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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.) Anything beyond this will most likely cause readability issues, and as you mentioned in the question, may cause it to not display at all. Creativity and ...


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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 regular (English) text. They render in the site’s standard font if available and some fallback font otherwise. Even if they appear to be from another font, they are ...


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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 wrong.) Posts which contain certain blacklisted content (swearwords, particular link patterns, etc.) are reported into chat for user review. Users then decide ...


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Every group of people who interact on a regular basis develop their own social norms, unique to the blend of individuals who comprise the whole. Different customs, humor, jargon, they all become key to a group identity. The glue that holds us together. Chat flags are a representation, a stand in, for something else entirely; The opportunity for anyone who ...


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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 answer--that would be overhauling another user's post, which I think goes too far as an edit. It's entirely fair for Valorum to post his findings, especially ...


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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't think we ever discussed this on meta before, but it's common sense. If the same question (modulo some details, e.g. if they added a bit more description the ...


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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 make perfect sense to explain it by pointing to known reasons why X' happens in the real world and extrapolating from that analogous situation. Here are some ...


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Indeed it would be a conflict of interest for a moderator to dismiss flags on their own posts. But I handled the flag you are referring to.


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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 answers, flag it. You are never required to respond to any comment, particularly one with any of the above problems. Having said that, if you find a comment ...


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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 sure this is by-design; until there's actual evidence of a genuine problem (that isn't solved simply by communication), I'm not sure there is anything to fix. ...


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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 subtle changes and eventually you will see the integrity of our system rot from the inside out like it is. The post suggests the answer is that the Republic ...


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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 for a "Not an answer" flag to be declined. If you believe it is a bad answer, it is certainly a good idea to down vote it.


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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 the question, even if they got it completely wrong. In general, the following things do not fall under the NAA flag, because they all represent a ...


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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 corrupt democracy? well why are our leaders doing the same thing in real life? because generations of subtle changes and eventually you will see the integrity of ...


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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 frustration, edit the bad part out instead of flagging the entire post as rude or abusive. If this results in an edit war or you expect this to happen, flag for moderator ...


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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 in the tooltip that pops up over the button and because I don't think I've ever seen anyone come back and add a comment explaining their downvote in response. ...


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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" Why did J remember about K when no one else did? "Because terrible writing" Why were the Ursa designed to track solely by fear? "Because terrible ...


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Clear communication between flagger and handling moderator. That's the optimal situation when you're flagging anything. You want the moderator to understand why you're flagging and to agree with your reasoning. The same applies in reverse: if we don't agree with it, ideally we'd like you to understand why we're declining the flag, so that you can learn ...


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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 still be more elf." answers the question asked. 'Not an answer' only really applies to answers that have little or no bearing on the question asked, for ...


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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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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 exception of questions from the same author." So they've already considered this specific case, and decided to allow closing as a dupe, even if there's no upvoted or ...


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The "delete" button is only available if you have the right to delete it. As a trusted-user (+20k) you have the right to vote to delete answers with score of -1 or lower.


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Everyone knows the MPAA ratings are horribly inconsistent and flawed. To say that any image or sequence of images within a PG-13 rating would be appropriate to be displayed indefinitely in the main chat room is perhaps naive. Did they rate the movie PG-13 specifically for that scene, or for the movie as a whole (it can go either way). If the movie was ...


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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 you flagged it as "too chatty" despite the fact that it was the only comment on that post; however, in researching comment flag directives here and on Meta.SE ...


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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 day one bonus flag per 2000 reputation one bonus flag for every 10 net helpful flags (helpful - declined) maximum 100 Once you've used up your flags for the ...


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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 other answers, not whether there's an accepted answer, and especially not who the author is. There's no time limit on responses, no rule against posting on a ...


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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 and the action of addressing the asker's problem: This was posted as an answer, but it does not address the problem being asked about. It should possibly be an ...


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