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What was spammy, rude or abusive about this answer?

This answer was marked as 'spam or rude or abusive and is therefore not shown' What was the first song you ever learned? Was it like mine, the top movie kind? What kind of dream did you have last ...
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When to flag a potential duplicate?

I am somewhat confused by the duplicate flag. If one tries to flag a question as a duplicate, a comment is automatically added (in the flagger's name) asking the OP whether the proposed duplicate ...
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Why were these flags declined?

Some of the comments to this question are conversational, and some are even irrelevant to the post. I don't understand how the first comment even relates to the question (it sounds like a comment to ...
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Why was my flag on an obsolete "add this tag" comment declined?

This comment on the Star Wars question Did Darth Vader ever operate a button on the devices on his belt or his chest? reads: If canon isn't an issue for an answer, you should add the star-wars-...
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Is a user allowed to ask the same question twice if they didn't get an answer the first time?

About two months ago, the user Jared Westover asked a story-identification question: Book with a magic school in the sky. The question drew one answer, which was not accepted. Two days ago, Jared ...
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Am I misusing the "Not An Answer" flag?

I have had about a dozen Not An Answer flags on this site disputed or declined. In most if not all of those cases I thought that it was pretty straightforward why the post was not an answer, and in ...
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Why was this "future works policy" close flag declined as an improper use for flagging?

Note, I do not have close-vote privileges, so instead I have to use flags. The flag menu has an explicit "this question should be closed" submenu. I flagged this question for closure with the custom ...
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Why was this NAA flag declined by a moderator?

I ran across this answer in the Late Answers review queue and flagged it Not an Answer as it seemed to be both a partial question and an attempt to reply to a comment. The text of the NAA flag for ...
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How long does it take for a flag to be reviewed?

Again, something which will be marked as a dupe sooner or later: About how long does it take for a mod to review a flag? Because I raised a dupe flag and, after three days, I retracted it because I ...
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Make it so that comments with "thanks" or similar words aren't automatically deleted

If I flag a comment such as "Thanks, that is the answer to my question" with "No longer needed", it will be deleted automatically without any mods looking at it. However, this could be really harmful ...
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Why do I have more flags available?

When I was going to flag a question, this is what came up. Pay attention to the flag count at the bottom-right. I thought that users received only 10 flags per day. Has this policy been changed (...
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Why was my flag declined because the mods were "already aware of this user's struggle"?

Note: This question is asking the moderators to explain why my flag was declined. I don't want people answering to guess why it may have been declined but the actual reason. Recently a user had some ...
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Is this question Rude?

Here's the question (spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War): Why did this work? The underlying idea of this question is that a person cannot love an adopted child as much as a natural child, and then, ...
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Why was this VLQ flag declined despite the post being deleted?

Yesterday I flagged this answer as VLQ (10k link). My flag was declined with: declined - flags should not be used to indicate technical inaccuracies, or an altogether wrong answer However, given ...
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Do we want Smoke Detector to auto flag spam?

TL;DR: there's a system called "Smoke Detector" that has been automatically flagging spam here for the past year. You can view a list of posts that have been flagged by clicking this text (warning: ...
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Why was this flag (about a post containing religious slurs and anti-semitic content) declined by a moderator?

I spotted this gem of an answer to the question 'What do the symbols on the mummy's face mean?' Highlights include; Looks like the heretical language of Enochian (which has zero to do with ...
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Why was my flag on this non-answer "disputed"?

This question specifically asks about historic characters created on the holodeck. I was unable to find a definitive list, so I would like to know how many actual Earth history figures have been ...
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Why is calling questions "worthless" acceptable on this site?

Why is calling questions "worthless" acceptable on this site? The last instance was yesterday (when my R&A flag on such a comment was denied), but this wasn't the first nor even second time I saw ...
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Why was this flag declined?

I posted a question not well received by the community. I know that downvotes are not rude, I received comments recommendations and edited the question to improve it and don´t intend to argue to ...
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Let's get aligned on our site specific usage of the Not an Answer flag

We have, on this site, had some confusion/differing opinions on the matter of when a Not an Answer flag is applicable. Specifically, when someone posts something related that isn't actually an answer ...
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Why were these flags on an answer that gave the original source (non-comic) of a quote on a question that wanted the comic source declined?

I (and a few other people) flagged this answer as Not An Answer. This is the full text of the answer: This quote is a paraphrase of Luke 12:48 where Jesus says "to whom much is given, much will be ...
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Are analogies acceptable as answers?

I recently had an NAA flag declined and was given the following reason: declined - It answers the question using an argument by analogy Are analogies really acceptable as answers, particularly ...
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Is "Because it's fiction" rude?

A while ago we decided that meta-answers like "because it's a story" aren't welcome on the site; To be blunt, there's absolutely no point to this site if answers are going to be "It's that ...
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Why were the "Not an Answer" flags on this post about wandless magic in Harry Potter declined?

Are there any spells that a wizard/witch can cast without a wand in the Harry Potter universe? This question was "answered" by a post going off on a tangent about soldiers being able to ...
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What is the proper recourse for bubble-burster comments?

