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Thank you to whoever removes spam from Ask Ubuntu

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 ...
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Thank you to whoever removes spam from Ask Ubuntu

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, ...
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First Amendment in Posts?

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 ...
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How do I flag correctly?

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 ...
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Why was this flag disputed?

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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Should an answer like remove Ubuntu and install (insert distro here) be flagged / downvoted?

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 ...
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How do I flag correctly?

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 ...
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Should I wait before flagging as "Unclear what you're asking"?

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 ...
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At 10k rep, can you flag still?

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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You are currently banned from flagging - view flags declined in the last 7 days

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 ...
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How strict should off-topic questions be flagged as such?

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' ...
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Should a post be flagged as spam if an author is clearly *not affiliated* with the promotion?

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,...
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Why am I able to flag my own questions?

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, ... ...
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A VLQ flag invalidated by a minor edit

The answer was indeed not helpful since the ~ are absolutely fine, as you pointed out. I have now deleted it. Next time, if a post requires attention and none of the standard flags fit (or are ...
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How can one retract or undo a flag on a post?

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 ...
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Why does my name not appear while flagging posts?

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 ...
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Should "try this" or "x doesn't work, use y" type answers be flagged?

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 ...
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Flag declined because OP edited their answer in the meantime and I wasn't notified

Moderators only get "Helpful" or "Declined" for flag states. In this case, I marked it as "declined" because at the time of the flag being reviewed, it was not valid, and I didn't find the flag to be ...
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Why my spam flag has been declined?

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 ...
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How to deal with "feature request" questions?

If someone asks how to do something that can't be done, and you know it can't be done and you can explain why or at least demonstrate that it cannot, then you can answer the question. If it can't be ...
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You are currently banned from flagging - view flags declined in the last 7 days

I recommend reading How do I flag correctly? if you have not yet done so. If an answer should be deleted because it does not attempt to address the question that was asked, that's not an answer. If ...
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Make it possible to retract flags on comments

This is a status-deferred request on Meta SE.
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Why not an answer flag declined?

It seems to have been a mistake, I think. I would agree with your flag. As others pointed out, it got deleted via community vote now anyway. Thanks for reporting and sorry for the confusion and ...
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What to do with answers that should be comments, but get deleted?

Only the very most valuable comments, when posted as answers, should be converted to comments rather than simply deleted. In particular, the threshold for converting an answer to a comment should not ...
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How strict should off-topic questions be flagged as such?

General usage of command line tools available on Ubuntu is usually on-topic here, as is shell scripting. On the other hand, I see no particular reason why that question should belong on SO; there is ...
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My flags have been waiting for review for 10+ days?

All the flags you have currently pending are close flags (flags for the closure of questions). These aren't shown to moderators directly, but are placed in a queue for users with 3,000, or more, ...
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What should I (or we) do about answers that obviously miss the point of the question entirely?

Yes, that post should have been deleted and has been deleted now. No matter what we claim, mods are humans too and sometimes, we overlook posts (just like that answerer) and mistakenly act on flags. ...
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Flags shouldn't be "declined" as if they were always invalid if they were valid when they were cast

So you have a situation where someone (you don't specify if it's the original author or some passing editor) takes the time to follow the link, suss out whatever is relevant on the other side, and ...
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Should "try this" or "x doesn't work, use y" type answers be flagged?

Thanks for bringing this up. I will add my voice to Zanna's and also state my, rather intense, dislike of that comment. First of all, it is very often wrong. Words like "try" and "might" are ...
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Which flag should be raised for answers about Kali Linux?

The OP wrote in the first sentence of his answer: We tried Kali & Ubuntu Linux on Crouton with Enlightment desktop and got the same error. The OP also posted the following comment below his ...
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