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How should I flag link-only answers?

I noticed this link-only answer and thought I should flag it, but discovered that "link-only" is not in the criteria under the "I am flagging to report this answer as... " "...
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How can I flag an off-topic post?

How do I flag posts for being off topic? There isn't any option for that when I try to flag a post. Is it appropriate to use the custom flagging option (I think it is the moderator intervention one..)?...
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Problem with new user

A new user has been asking questions (mostly) about Newtonian Mechanics from time to time (which happens to be my top tag). Said user generally begins questions with "I aspire to become like you ...
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Flagging non-mainstream comments in questions and answers

In this question Why doesn't a photon state have to be infinite in length? in the answer given by [user A] there is a comment by [user B] that is advertising his/her personal theory on photons. I ...
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Flag declined even thought it was (possibly) correct

I've flagged this post with the 'other' option for flags, and described it as 'Homework question'. The post was closed as a homework question, and my flag was declined. The justification was that I ...
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Should I flag non-CW resource recommendation posts for moderator attention?

As far as I know, the current site policy we have is that resource recommendation questions should be community-wiki. Also, as far as I know, only moderators can make other people's questions ...
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Comments on declined flags: thank you mods

I noticed over the last few months that some moderators add short comments when flags are declined. This is a very good initiative as it often provides context on the thinking of the mods in taking ...
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How can I accomplish the removal of comments by another participant, on an answer I had posted, that might be considered derogatory?

About 24 hours ago, I posted an edit to my answer to a PSE question concerning the time when interstellar travel (in any form, or, at least, without specification of its form) might have begun: As ...
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What's the criteria for a comment "no longer needed" flag?

Reading the answer by SuperCiocia to this question Should we flag comments like "Thank you"?, I learned about the comment flag for "no longer needed". I thought this was ...
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Should we flag comments like "Thank you"?

This is how flagging is described in help centre: Flagging is a way of bringing inappropriate content to the attention of the community. Are comments like, "Thank you","Good question&...
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Keeping track of “abuse” (or other) flags?

Do PSE mods (or SE more generally) keep track of comments deleted for “ harassment, bigotry, or abuse”. Should they? If yes, are there consequences for repeat offenders?
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Should I use VLQ flags for inadequate/one-line answers?

I am a bit confused about how to use the VLQ flag. I saw this one-line answer and thus left a comment asking the OP to elaborate and at the same time flagged it as a VLQ answer, because the info of ...
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What should be done about a user asking the same question 5 times in two days?

A user has asked five almost identical questions about a misunderstanding of rope tension during the past two days. They are receiving similar answers, but don't agree with or accept any of them. ...
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Flagging vandalism

If I see a post which is vandalism (like this one, only visible to 10k users -- consisting of random characters), what am I supposed to flag it as? (Concretely, I remember both "spam" and "rude or ...
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How can I flag a harmful anonymous suggested edit?

I'm new to the "Suggested Edits" review queue. Recently, I was asked to review an edit suggested by an anonymous user which if accepted would actively harm our site. I rejected the edit. Is there a ...
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Should contributions to the community be made compulsory?

Just yesterday, I read this and there dmckee♦ posted this comment, and he said: ...relatively small fraction of the eligible users apply their power with any regularity. Now there is already a ...
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How can I re-flag a question?

There are some posts which I have flagged and some action is genuinely required for those posts. I would say they are recent, but there were even more recent flags raised by me which were quickly ...
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Penalty time for obscene posts?

I’ve noticed that obscene, offensive posts get deleted fairly quickly, perhaps automatically based on the large negative downvote they get. But I have not noticed offenders quickly being given penalty ...
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Ask to have questionable activity reviewed

I have seen some similar questions answered by a certain same person. And when I post my answer, it immediately get voted down by that person before even enough time for them to see it. They may be ...
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Why can't I suggest "Chemistry Stack Exchange" as another site when flagging a question as off-topic? [duplicate]

I've recently noticed that when I flag something as off-topic by suggesting it to another site(in order to get better answers for that question) I only see the options of Physics Meta Stack Exchange ...
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Possibility to retract flag on comments [closed]

I have noticed that even if I mistakenly flag a comment, I cannot be able to retract the flag afterward... I think it will be a good feature to add the possibility to retract flags on comments.
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Spam flag on nonsense garbage declined

Sorry for raising this up weeks later, because I just checked my flag logs today. My spam flag on this answer was declined - a moderator reviewed your flag, but found no evidence to support it (Note:...
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Is a good 'accepted flag ratio' defined?

What's a good ratio for $\frac{\text{Number of declined + disputed flags}}{\text{(Number of flags raised) - (Number retracted)}}$? Just an approximate... 1:50, 1:75, 1:100 or something rough. It ...
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Should we leave super wrong highly downvoted posts visible or should we delete them?

