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Is it acceptable to use unicode fonts for general discourse (Questions/Answers/Comments)?

NO. Font styles should not be manipulated in any way beyond the tools given to us by Stack Exchange (bold, italic, block quote, preformatted, etc.) or basic html (strike-through, breaks, etc.) ...
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Is it acceptable to use unicode fonts for general discourse (Questions/Answers/Comments)?

First of all, some relevant nitpicking: This user is not using a different font, but special Unicode characters that are intended for Cyrillic, phonetics, mathematics, and other uses that are not ...
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Do we want Smoke Detector to auto flag spam?

Clarifying Smokey Let me start with a very brief summary of what Smoke Detector does, since there's been some confusion over this. (Charcoal people, please correct me in comments if I get anything ...
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Was I "not very nice"?

Einar Petersen's post was a link-only, partial answer at best. Valorum used the hints provided at the link to find the story. It would not have been appropriate to edit the information into Einar's ...
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Is a user allowed to ask the same question twice if they didn't get an answer the first time?

Thanks for raising this. As Kevin said, the usual policy on story-ID duplication (both must be answered and have confirmation that the answer is correct) doesn't apply for this type of scenario. I don'...
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What was spammy, rude or abusive about this answer?

It was flagged in error I flagged it, because I mistook it for trying to advertise the song. I should have taken a second look. But by the power of mod magic the spam flag has been removed and the ...
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Are analogies acceptable as answers?

Of course. An argument by analogy is a perfectly good example of a reasonable argument which can be used to support a point. If someone asks why X happens in a work of sci-fi or fantasy, it may well ...
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What is the proper recourse for bubble-burster comments?

Should these types of comments be flagged, addressed, or merely ignored? If you feel that a comment is not constructive, flag it. If a comment does not relate to improving the question or one of the ...
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Why was this 'not an answer' flag on a rant about US declined?

There is an answer buried in that wall of text: So back to question, why would a Jedi serve a corrupt democracy? well why are our leaders doing the same thing in real life? because generations of ...
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Is it acceptable to use unicode fonts for general discourse (Questions/Answers/Comments)?

I had a somehow related discussion on the main network wide meta site. Here is the link: Zalgo in user names and effects on comments rendering As you may see from Mark Gravel comment: I'm pretty ...
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Are analogies acceptable as answers?

A poor attempt at an answer is still an answer The bar for what constitutes "an answer" is extremely low. From what you say, the user was attempting to answer the question, which is more than enough ...
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Am I misusing the "Not An Answer" flag?

The Not An Answer flag has nothing to do with whether the answer answers the question. It has to do with whether the answer is an answer. That is, was the person posting it at least trying to answer ...
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Why was this 'not an answer' flag on a rant about US declined?

Although I can't comment on the particular moderator's reasons for declining the NAA flags, I agree with the decision; despite all the noise, there is an answer in there: why would a Jedi serve a ...
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Why was this flag declined?

I declined this "rude or abusive" flag. The relevant guidance on main meta for when to use the rude/abusive flag is: If an otherwise valid post contains vulgar words as an expression of ...
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Is a user allowed to ask the same question twice if they didn't get an answer the first time?

For Stack Exchange in general: We didn't put "already has an answer" into the flag description. That's a network-wide requirement: Dupe targets must have an upvoted or accepted answer, "with the ...
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Should I flag "Why all the Downvotes" comments as obsolete?

I think that all "Why the downvote?" comments are pointless and should be flagged and deleted. In general, I think those comments are not constructive because the meaning of a downvote is right there ...
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Why was this flag disputed?

Arguably this lump of text "if like I said elves have dominant traits that would have a higher chance to pass through each generation instead of the human ones then technically Aragon would ...
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What is the proper recourse for bubble-burster comments?

Speaking as someone who periodically posts those sort of comments ... In Star Trek Beyond, how does terminal velocity help "jump start" the Franklin? "Because terrible writing" ...
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Is this question Rude?

I think this a valid question and the "offensive" part can easily be removed without changing the premise of the question. I have done just that in an edit.
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Why this comment was appropriate?

I declined this flag. Others have linked to various SciFi Meta threads on this issue, and I will admit that many of them suggest that they should be flagged and deleted. I declined it in part because ...
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If someone uses all of their flags, are they not allowed to flag anymore?

Flag limits See How many flags does a user have per day? and On the recent changes to flagging and limits on main meta. You get a fixed flag allowance each day, varying from 10 to 100: default 10 per ...
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Let's get aligned on our site specific usage of the Not an Answer flag

As Shog9 notes: That said, there's a change I would love to see to this flag text, that might make some small difference here: stop using the word "answer" to refer to both the post itself ...
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Do we want Smoke Detector to auto flag spam?

To give you a bit of background, I'm the user that posted the current post about increasing the number of automatic flags, the previous one a year ago, and the automated comment flagger over on Stack ...
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Flag a comment for containing a spoiler when OP requested no spoilers?

First let me point out that you can flag anything you want for any reason you want - that doesn't mean the flag will be marked helpful :-) Pedantry aside: Yes, this can certainly be a valid reason ...
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What to do when Very Low Quality flags are not available?

Should we flag as Not An Answer? Presumably this is a bad idea if the answer attempts to answer the question. Indeed: NaA flags should be reserved for actual non-answers. (For more information, see ...
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What is our policy on new redundant answers to old questions?

Do not flag posts because they only repeat existing information. Those flags should be, and usually are, declined. Downvote, comment, and move on. Answers should be evaluated on their own merits. Not ...
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Why was my flag declined because the mods were "already aware of this user's struggle"?

Let's start with a summary of the events, with everything listed in order: You flagged 7 comments as no longer needed. Some of these comments were by the new user struggling to use the site correctly,...
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Why is calling questions "worthless" acceptable on this site?

Per Websters; Worthless: Having no real value or use. If you think that a question or an answer has no real value or use, then saying so is entirely fair comment. It's possibly a little blunt and ...
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Is this question Rude?

Is this question Rude? It certainly seems to be rude and offensive. There are multiple cases on the whole post of people saying it is rude and offensive and the downvotes also seem to be explained ...
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