer to use virtual ...


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I am going to take the opportunity to say I personally dislike that Yoda comment a lot! Here is a completely awesome answer framed as a suggestion... However, when the person answering actually doesn't seem to know what they are talking about, I usually downvote and comment to say something like "have you tested this?". If the suggestion is bad, then I ...


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In cases like this, upvote the comment (if it really has merit, because sometimes it doesn't, so evaluate first ;), and you can flag as well to send it up in the flag queue. It helps if multiple people flag the same thing. Once a question is flagged in this manner, moderators AND 10k+ users are notified, and will usually take action, though we moderators ...


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