This answer (10K only; screenshot) is an example of a "super wrong" post. For the purposes of this discussion, a "super wrong" post is an answer which not only is factually incorrect but is incorrect ...
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The problem with spam flags

I have flagged quite a few posts and answers, 2 of which were spam flags and both were declined. Why? Isn't spam anything redundant and lengthy? For instance, if a person's answer is "...
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Question ID on mobile app

I was wondering how do I find the question ID of a particular question in order to flag it as a duplicate. How can I find the question ID of any particular question?
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Offensive user name

Is there a way to flag a user for the name? I noticed this user's name after answering this question. I don't know about any policies on user names, but this one seems like it could very well ...
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What happens to helpful flagged posts [duplicate]

I see my flag being marked as helpful. What does that mean? I do not see the post being removed, or anything happening to it. Why?
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Why are some posts shown with a pink background in the list of flags I've raised?

Upon looking under the list of posts I flagged, some are pending/ helpful. Under those helpful ones, some are highlighted in red. What does that mean?
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Retracting flags

Initially I wanted to flag a question because of certain reasons. However, after the OP edited, I do not want to flag anymore. 1. Would my flag be declined? 2. Should I retract my flag?
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Why was this flag rejected?

This answer only provides a link. As such, it is not unlikely that it will be deleted, and in fact a user has already suggested that the post does not really qualify as an answer (I may presume they ...
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Is it possible to expand the list of migration sites for off-topic posts?

Recently, it seems that we've been getting several questions that would be more appropriate for Cross Validated. This question is only the most recent example. Right now, the only choices for off-...
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Flagging as duplicate - After someone else has done it & Reviews

Suppose someone has flagged a question for being a duplicate, should I also flag it as duplicate, or does the one flag suffice? (And does this change if it's a duplicate of two questions or more?) ...
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A new flag: "not-constructive"

Many a times, there are questions which are absolutely vague and have no meaning in them, like: If I fall from a great height, will I overcome the speed of light? Now, these are off topic questions, ...
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Query regarding review of post flags

Suppose I have flagged any question or answer by a person with high reputation or any moderator, as inappropriate (or any other flag). As far as I know, it will be placed in the review queue. Now, ...
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What kind of flags should be raised in the following cases?

Consider the following two cases: The question asked shows no research effort. It could have been easily solved with minimum research from the side of the user who is asking. But it does not belong ...
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A way to mark questions as non-duplicates?

I'm new to SE but practically every day I come across constructive, thought-out questions that are very quickly marked as duplicates -- while a simple comparison with the alleged duplicate shows very ...
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Query regarding flagging posts

When I try to flag a post, and try to mark it that it does not belong to this site, I only have two options to choose the other site to which the post should be migrated: Physics Meta SE and ...
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Is the "spam" flag appropriate for gibberish posts, or is it reserved for promotional material?

Let's say I come across a post which solely says: akdhlkfahsdkhfalsdhf Obviously this person is doing a little home-row bashing, but how are we supposed to flag this? My first thought was spam, ...
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Are the new moderators running a different flag policy?

I have noticed that since the moderator election my flags are getting declined significantly more frequently. Specifically I placed 9 flags since the election, 5 of which got declined. What I find ...
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Low-quality answers

A bunch of answers just came into the low quality review queue (coincidentally, many by the same user...) and they all share one characteristic: they are incorrect, but they do attempt to answer the ...
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What constitutes non-answers?

The flag reason for non-answers is the following: This was posted as an answer, but it does not attempt to answer the question. It should possibly be an edit, a comment, another question, or ...
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Flagging low quality answers: an experiment

Abstract: We are experimenting with expanding the scope of the very low quality (VLQ) flag. For two weeks, August 8-21, moderators will not decline any VLQ flags. We will allow these flags will sit in ...
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Not enough research effort flag

Is there a flag for flagging as insufficient research effort? Or do I need to use a custom reason flag? (Should I even flag a question as such? I know a lot of people do...) Sorry if this is a dumb ...
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How to check what's happened to my flag?

I'm pretty sure I flagged my question Why do they think WT1190F is low density? a few days ago, suggesting/requesting that it be migrated to Space Exploration Stackexchange. When I originally asked ...
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Why was this Very Low Quality flag declined?

I have always felt that the criteria for the use of the Very Low Quality flag are fuzzy, confusing, and ultimately wrong, and I recently had a VLQ flag declined that I would like some clarifications ...
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How to deal with “spam” for papers?

I noticed some answers that: have nothing or little to do with the question; include an undisclosed link to a paper that is either by the answer’s author or particularly liked by the answer’s author –...
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Raising issues with the chat room

Suppose I see a post in the chat room that I think is potentially inflammatory, what is the best way to bring it to a moderator's attention? Flagging seems a near nuclear option, and I've been ...
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Flagging Rejections and Penalty Time

I had the privilege of Flagging taken from me. How many times can I get rejected before it is disabled? Is this permanent or is there a time for restriction?
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Why was my flag on a 'link-only' answer disputed?

Recently I flagged an answer to this question citing not an answer as it was providing only a link. Now, link-only answers are not encouraged here as they may ...
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