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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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I'm concerned that, at a glance, I infer moderators aren't worried about piracy here. That's not the case and, thankfully, also not what you say, but it gets a bit bogged down by reiterating the same ~"don't bother us with this stuff" stuff. The act of software piracy has no place on Ask Ubuntu. It's either completely superfluous to the question... Like ...


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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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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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Well, no. As explained here, link-only answers should be flagged as "not an answer" (NaA) and not as "low quality" (LQ). The description of the LQ flag is: This question has severe formatting or content problems. This question is unlikely to be salvageable through editing, and might need to be removed. A link-only answer is very easily improved. All it ...


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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, if no one cares about it and it's just sitting there unanswered, let's get rid of it, I voted to close.


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There is a reasonable train of thought behind "edit to fix it" with offensive content. After all, once the offensive content is removed from the post, no harm comes to the reader anymore and as such the post is now "valuable". While that's true, editing a spam/offensive post is still not a good idea. Fixing such posts for a user rewards their behaviour - ...


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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, reputation to review. It's a pretty big queue and each post requires an average of ~3 or so reviews to be considered "handled", it can take a wile. All other ...


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The flags have not changed, but the answer there focusses mainly on answers and doesn't seem to consider the case you mention, flagging to close (when you earn the close / reopen voting privilege this will redirect to the closing dialog). However, it tells you exactly when to use the very low quality flag: VLQ should only be used for things that are so ...


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One line answers themselves aren't necessarily bad. "To fix this foo the bar" is an answer. Not the most descriptive answer, but is one. Don't flag these. I don't downvote these, but you are free to if you really feel you should. I don't see any reason why. When an answer is nothing but a link and some text, e.g. "yo, check out my blog for the solution [...


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You are misreading it. Those are posts that you have flagged. Some of them are spam/threats (The Indian Hacker Team), and there are a few others in the same vein.


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In this case, a flag to close a question, it's handled by users with 3,000 or more reputation in the Close Votes review queue. It's quite full, 170 questions (though nowhere near Stack Overflow levels) and that means that for some questions the review never gets completed. Even though there may be enough active reviewers, if the decision to close a question ...


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Your comment clarifies that your goal was to raise a flag that indicated the question should be closed because it was unclear. You can flag a post as unclear what you're asking. But because it is a close reason, you must do it by clicking the should be closed... option. You should only do this when the question does actually qualify for closure--not if it'...


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What Zanna said. I would also like to take this opportunity to ask everyone to only use the rude and offensive flag when the entire post is rude or offensive or when the offensive nature is such that the OP truly is unwelcome here. If a post simply contains a swear word or two, just edit and remove them and leave a comment explaining to the OP that such ...


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Do you know that most of the drivers for Linux wasn't made by the hardware manufacturer but was coded by someone from the open-source community? That the hardware manufacturer doesn't support Linux it doesn't mean that we shouldn't use their hardware on Linux, so questions about hardwares without official Linux support doesn't make the question invalid. ...


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No, offensive or spam content should be flagged as either spam or offensive. These two options are equivalent and will result in the post being removed without moderator intervention once enough flags have been raised. Additionally, posts removed in this way will count as a deleted post (which, if the user gets enough of them, will prevent them posting more ...


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Retracting Flags As Zanna says, the appropriate action when you have raised a flag that you have then realized is wrong or unhelpful is to retract the flag. Most (but not all) types of flags can be retracted. Flags on questions and answers, including the custom "in need of moderator intervention" flag where you type in a description of what is ...


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Maybe this is just a comment, but I think that flag was disputed on purpose. Flags are "disputed" for at least two reasons: Currently, the following scenarios may result in a flag being disputed: A spam or "rude or abusive" flag is cleared (but not declined) by a moderator. These flags are unique in that they can impose lasting ...


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I think that the important heuristic we should apply to rants to decide what flag to use should be: Would I flag it as rude or abusive even if I didn't disagree with the opinion it expresses? If the answer is "yes," then we are likely using that flag correctly. Otherwise it's just not an answer. People sometimes rant about how Ubuntu is great or--more ...


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So now that I have reviewed my flags, why am I still getting this? The trigger of the message is simple: X% declined flags of the flags handled in the last Y days. It doesn't matter if you already reviewed the flags that were declined, the message will continue to appear until you get more helpful flags or the date the flags were declined pass.


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Even moderators are not notified that a flag has been raised on their own message. Moderators (but not 10k users) can see a history of flagged message for any user including themselves. This log does not include the identity of the flagger.


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There are two different types of flags that one can raise: Moderator-only flags which can only be seen and handled by moderators. These age-away/expire based on guidelines given in the following question: When are moderator flags automatically dismissed as "aged away" by the system? Review flags which go to their respective review-queues (low ...


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Nice catch, but I would consider it a feature as opposed to a bug.


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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. Your flag was a "Very Low Quality" flag. Not an "Unclear what you're asking flag". I, for one, judge VLQ flags with the harshest scrutiny: "Is the question able to be salvaged or to be better ...


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Ambiguous original post is ambiguous - this section makes the assumption that "+1" means rep. Just like voting in Meta doesn't get you rep, you shouldn't be given rewards for flagging things for moderator attention, or marking things as spam, etc. on the main site - if flags got people reputation, it'd be an incentive to make flags necessary which opens a ...


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For example, in case you want delete your own question, but question already has an answer and that answer is accepted or upvoted. Then you might not be able to do that. So you need to flag the question for moderator attention to request deletion.


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Flags aren't handled by moderators anymore. Any flag to close a question is added to the Close queue immediately and the flag isn't marked as helpful until someone casts a close votes, or all reviewers consider to leave the question open, in which case it's marked as declined. The review queue has a backlog and reviewers are dealing with them.


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If not reviewed from the review queue: Very Low Quality. The review system has a "link only answer that is not spam". I would also advice to comment about it how answers should be made an actual answer. Editing the answer and including contents of the the link though ... don't. If it is the only answer I myself might/would include an answer myself.


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None. None at all. The only flags that have an immediate and automatic affect on the post are spam and offensive flags and they only have consequences on posts, not on comments. So feel free to flag away :)


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