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An answer I flagged as very low quality was declined despite answer being of very low quality?

Sorry, that was my fault. This is an unfortunate side effect of the way flag handling works on the mod side. What happened there is that it was flagged VLQ… and also flagged Not An Answer, which wasn'...
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Flagging comments for deletion: flag one or all?

Now that I've served as an elected mod and seen the tools... Flag them all. This post is all about moderators' workflow, so I'm going to get a little into the weeds, here: When you cast a flag (on ...
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Why were comment flags declined but comments deleted?

That was me. Sorry about the mix-up. When I received your flags I looked over the situation. I thought it was still a developing situation, which means the comments would need to stay. I dismissed ...
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We still don't actually take flags seriously, right?

It’s corporate boilerplate, yes, but it’s not wrong either. We do take flags seriously — we consider each one on its merits and on its context and take appropriate action. Whether someone gets in ...
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Flagging comments for deletion: flag one or all?

For obsolete or too-chatty messages, you can flag one with a custom flag describing which ones need attention, or flag them each individually — whichever is more convenient for you. (That includes “...
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Answers that agree with other answer

We expect answers to be independent — after all, the other answer might get deleted, or changed, or buried in a long list of other answers, and it's not useful to force readers to search just to ...
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What is the most efficient way to flag to remove a post from the HNQ?

Moderators can remove posts from the HNQ It's a two-click process, easy as pie. So flag the post "in need of moderator intervention" and explain what you find problematic about its being ...
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Why was my "not an answer" flag declined on this answer?

I declined that flag. It may be low quality, but it is a sincere attempt to answer the question, which makes the not-an-answer flag not apply to it. Consider: “What was that noise?” “Could it have ...
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How should I flag comments criticising my choice of game/edition?

Based on your question on main this seems to be part of a pattern of responses you're seeing criticising your choice of game. It looks like you feel harassed and that's pretty understandable. RPG.SE ...
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The new comment flags seem like they fail to track some info we used to be able to track

Yes, the new flags end up working differently, being used differently, and giving us different immediate1 information. From what I've seen this is mostly positive though. The purpose of the change as ...
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10 votes

Answers that agree with other answer

If an answer repeats another answer, that's fine--sometimes there's more than one way to say the same thing, and maybe a later user has a more cogent way to express the concept. If an answer relies ...
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Please do not flood queues with old posts found by searching without first clearing the flood with Meta

Larger sites deal with a high count of review items on a regular basis and it works, because no single user is responsible for reviewing the whole queue and the system is built with that in mind. ...
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How does the post notice for unsupported answers get put on?

It's a post notice. Diamond moderators can add and remove it. There's no flag associated with it. Leave a comment requesting the clarification or support that's needed. If it's egregious then also ...
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How temporary are comments that ask for clarification of a post?

Comments should be deleted (or flagged for deletion) only when they are no longer relevant. Once requests for clarification or correction are addressed by the post author, by incorporating or ...
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What is the user policy for up-voting on comments, incorporating the advice of the comment, and then flagging the comment as no longer needed?

Once comments are actioned they should be removed. Comments are temporary "Post-It" notes and we don't keep them around longer than we need them. If a comment requesting clarification or suggesting ...
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Why was my NaA flag declined?

I declined the flag. In hindsight I ought to have not done so and instead left it to community review. There were two things on my mind. First, I'd been thinking about homebrew review questions all ...
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Please do not flood queues with old posts found by searching without first clearing the flood with Meta

I'm the one who put those questions into the close vote queue, so I figured I should say my piece. There were game-recs and other old questions there, and I didn't dump them in from search. I'll get ...
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Why has this NLN comment flag been declined?

In general, comments expressing appreciation/praise for an answer don't need to be cleaned up in the way that the following types of comments do: asking clarifying questions (that have been answered) ...
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How should I flag comments criticising my choice of game/edition?

For my part, edition warring here is something I take a dim view of — someone can blog or tweet about how edition X sucks and that's fine in their own space, but in a RPG community it's quickly toxic. ...
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Can we auto-flag no-rep users posting answers with e-mail addresses?

Since this was asked, Smoke Detector (“Smokey”) has started running on SE. Smoke Detector is a bot (run by Good People™ who work closely with SE staff, and some of whom are mods) that watches Stack ...
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An answer I flagged as very low quality was declined despite answer being of very low quality?

Yeah, so in general there's no fixed answer to this. SSD has identified the issue that happened with this exact answer - it showed up with a NAA flag that got declined - but in general, VLQ gets ...
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How should I flag comments criticising my choice of game/edition?

Just to throw a fourth answer in there, I might have flagged that as "not constructive," on the theory that it's a tiny stub of a badly-executed frame challenge in a comment, rather than in an answer ...
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Why was my duplicate flag declined?

I took a look at the timeline of the post to see what happened. It was declined automatically when the review queue vote result ended up as “Leave Open” (by 3 to 1). Your flag recommended it for ...
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Did I incorrectly flag these posts?

I have not been review banned, but I did flag a bunch of those and they all got declined. Looking at my accepted 'NAA' flags, I'm not sure if I'm seeing a consistent response to flags by reviewers (...
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How temporary are comments that ask for clarification of a post?

Comments should be deleted (or flagged for deletion) only when they are no longer relevant. There is no specific timeline for that. Here are a few examples of applying that principle: If the comment ...
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How should I flag comments criticising my choice of game/edition?

Offensive flags should be used for patently offensive. I don't intend to take the time to find out the rich history behind an offensive flag, if it's clearly offensive I'll uphold the flag but if it'...
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What are the criteria for a comment being auto-deleted when you flag it as "no longer needed"?

From this post on the main meta, it appears the criteria for auto deleting comments when a user flags them is the following: Comments that are flagged by multiple users are deleted automatically. The ...
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What are the criteria for a comment being auto-deleted when you flag it as "no longer needed"?

The criteria you're looking for are not publicly documented, to prevent people from taking advantage of it (e.g. to obtain flag-related badges). Some possible candidates can be found in this Meta ...
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The new comment flags seem like they fail to track some info we used to be able to track

In my eyes, this is a valid concern: I often do go through my posts and then correct stuff based on comments, which I subequently flagged as obsoltete, and soon were removed. With the new system ...
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Context for flags changing between being raised and handled

o/ (I was the mod who handled that flag.) At the time we look at the flag--and there are a couple different UIs where that can happen, I was in the overlay in case another mod is wondering--we can see ...
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