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I noticed the other day that a question about a disabled iPhone was flagged a duplicated of Activation Lock. That's not true at all, though.

Activation lock is when you can't activate your iPhone because it's under another person's account.

An disabled iPhone occurs when someone has entered the wrong passcode so many times, the only way to get your stuff back is to wipe it and restore.

I flagged the question, and the reply was to find what it should be.

Well, I searched, and found all of the questions either duplicate of Activation Lock, or they were closed as too broad!

What shoud I do in this case?

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I share your assessment that the question most probably is not a duplicate. Nevertheless right now it's difficult to understand what the question is about actually.

Your flag was declined with

Please comment or edit the post to explain why it's not duplicate. If we were to reopen it, it would need to be closed as too broad/unclear

From looking at the question in question (sic), I agree with the moderator declining the flag. The question can be read either as "how do I recover from a "iPhone is disabled" situation" or as a "how do I recover forgotten Apple ID/password", also it's (at least to me) not clear how these two statements even fit together (AFAIK Apple ID/password are not required to re-enable an iPhone via iTunes after too many wrong password attempts). This means that just reopening the question would have it closed again as "unclear" rather quickly.

It's worth keeping in mind that this site (as well as all the other SE sites) is mainly community moderated. So in this case please go ahead, tidy up the question and leave a comment for the OP on what you did and why you did it.

PS: And thanks for bringing the issue up on Meta!

  • Can do. Thank you! – Spotlight Mar 19 '15 at 12:55
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    @awesomebing1 Also - be aware that if a second person edits that post - there's a large chance that it's still a question that's already been asked and answered so be sure to check for duplicates once it's edited. Also, there's a small chance that the asker isn't so clear as we think and they really just need general troubleshooting advice. Thanks again for asking for clarification. I was limited in the message I sent when I declined your flag to have the question reopened by fiat as opposed to community moderation tools. – bmike Mar 19 '15 at 14:22

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