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Why was my "rude or abusive" flag on a gibberish answer declined?

I have had a look at your links and you clearly flagged that post correctly. I handled the flag incorrectly - for that I apologize. Worse, I had dismissed some other similar flags to yours - I'm not ...
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Why were these too chatty flags declined on some +1 comments?

I'm the 'culprit', so to speak, for declining the three comments you're asking about. In summary: The Huge "THANKS!". :) comment should have been deleted (I think that was a case of me hitting the ...
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I’ve been banned from flagging, and I feel mortified!

As of now, expect 2 days for the time period to reset, but it could be sooner. Flag bans are automatic based on recent flag history, both being put in place automatically after a certain threshold ...
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Take back a flag

Click the flag link on the post you flagged to open the flag dialog. Without selecting any flag type, the blue button used to flag a post is now a Retract Flag button, which you can click to retract ...
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Background colour of remaining flags/close vote count

The colour helps highlight the difference between the flag count and the vote count. It helps distinguish with a quick glance which of the two figures it represents without reading the word beside the ...
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Why can’t we flag as duplicate a question with no answer?

This restriction has a few exceptions: it doesn't apply on Meta sites when both questions are asked by the same user for ♦ moderators Therefore, using a custom moderator flag is a good option. ...
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What decides if a 'too chatty' flag results in immediate deletion?

It is most likely that the comment contained some key phrases which enabled it for deletion by only one flag, as described here. E.g. a comment containing just +1, thank you very much will ...
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Why were these too chatty flags declined on some +1 comments?

Right on cue - a long discussion on how the “too chatty” standard was loose and unhelpful - we’ve done away with that flag across all sites effective immediately. The problem Comments are terrible; ...
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The policy on flagging link-only answers should be made much more obvious

Both the first and the last paragraph of this answer to Why was my flag for "not an answer" declined? sum it up pretty nicely TL;DR - moderators generally don't delete posts until they have ...
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Why are comment flags declined if comments are obsolete and the obsolete flag was used?

Comment flags can only be acted upon (resulting in the deletion of the comment) or declined, there is no option to provide feedback (which is actually optional also for flags on post). I didn't ...
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Cannot flag answer as low quality

"Very low quality" flags can only be raised within the first 7 days after a post got created, see https://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/326585/unable-to-flag-as-very-low-quality-for-answers
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There is a question here that is outdated. How can we flag questions?

That particular question was automatically protected by the site due to the quantity of ‘answers’ the post received from new users posting things which weren't answers. Protected questions are an ...
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How do I respond to Mod question?

Basically flags are for things where the normal tools cannot fix the issue. In this case, an edit handled it which is why the flag was declined. Keep in mind, when we review flags we see the current ...
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What should we do if we misflag a post?

I didn't see any flags by you which seemed odd/wrong, so it probably got handled already. Also, there isn't a big difference between the flag types as far as moderator notification is concerned: we ...
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Why does Ask Different receive so much spam posts?

The most powerful tool we have for immediate use is for everyone to flag as spam on those posts. That ensures the best improvement on the tools to detect and suppress spam. You are right. The past ...
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Why does Ask Different receive so much spam posts?

I really wish there was a one-vote ban-hammer on these - maybe like the gold badge one-vote close. Maybe you could gain a spam-hammer badge after successfully flagging 100 with no false positives, or ...
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Feedback to OP when flagging question

Actually no moderator commented on the second question you've linked. The comments have been created automatically based on the actions the reviewers selected for the question in the review queue. ...
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'Mod attention' flag declined for question marked as Duplicate

I probably would have accepted it, as did the mod who handled the second "duplicate" flag. It mainly shows that mods are humans too :-) As for the declined flag: Declined flags can't be removed, see ...
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Community approach to legitimate quasi-astroturf answering trends

I would say - this is the perfect place to ask and make recommendations as long as you are here to answer all sorts of questions and help. When that happens, there's going to be lots of answers that ...
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What do disputed flags mean?

Disputed flags are generally from the result of the post in the relevant review queue disagreeing with the flag you raised. In the example from the question, the post was flagged by you as a low ...
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Flagged post didn't get re-edited

I should have been more carefully when handling that flag, thanks for following up (basically I forgot the rollback :-)).
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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

The question was put on hold as requested by you. It is in the review queue for reopenings, things usually take a while depending on how many high-rep users find time to review the queue. I've ...
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Dealing with repetitive spam

There is actually already an automated way to identify/remove spam when it hits our site. It's a bot called Smoke Detector that currently has an accuracy threshold of 99.75%. So, most spam is dealt ...
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Non-Answer Declined Flag, but Author agrees with me!

Thank you for raising this question. I see many people not understanding the not an answer flag. You are not alone to be confused here. Have you read through this post and the answers? Why was my ...
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Question put on hold as off-topic yet previous off-topic flag declined

Not everyone sees on and off topic the same. That's why we have votes and even a close or delete isn't permanent. I did cast a binding reopen vote to give that question a second chance and it's ...
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There is a question here that is outdated. How can we flag questions?

In general, questions that are "outdated" are not in need of removal, but rather in need of editing to clarify that they apply to certain versions of an operating system and not to others. An answer ...
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Why does Ask Different receive so much spam posts?

It's not just Ask Different, but a number of Stack Exchange sites (e.g. Stack Overflow, Super User, etc) do seem to get more than their fair share. Sometimes sites seem to be targeted, while at other ...
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Should we flag different on Ask Different?

I can't speak for how other sites handle link only flags - but the post you mentioned doesn't seem to meet our standards for general flagging. If you read https://apple.stackexchange.com/help/...
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