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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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Moderators are *not* the Software Police! (Read for details!)

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 ...
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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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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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How to find posts I had flagged?

In the Activity tab of your profile, click on the helpful flags item in the IMPACT box. Despite the name, this is the place where you can find all your flags, both helpful and declined.
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Why was this flag declined?

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 ...
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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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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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One-line response: what flag?

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 ...
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"Very low quality" vs "should be closed ---> unclear what you're asking" flags

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 ...
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Why do flags age away?

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)...
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Flag got declined but then reconsidered?

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 ...
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Flag disputed after post was edited

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 ...
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raised flag - cooled off - now want to temper it / edit it -- what can I do?

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 ...
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Flag disputed after post was edited

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 ...
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Attention: some of your recent flags have been declined - please review them before flagging this post!

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 ...
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Does a 10k+ user get notified of a flag on their post in chat?

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 ...
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Should rant posts be considered against the "Be Nice" policy ("Rude/Abusive" flaggable)?

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 ...
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Flag got declined but then reconsidered?

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. ...
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Reward for flags?

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

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 ...
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One-line response: what flag?

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 ...
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How does exactly the "not constructive" flag on comments affect posters?

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 ...
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Does the flags are for moderator attention?

If these flags are need for Mod review then why extra option for them(♦)? Because, sometimes what you want to say to moderators isn't listed in the predefined options, so you have a 500 long message ...
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