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The policy on flagging link-only answers should be made much more obvious

I recently had a NAA flag declined on this answer, which consists entirely of the text: This might help: How to Enable Dashboard Features in macOS Catalina where the second line is a link to an ...
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Question under review this long abnormal? @nohillside♦!? An update on "This Q needs details or clarity." as the closure reason? IT IS SOLVED

I have a question about my Ask Different post: A too-big dialog window put up by AppleScript has made Safari unusable. (Why?) How can I dismiss it/recover, w/o losing unsaved content in open tabs? My ...
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Dealing with repetitive spam

So this question: https://apple.stackexchange.com/q/425828/237687 Keeps getting posted. Surely a rule can be written that can recognize “gummy bears” etc and it can be automatically removed, ...
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Non-Answer Declined Flag, but Author agrees with me!

This one confuses me. I flagged this answer - https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/392854/119271 - as not an answer, which was subsequently declined. In the comments, the author literally says, in ...
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Why are comment flags declined if comments are obsolete and the obsolete flag was used?

Similar to this question I had the same issue in here, where the users go into discussing how to edit/use StackExchange. When flagging for chatty, they just got declined. Example comments: that ...
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Why can’t we flag as duplicate a question with no answer?

These two questions : Touchbar seems to randomly trigger - hardware bug? Button on touchbar is randomly activated without being pressed Are exactly about the same problem but when I try to mark the ...
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Why was this particular "not an answer" flag declined?

I flagged this particular answer as "not an answer". For reference, the question was: How to block bluetooth device that spams me with pairing requests? and the answer I flagged was: Doesn’t ...
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Question put on hold as off-topic yet previous off-topic flag declined

This question was put on hold as off-topic. Yesterday I flagged it as off-topic before it was put on hold: Yet it was declined. Why is this?
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Cannot flag answer as low quality

So I was on my mobile, and when I try to flag an answer low quality isn’t there. It was there before but now it isn’t: Is this intentional behaviour? Am I missing something? Or is this a bug?
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What do disputed flags mean?

So quite a few of my flags recently got disputed and I am not sure what that means and why there were disputed. Example: Flagged as low quality It got disputed. What does that mean and why did it ...
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Background colour of remaining flags/close vote count

Whenever I choose to cast vote on a question or flag a post, the count of remaining votes/flags for the day is shown besides the button. I have observed that the background colour of the box shown ...
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Community approach to legitimate quasi-astroturf answering trends

As a new user on Ask Different, and of Macs in general, I have a limited amount of knowledge to contribute to the community. I was drawn to Ask Different while seeking and later discovering a solution ...
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I’ve been banned from flagging, and I feel mortified!

I didn’t think I was being overzealous, but apparently I messed up. I’m usually very judicious with my flagging, and over time I’ve learned, (not deeply enough, it seems,) some of the finer points of ...
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Take back a flag

I think I just have to count on moderation to fix my last flag which was a mistake, but is there a way I'm not seeing to take back a flag before it gets moderated?
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There is a question here that is outdated. How can we flag questions?

I am unable to provide an answer to a question because, apparently, I'm a noob. Yet, I can clearly see there is a question here that needs to be removed because it is outdated due to an iOS update. ...
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What decides if a 'too chatty' flag results in immediate deletion?

I just flagged a comment as 'obsolete, chatty' on Music Practise, where I only have under 5k rep, & the comment immediately went... boom, gone. I've seen it happen on SU & Ask Different too, ...
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Why were these too chatty flags declined on some +1 comments? [duplicate]

Similar to this situation, I've had 7 recent comment flags declined on noisy comments. These comments are just of the '+1' or 'Thanks' type: Huge "THANKS!". :) +100 to apachectl configtest +...
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'Mod attention' flag declined for question marked as Duplicate

The OP created multiple questions for the same issue. I flagged this one for mod attention with the comment: This question is a repost of the OPs same question: apple.stackexchange.com/...
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How do I respond to Mod question?

I flagged an answer as abusive because of the derogatory language the author used to reference another user (the answer has since been edited but you can see the original text in the edit history). I ...
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Why are my comment flags (obsolete) declined?

Is it possible to use Macbook with 0% health? The first is what you mean by "accu" ? and the second The battery. I thought it was a word in English, my bad I have use flag for both with "...
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Why does Ask Different receive so much spam posts?

I don't know if this is an appropriate question to ask here, but I thought this would be the best place to ask. I have noticed (especially recently) a LOT of spam questions (true spam, like for body-...
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Feedback to OP when flagging question

I flagged this question for closure because it's a comment and not a question. I also left a comment for the OP explaining why I flagged their question. I understand they can't see the flag but I'm ...
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Why was my "rude or abusive" flag on a gibberish answer declined?

I flagged this answer (now deleted, metasmoke link for <10kers) as "rude or abusive". It was declined with a comment: Please use other. Abusive is to track intentional malice towards people and ...
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Should we flag different on Ask Different?