I'm sure most of you have seen the occasional cynical comment on questions with things like Because the author/screenwriters didn't think of it or It's just a story or some other such nonsense. This ...
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Why was this comment flag rejected?

I marked this comment as 'obsolete' since it related to the future release of a film, but one that is now released. I don't think this can be confirmed until the film is released on streaming or ...
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What is our policy on new redundant answers to old questions?

I flagged an answer today. The key factors were: It was posted almost four years after the question was posted and received an accepted answer. It was just one line which merely rephrased what the ...
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"Your last flag was declined - please review it before flagging this post!" But how?

One of my flags declined (which I understand after reading this). But now, when I try to flag something else, it says Your last flag was declined - please review it before flagging this post! and ...
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If someone uses all of their flags, are they not allowed to flag anymore?

I just flagged something as opinion based and used one of my flags. This is my first time using flags, so I'm wondering if I use all ten (not that I plan to go on a flagging rampage) will I be put on ...
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What should I have flagged this post as?

The post pictured below was ultimately deleted. I flagged it as spam ("irrelevant or unsolicited messages sent over the Internet, typically to a large number of users") although this was rejected as ...
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Why was this flag on a post that doesn't answer the question disputed?

I have recently flagged this post as not an answer. While it does feature clear reasoning and fair amount of knowledge, I was unable to detect an answer to the original question. Why was my flag ...
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Why was this flag disputed?

The answer in question consists of a wall of texts which, to my inspection, does not contain an answer to the original question. I flagged it as not an answer, yet my flag was disputed. So my ...
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Why was this 'not an answer' flag on a rant about US declined?

This (now deleted) "answer" came up in the first posts review. It attempts to answer the question why the Jedi would serve a corrupt republic by trying to draw parallels to the current situation in ...
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Can someone tell why this flag was declined?

This answer is just worthless. Why was the flag declined?
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Discussion Topic: Chat flags again again. Suggestion: Require a reason be entered, which is shown

In my other post yesterday, I suggested requiring the initial flagger in chat be in the room proper, to discourage people cruising the transcripts from doing drive by flaggings, and a point came up: ...
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Why was this flag (VLQ) rejected?

This answer... Why didn't Agent Smith just die? ... is an 800 word wall of text with l33tspeak, txtspk, swearing, failed punctuation, poor grammar, next to no capitalisation, more swearing and ...
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Is it acceptable to use unicode fonts for general discourse (Questions/Answers/Comments)?

User augustine08282011 has written a number of comments in a weird (unicode?) font that won't display on my mobile device. I flagged it for a moderator to look at, but the flag was declined. Bυт ...
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Why was my flag "not an answer" declined?

not an answer 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 deleted altogether. There have been a few ...
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What to do when Very Low Quality flags are not available?

Recently, the Very Low Quality (VLQ) flag underwent a major change. It is now no longer available on answers older than 7 days, as described here. There are many answers much more than a week old ...
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How to deal with story ID questions with different details but the same answer [duplicate]

Say there exists a story ID question that lists details A and B and has an accepted answer. If a user posts another question that lists details C and D and you're absolutely sure that the answer is ...
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Was I "not very nice"?

Background The following question has been on the "unanswered" list since the 12th June. Sci Fi story about AI and flawed religious interpretation On the 17th June, user Einar Petersen posted the ...
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Why this comment was appropriate?

I recently noticed this comment: "Fantastic. Thank you very much – Daniel Feb 11 at 5:53 " here: https://scifi.stackexchange.com/a/118033/44517 was flagged to delete it but the flag was declined: " ...
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How to "unflag" a question?

Questions get flagged as duplicates etc, and it takes a certain amount of people to vote that question as such. But, there is no direct vote to counter the flag before it gets deleted or closed. You ...
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Why was this flag rejected?

For my question "How many people each do Batman and Superman kill in BVS: Dawn of Justice?," this answer was posted. This answer does not answer my question. I asked how many people Batman and ...
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Should I flag "Why all the Downvotes" comments as obsolete?

It is a frequent occurrence on this site that: Someone will ask a question. The question will get a downvote. The OP (or someone) else will post a comment saying "Why the downvote". Over time the ...
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Flag a comment for containing a spoiler when OP requested no spoilers?

In this question OP stated that they didn't want spoilers from preview chapters of The Winds of Winter. Somebody then went on to post a comment saying (paraphrased) "why would you exclude The Winds of ...
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Is it better to flag with a custom flag or a preset one?

When flagging questions and comments one of the options always lets you leave a custom comment. I have noticed several times that after getting a flag declined when choosing one of the categories, I'...
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Should we encourage or discourage flags for personal taste?

A common issue in chat rooms is the use of flags as a "downvote". IE, a user may flag a picture from a movie used to explain a question asked within the room. Regardless of if the post is ...
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Why the info says not to use comments for saying "thanks" when it seems to be appreciated to do so?

The comment info text says "Use comments to ask for more information or suggest improvements. Avoid comments like “+1” or “thanks”." That's why I was flagging these kinds of comments as not ...
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Why were these comment flags declined, while the comments were deleted?

I flagged a number of comments on Wad Cheber's answer to the question what technologies were predicted by Back to the Future II. There was a discussion about the source of some statements that had ...
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