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Thanks for posting this up here - we always answer and would much rather have a civil discussion here rather than a to and fro in comments. Here are my thoughts: Your answer as originally posted could essentially be boiled down to "It's Apple's fault. The headphone socket does not work on OS X, use Ubuntu". I could have used a couple of reasons for ...


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This is a wonderful summary and shows in plain data how much everyone does to moderate this site past those of us with a diamond granting a couple of the more formal moderation tools. I am humbled by the overwhelming goodwill people bring to this site to help each other and make a place to answer questions people have about Apple services and products. ...


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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.


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Yes, moderators can change an answer into a comment and attach it to the question (or any other answer) within the same question thread. Usually we use this exactly in the situation you mention (low rep user asking a clarification question).


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No. Nobody can explain this to you because you're already convinced that you've provided a quality answer and are unpersuaded by arguments to the contrary. Open debate is good for the community and I'm glad you raised the issue but every respondent has pretty much told you the same thing. Mike, as is his nature, went (in my opinion) above and beyond to try ...


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Thank you @shog9 for your many years of service here. You were instrumental to me learning the ropes as I joined the sites and got adjusted to what it means to serve as one of the moderators here - first by reputation and then after election. Thank you, Shog9 Thanks specifically the kind words, encouragement, humor and humanity you brought to the concept ...


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No. 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 ...


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Comments are ephemeral. Especially if they turn into a long exchange, we delete them. Notice the warning telling you to avoid extended discussions in comments. Either edit the answer if the answer's poster is on board, or propose a new answer.


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I'm mainly interested in avoiding false positives. If someone is legitimate new user to our site and wants to find question they can answer, one way to get a foot in the door might be to recommend a piece of software that solves someone's problem. Of course this is also the model for how a spammer would operate. My main concern is avoiding alienating new ...


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I've been there many times, in different StackExchange websites. Got many of my questions deleted. Got few of my answers heavily down-voted. It's very frustrating indeed. But I've never been on the other side: being a mod. So I can only assume... To me, the moderators are doing a very heavy job, most of the time. All of the ones I've crossed by are highly ...


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This So, under my thinking: If a new, mostly unidentified, unregistered, 1-rep user posts an answer to an old question, and the answer mentions/links to a commercial product or service, or a sketchy blog/article linking to such, my shit-detector goes off. describes the way I look for spam myself quite nicely. So if you follow that approach to flag stuff ...


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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 have nothing to do with a specific product you may know and find useful. The astroturfing / spamming is really for when an account only posts marketing blurb - ...


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It is a tag badge. There is a silver, gold and bronze tag badge. You get one for each tag depending on the score you earn on each. For example. a gold osx badge shows this gold badge symbol when marking as duplicate. It gives the user elevated privileges to better handle tag moderation. Add gold tag badge privileges to a user's Privileges page


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I wouldn't delete a post based on a -1 personally. Maybe if you're at -5 and you find the answer is totally not helpful / even when you misunderstand a question and make an attempt to answer, hundreds of people will likely make the same error and having that up can help the site. It also can help someone with a similar problem but they find your answer. ...


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The Community User always is a bot. See this post on Meta SE for some more details. Also, the profile page for that user is quite descriptive: https://apple.stackexchange.com/users/-1/community?tab=profile If you find something that isn't documented there, we can open a new question to have that addressed. As for this edit, the user approving it has >...


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I'd be more okay with a more aggressive anti-spam approach if we had a help page about "My message got deleted as spam but I wasn't trying to post spam. What happened and what can I do?" that a user got a link to when their post was deleted as spam. That page could describe that first posts that contain either promotion of less-known software or links to ...


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