I flagged an original version of a link-only answer as "not an answer" as I have done for hundreds of similar posts on other SE sites. My flag was declined. Then I explained my reasoning and asked ...
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What should we do if we misflag a post?

It was a case of the tap-too-quick, and I selected the wrong flag for a particular question. How should I handle this matter?
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Should answers shaped like this be flagged?

I noticed a strange answer in the shape of "If you need help, we can help you out at example.com" Is it in the zone of validity to post such answer? I would possibly flag as spam since it appears to ...
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Is this question on topic?

I don't know if I should flag this question: Problems with downloading iTunes on Windows 7 I would close it as off topic because it is not related to Apple hardware or software. However iTunes is ...
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DIscussion: Flags

I am really getting tired of flags getting rejected when they are clearly in the scope of what the flag was intended for. For example: Not An Answer: This was posted as an answer, but it does not ...
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Conspiracy theory answer flagged, disputed

I flagged this answer - it doesn't really answer the question, but talks about a conspiracy theory ("fascist police state, media lockdown, etc."): My flag as "Very low quality" was disputed earlier ...
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Can we un-bump the old questions that get dug up by a "me too!" answer?

I've seen many questions from several years ago get bumped because someone posts a new "answer," either a spam post or an "I have this issue too" post. Often we'll flag those "answers" into oblivion, ...
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Flag these as Spam?

There seems to be a lot of these around at the moment; questions on cheats/hacks for Clash of Clans, but without ever mentioning that name directly. I'm seeing them across all the SE sites I visit. ...
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Why are my comment flags declined?

I recently flagged 19 comments as too chatty or obsolete and have had all of them declined. The comments were of the following nature: +1 for the explanation. I guess you mean the shift key? Also, ...
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Activation Lock and Disabled iPhones

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 ...
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What to do if I mark the wrong flag?

I accidently marked the wrong flag for a clash of clans question. I truly have no idea what it flagged, but I meant to put it as a low-quality question. If I flag a question with the wrong flag, what ...
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How should I handle questions about forgotten credentials

I have a problem how to handle the 99% new users with questions how to crack a password, or AppleID, in some cases forgotten recovery email, or claiming the email is no longer in use. The questions ...
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"you have already raised this type of flag"

Does that mean I already raised it on this particular post but forgot, or that I've used up my day's ration of this type of flag? … or something else? I've seen it twice today, but wasn't paying ...
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When not to flag?

I just went through my flags and saw that some were declined with the following reason: flags should only be used to make moderators aware of content that requires their intervention For example: ...
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Process for Flaging a Moderator comment

If I flag a Moderator comment (as not constructive), does it get reviewed by another (independent) moderator or can the flagged moderator just delete/ignore it. Just interested in the process here, ...
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Is it possible to warn the users who left bad comments other than trying to help in a question?

I see that there are some users who left bad comments in the question when they do not understand what the OP wants to ask. I hope that the moderators can warn them not to do it again because what ...
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Why are some flags not highlighted in red?

I noticed today that most of the posts in my "Flagged Posts" tab are highlighted in a light red shade but one of them weren't highlighted. Does it mean anything or it is a site bug?
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Should I report accounts that were just made to spam/promotion links?

I noticed today that a same link had been posted to two different questions from two different users. Yolili - posted in the question babalala - posted in the question Both those answers have search ...
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Technically Inaccurate or Altogether Wrong Answers

I flagged this answer (note the link now goes nowhere, except maybe higher rep mods can see it?) twice. The answer essentially said "Apple wouldn't have a trash if they didn't intend you to use it, so ...
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Dealing with 'fly-by' users & answers

So many times, a simple question is given a 'correct' answer (I shall use one of my own 'answers' as an example - Upgrade iPhone 5 from iOS 7.0.4 to iOS 7.1.2) The chances are that this is the '...
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Maliciously wrong answers should be flag-worthy

Maliciously wrong answers, which do something unexpected and harmful to the user, should be flag-worthy. For example, if someone asked: How do I change the permissions of a directory? Then the ...
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Why can't I flag a question to go to another Stack Exchange site?

Currently, the "off-topic" flag presents to me three options: Software development questions should go on Stack Overflow Pre-release questions are off-topic It should go on another site When ...
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Should answers promoting a petition be flagged/deleted?

The following answer was posted as an answer to this question: This is an old problem, that Apple doesn't really care about. So sadly, we need to make some noise to be listened and have our problems ...
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What is the average helpful/declined flag rate?

Having just surpassed 500 helpful flags (and got a wonderful gold badge!) I'm wondering how my accuracy in flagging is compared to the average user. Where can I look for average percentages of ...
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Please add textbox for Off-Topic flagging

I just wanted to flag https://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/126842/wi-fi-network-created-but-not-shown-on-other-devices as being off-topic for not running on Apple hardware. But there's no option ...
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Flagging best practices

I've a couple of times gotten feedback on flags where I selected "not an answer" which says "...should possibly be an edit, comment, another question, or deleted altogether..." and (for example the ...
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Negative points when Flaging

Does one gets Negative points for Flagging something to Moderator?
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