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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 anything) it increments an easy-to-see counter on our topbar, the same way you used to see a count on a red background indicating items in the Review Queues. ...


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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 been a wolf?” — this reply is an answer, not a request for clarification or a separate question, even if it may have a question mark on it. It has an ...


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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 rejecting them, those comments often become obsolete. However, comments are a multi-axis thing. Upvotes count. If there is a comment with a needed clarification or ...


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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 improvement has been actioned, flag it as No Longer Needed. If you left the comment and it's been actioned, delete it yourself. There's no need to upvote the ...


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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) suggesting improvements to the answer (and having those suggestions either accepted or rejected by the answerer) disagreeing with the answerer (and having the ...


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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 duplication, but the reviewers disagreed. That ended the recommendation with a “decline.” Later a user with a gold badge closed it as a duplicate. Though the ...


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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 asked for clarification and it was given, then it should be removed. If it asks for clarification and the issue still exists, it should not. Sometimes there is ...


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The guidelines on comment removal aren't black and white I can't answer why that specific comment flag was declined (only the Mod who declined can do so), but I can say that the 'rules' around comment removal are somewhat fluid. There isn't a strict line that gets crossed when non-offending comments get removed. I've often flagged comments I thought should ...


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I would say there are many reasons but the most likely is purely a numbers game. This looks like non-linear growth with step changes. The non-linear nature I would put down to number of users reviewing * number of questions * number answers, all of which should be steadily increasing on a healthy SE site. I would put the steps down to singular events, ...


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