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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 ...
John Rennie's user avatar
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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 ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
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Should Physics enable a "triage" review queue for homework-like questions?

I went into Stack Overflow and handled a few questions from the Triage queue there to remind myself a bit how this works. I've done over 1,100 triages on SO, but it had been a while so I had forgotten ...
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How to treat suggested edits that "correct a formula"?

I don't think formulae are really special in this regard: If you see an edit but you cannot tell whether it actually improves the post or not, skip it. Whether that's because you're not familiar with ...
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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, ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
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What constitutes an "answer" when the question is unmeaningfully vague?

Physics is a vast field of knowledge, using many different subfields of mathematics, each with its own conventions and symbols. Even with decades of experience in the field, it is simply impossible to ...
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User is receiving badges for review tasks they could not have performed

This is not a bug, Steward and its related badges were changed on Jan 29 so that they were now awarded for every 1000 reviews done. See this mother meta post for more information.
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Deleting copyrighted material

Hm. Well, this is a complicated situation because there are a bunch of individual problems to fix, none of which are really related to each other. First, the main issue on your mind: the possible ...
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Confusion about rejection of edit suggestion

Specific to the case that you brought up, I'd note that the OP on your post made a different, unrelated edit to the question about 1 minute after yours. I can imagine a scenario where the OP was ...
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What constitutes an "answer" when the question is unmeaningfully vague?

My personal guidelines for cases like this: If you think it’s a not-useful answer, it would be appropriate to downvote. If you think it’s a very low-quality answer, there’s a flag queue for those. ...
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Is Vote to Close as Off-Topic an appropriate remedy for questions that are deemed too "populist"?

Edit: The response below was given within the state of the system as of late 2018. However, changes to the system were introduced in March 2019, which (finally!) allow moderators to remove questions ...
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OP edit is identical with my rejected edit

I can't tell from the timeline, but my guess is that the OP was presented with the edit and chose either "improve this edit" or "reject and edit" by mistake, then applied your changes. Perhaps they ...
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Why does it show "Queue has been cleared" every time I check 3 questions?

The counter "Your daily reviews X/20" just means that you can do a maximum of 20 reviews per day per queue, not that there are actually 20 items in the queue for you to review. "The ...
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What is the review counter showing?

It shows the total number of flags whose review is pending, cf. this meta post. It also includes those you have already acted on (recall that many reviews need more than one user to complete them) and ...
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Should One Downvote a Question While Voting to Close It?

The main advantage of downvoting that closing does not have is that it quickly removes questions from the front page, once the post has a score of -3. If you think a question is probably unsalvageable,...
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How is a low quality post review completed?

The number of "Looks OK" votes depends on the number of flags on the post, cf. this meta.SE post: Each review task requires a minimum number of "Looks OK" reviews (2 on SO, 1 everywhere else) to be ...
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Is it possible to change review decisions?

No, you cannot change your decision. What you can do is: If you meant to vote/flag (in First Post/Late Answer), just go back to the post (outside the review queue) and proceed as you wanted to ...
AccidentalFourierTransform's user avatar
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Why don't close-vote counts agree with the number of close votes on review pages?

Review pages only show close votes cast as part of the review process, and they do not show any votes cast independently, i.e. directly on the question page. Typically, questions are put on the ...
Emilio Pisanty's user avatar
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Should Physics enable a "triage" review queue for homework-like questions?

This feature has been enabled on September 9th; this was the first review in the new queue, and the first one in the network outside Stack Overflow.
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Why accepting edits with edit privilege should not be immediate

As suggested, this question is actually concerns MetaSE, so after some research I will self-answer it. There are indeed some answers to this question in MetaSE: Why do we need multiple approvers for ...
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Flagging as duplicate - After someone else has done it & Reviews

One flag suffices. Once a post has been flagged, it enters the review queue, where high-rep users can vote to close or leave open. Further flags serve no purpose. But do note that sometimes people ...
AccidentalFourierTransform's user avatar
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A way to mark questions as non-duplicates?

I think the most important thing to do after getting a comment which suggests that your question is a Possible duplicate of some other question, is to explain prominently in your question why you ...
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Reasons for Closing

Your immediate question What reason should I check when voting to close a question like this? has an immediate answer: You should use a reason that tells the user why you are voting to close ...
ACuriousMind's user avatar
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LQP review & voting

This issue has been discussed repeatedly on mother meta. Some examples: Add downvote option to Low Quality Review Queue list of potential actions, Why is voting removed from new review system?, (Up)...
AccidentalFourierTransform's user avatar
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Should contributions to the community be made compulsory?

No. The bread and butter of Stack Exchange are the questions and answers. I can't imagine a system like you describe doing anything but driving away users producing good questions and answers who don'...
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What constitutes an "answer" when the question is unmeaningfully vague?

It seems to me that the guidelines for determining whether a response is not an answer are quite clear; they say the text of a response is not an answer if it does not attempt to answer the question. ...
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Should Physics enable a "triage" review queue for homework-like questions?

Do we really need this ? Don't get me wrong - it's a tempting idea, however ... The existing system does provide at least one benefit : it lets more experienced users demonstrate to newer users how ...
StephenG - Help Ukraine's user avatar
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Should Physics enable a "triage" review queue for homework-like questions?

Evaluating whether an answer to a homework-like question is "complete enough" to warrant deletion is my least-favorite part of going through the moderator flag queue. I don't envy the ...
John Rennie's user avatar
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Why has my question been put "On Hold"?

I voted to keep the question closed for similar reasons as what Emilio wrote in a comment to the question: you have a wildly specific equation that must have come from somewhere, didn't they explain ...
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