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Is the "spam" flag appropriate for gibberish posts, or is it reserved for promotional material?

The spam flag is indeed intended only for promotional posts that have very little to do with the topic at hand. However, utterly meaningless gibberish may well be flagged as rude or abusive. The flag ...
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Flagging low quality answers: an experiment

I heartily support Emilio's proposal, but to explain why I support it will require a bit of rambling. So please bear with me and I'll try not to make this too painful. The Physics Stack Exchange has ...
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A way to mark questions as non-duplicates?

There are a few ways: If you have >3k rep, you can directly vote to reopen. This will put the question in the reopen review queue. Once in the reopen review queue, users with >3k rep can vote to ...
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Raising issues with the chat room

OK, there are a couple different things going on here. Potentially inflammatory posts It's certainly true that chat bystanders can often tell when a conversation is about to turn nasty. And you're ...
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Why was this flag rejected?

Oh, hi, that was me. Basically DavidZ has described my reasoning, but I can elaborate a little more specifically about what I had in mind in this case. I'm not a super-big fan of the "convert to ...
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Should we flag comments like "Thank you"?

Comments are not really intended for chit-chat. So, if you wish, you may flag comments that don't add any clarification are are purely social using the reason: It's no longer needed. This comment is ...
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Spam flag on nonsense garbage declined

Note that "spam" is notably missing from the list of flags (VLQ, rude or abusive, not an answer) Shog9 lists in the answer you quote. The spam flag description reads: Exists only to promote a ...
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Should we flag comments like "Thank you"?

Technically, yes. According to our policy: Comments are not recommended for any of the following: [...] Compliments which do not add new information ("+1, great answer!"); instead, upvote ...
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Should I flag non-CW resource recommendation posts for moderator attention?

Yes, please flag such posts - there's no guarantee that moderators don't miss these posts otherwise. In general, please also don't worry about overwhelming us with flags: If you feel something ...
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Why was this Very Low Quality flag declined?

I agree, the very low quality flag is currently somewhere between useless and horribly confusing. Not only I agree, several posts on meta.SE also agree: Remove VLQ as a flag option, top answer says ...
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Should contributions to the community be made compulsory?

Should contributions to the community be made compulsory? Absolutely not. No way. Hell no. Contributing to this site is done on a volunteer basis. If people want to contribute by writing answers, ...
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Keeping track of “abuse” (or other) flags?

There is no automatic consequence for repeated flags for rudeness or abuse. However, there are automatic flags raised when particular users accrue a number of these flags in a certain timeframe, ...
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A new flag: "not-constructive"

If it's vague, flag/vote to close as Unclear What You're Asking. If you think it should be closed but none of the canned reasons fit, then flag/vote to close with a custom reason. If five 3k+ users ...
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Should we leave super wrong highly downvoted posts visible or should we delete them?

I used to be of the opinion that we should keep such low quality answers since it's at least an attempt to answer the question, as misguided as the answer may be. But after talking with other members ...
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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?

You can't delete other people's comments directly, in review or otherwise. If you think a comment is rude or abusive, or just no longer needed, you can flag it for moderator attention by clicking the ...
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7 votes
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Is it possible to expand the list of migration sites for off-topic posts?

It's certainly possible, in general, to add extra migration paths. But we only do so when there are really a lot of questions being migrated along that path, enough that it starts to tax the mods' ...
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Raising issues with the chat room

David Z has it right. As a moderator who spends a lot of time moderating chat myself, I'll clear up a few misconceptions: Flagging That flag button on the right-hand end of a message? That one is ...
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Query regarding flagging posts

Marking a question off topic and migrating it to another site are really two separate actions, although the system is not very good at making that clear. (Some people have been complaining about it ...
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The problem with spam flags

That is not spam. On StackExchange, only posts that explicity advertise a specific website, program or product are considered spam. Gibberish should be flagged as either "not an answer" or "rude or ...
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Flagging non-mainstream comments in questions and answers

I'm glad you brought this up. There are users who definitely abuse comments, possibly as they realize these cannot be downvoted (hence no reputational cost). It seems in fact some users have been ...
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Problem with new user

I have identified the user in question based on your post. (Users without moderator superpowers can't use exactly the method that I used, but I've edited your post a little bit just in case, to give ...
rob's user avatar
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6 votes
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Flagging Rejections and Penalty Time

Flagging bans are described in this post on Meta Stack Exchange. If at least 25% of your flags from the past 7 days were declined, you're blocked from flagging anything. Depending on when and how ...
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Query regarding review of post flags

Non-moderator users have no way to know that their posts have been flagged except by the phenomena associated with the review of such flags, e.g. automatic comments with a "From Review" link at the ...
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What kind of flags should be raised in the following 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 to homework-and-exercises tag. ...
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Is a good 'accepted flag ratio' defined?

So, story time. Once upon a time, it used to be that Stack Exchange had this thing called "flag weight", which was basically pretty much the very metric you're interested in, and which was shown to ...
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How can I flag a harmful anonymous suggested edit?

Raise a custom moderator flag on the edited post, and we'll look at it. It's possible for the diamond moderators to remove a user's editing privileges, but we almost never need to do that. For ...
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Flagging non-mainstream comments in questions and answers

The It's no longer needed flag option is described as: This comment is outdated, conversational, or not relevant to this post. and I suppose the not relevant to this post would apply to non-...
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Flagging non-mainstream comments in questions and answers

It seems to me that the problem with many of these comments is that not that they are out of the mainstream, but that they are nothing more than announcements of the commenter's preferred way of ...
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Ask to have questionable activity reviewed

Raise a custom moderator flag on one of the relevant questions, explain in as much detail as you can the behaviour you've observed, and then go away and leave those threads alone. If you want more of ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
5 votes

Penalty time for obscene posts?

Physics SE does not have an automated system for removing offensive posts. Posts with 3 delete votes from high rep users or 6 spam or rude or abusive flags are deleted automatically. As far as the ...
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