TL;DR - moderators generally don't delete posts until they have several down votes or constructive comments if there's even a hint of an answer contained in the post.
I'm seeing a lot of "not an answer" flags when there are bad answers, answers that lack a reference, wrong answers, or answers that people presumably disagree with or have a pet peeve with ...
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 sure when/how I got the idea that rude and abusive needed a personal aspect, but it's pretty clear that gibberish should be flagged as abuse.
Thanks for ...
It's still spam and should be flagged as spam.
I've seen this occur before elsewhere in Stack Exchange. They're testing the system of sorts, by posting content that is spam and contains SEO text but without links to the spam, either to later answer with spam that contains spam links, or to test if their spam ‘gets past’ without any links such that links ...
As a counterpoint (I would just comment, but I can't put images in comments):
This is what we see on the flagging page:
Under "it is not an answer" we see "It should possibly be an edit, a comment, another question, or deleted altogether". It sounds like you are considering all the flags as requests for deletion when the flagging page mentions 3 other ...
Yeah, for whatever reason spammers tend to become attached to specific sites. AD happens to be a lucky winner:
Detected spam over the last month
The system has some clever logic in place to block quite a bit of this... but there's a ton coming in anyway, so some will get through. There's also a community project that does rather well.
They'll show up in the comment queue and all moderators will see the flag. The system doesn't hide the flag from the moderator who's comment was flagged. We discuss flags on our own comments and avoid moderating ourselves.
TL;DR: In my opinion, you were not wrong to flag the comment.
I hear and sympathize with what the moderators are saying, but I want to share a slightly different perspective.
The party line is that it's not ♦-moderators' job to verify the correctness of an answer. I find that entirely valid.
However, I think there's another reason why flagging these ...
I'm the 'culprit', so to speak, for declining the three comments you're asking about.
The Huge "THANKS!". :) comment should have been deleted (I think that was a case of me hitting the wrong option). My apologies for that one.
As for the other two, for me they were 50/50 and I could have gone either way. The reasons I opted to leave them were ...
We removed the "Other" option for users who don't yet have the cast close votes privilege. Trusting folks who haven't yet gained the system's trust to even know what's on- and off-topic, much less write helpful comments to this end, is pretty risky.
Removing the option to flag blatantly off-topic stuff isn't great either though. I tend to think the best ...
Thanks for raising the issue.
I examined the account and the post. I don't think it's overly malicious - especially with a slightly more verbose comment (I edited yours to show you what I mean).
This answer is potentially maliciously wrong. Pressing the red button will close the window or application and in some cases, you could lose data if the app ...
Ask Different doesn't seem to migrate many questions anywhere very often; in the last 90 days, 7 questions were migrated to SO and 1 to SU (and 6 to the child meta).
Migration paths are only created when there is a history of many good migrations having happened between site A and site B.
Source: Can we have StackOverflow added as a site we can migrate ...
I declined your flag since I try not to delete things that are not actually harmful. In this case, someone had already commented asking the poster to improve the post.
It's sometimes a decision point to leave something up so a new person or the community editing process can fix things and the OP can learn.
It's another thing to remove totally off-topic ...
In a nutshell, just because a flag was declined doesn't mean at all you shouldn't have raised them. I'll try to break down how I see things:
I wouldn't flag it as low quality (which is what it looks like you chose). It's too broad / unclear - there's clearly ...
In a nutshell: Flagging the answers as spam (or just for moderator attention) is absolutely ok in these cases.
We look into the account when we get notified of spam messages, so there is no urgent need to flag the user as well (especially if you already flagged the answer).
Short Answer: You can't.
Long Answer: I'm afraid you can't ;)
Flags is like votes, you can see your own, we can't. You have access to the raw data, and can compile stats from it, but there's no handy page, not even for a Mod, that will do it.
If you believe a comment is rude or offensive, you can flag it.
Hover over the comment and click the Flag button to the left of the comment, then select an option and click Flag Comment. A ♦︎ moderator will review the flag and delete/edit the comment as they see appropriate, or if a sufficient number of users flag the comment, it will be deleted ...
The important step in these cases is to flag the post so the moderator team is aware of it. Flagging gives you several options. In cases like the one mentioned in the question
"it is not an answer"
"it is very low quality"
seem to be appropriate (and you can always use the "other" option of course).
Answers which link elsewhere to answer the question should be flagged, but there's a bit more to it than that.
Answers which answer the question through quoting content from an external link or providing sufficient information such that if the link is removed an answer exists, regardless of quality, don't need flagging. If the content besides the link is ...
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 your flag.
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 of declined flags, and being lifted once the declined flags leave the time threshold for being counted.
While moderators are usually the ones who handle the ...
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 number; it's orange for flags and blue for votes.
You ask "how to flag an answer as not answering the question." How you flag it is exactly how you have done. Your issue is that the moderators reviewed your flags and disagreed with your assessment that the answer needs to be deleted. The solution is not to keep flagging the answer. If you don't find the answer helpful, don't accept it, don't vote for it, ...
(unanswered questions get bumped back to the top later when we least expect it, so to prevent this from happening, I've posted an "answer" to this "question." The question is indeed a timely reminder and a useful use of the featured tag. Besides, you can't go wrong with the answer 42.)
When it comes to migration, our policy in the past here has been only to migrate if the poster requested it. If the post were off-topic here, we close. If the post is on-topic here, we leave it here unless the poster requests sending it somewhere else. So a migration flag from someone other than the OP would be declined. We've had pretty heavy moderator ...
It is true that some people post comments as answers, but my experience shows that those posts usually do get deleted.
If something answers a question, it should not be flagged as not an answer.
Redundant answers are still answers, and could possibly be worded more clearly than the answers they duplicate.
Wrong answers are still answers, and it not ...
It's absolutely on topic. With a few exceptions there's an OR clause between the following:
Even third party products when the use of them involves Apple products in some obvious and clear manner we allow those questions too. The only thing that's off topic is ...