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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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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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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 ...


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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 editing,...


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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 grammar, ...


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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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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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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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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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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 of a ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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 available to you), just raise a custom mod flag letting us know what the issue is. That way the mods can take care of it. Thanks!


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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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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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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 "helpful" There is no such thing as "clearing" a flag so it doesn't exist unless you retract it yourself (though the flag becomes "Retracted" in your flag ...


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You can't retract flags. A moderator will see it and likely disagree with it. Assuming that happens that will count against your helpful flag totals but that's rather the point: don't flag things willy-nilly. I should point out that having declined flags is not the end of the world. Everybody who gets involved in flagging has a few so don't take it as a ...


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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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No, I think we keep these questions. Your example goes in with hindsight. If you know the answer is "there's a silly mistake in your configuration" that's fair enough but in the real world, you don't know that. You either have: A question that's really hard to answer A question that looks really hard to answer with an answer explaining that it's a ...


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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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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. The post has been rightfully deleted and sorry about that declined flag of yours. Please do continue to flag such out-of-place answers in the future and we'll ...


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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 done but you cannot answer in a way that supports that in any way... well, then you might not know it can't be done. If something can't be done, or can but it's ...


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