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NO This is what the edit function is for. I thought the comment was unnecessary and over the top, thought not actually "rude". I think it expressed a valid (if exasperated) position regarding the querent's present line of inquiry and mode of expression. If Monty Wild thought that the comment was rude, that's fair enough. You thought it was rude as ...

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Only the OP can accept an answer. Moderators can't override that. It's the OP's prerogative to give the checkmark to a good answer, a less-good answer that he says worked for him, or no answer at all. Fortunately, the default sorting is by score, so the best answer (according to the community) will still show up at the top of the list and thus be visible ...

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Our definition of what is an acceptable answer or question has evolved over time. We should strive for consistency across the site. We often suggest to new users to take a look around the site to see what makes a good question. If we don't close questions that no longer meet community standards, there will be a lot of hidden gotchas for new users. ...

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First of all, please be aware that moderators are volunteering their free time for handling exceptions that the community cannot handle. Based on the above, raising tons of flag is not likely to please any moderator. Clarified this, what do you expect a moderator to do with such a flag? Is that an exception? Is it something that the community cannot ...

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I will say that I do disagree with the deletion for reasons that many folks have articulated (though, as has also been acknowledged, the now-removed text was certainly over the line). Given that there seems like there's a fairly solid community consensus for undeleting the answer, I've gone ahead and done so. I'd like to give a shoutout to both the folks who ...

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Especially, please don't use flags to try to delete answers that are wrong answers. Downvote those (and consider helping to improve them). Use flags for things that don't even answer the question, or that are spam or abusive. Close votes are for questions that should be closed, not questions you'd just rather not see. Close reasons include "too broad" ...

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On Stack Overflow this was actually a pretty big deal. Very early on, while the Stack Exchange model was still developing, things were pretty wide open. The community was smaller and the occasional joke or mildly off topic question was tolerated because while the site was small the problem was small. Then the site grew... What was once the occasional errant ...

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Your profile currently shows a single declined flag, so I assume that's the one you are talking about; that particular flag was handled by Tim B. I've taken another look at the answer, and the below is how I would reason. Flags should ideally be used for content that is basically "unsalvageable" within the scope of the site. As you say that after the ...

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My humble opinion is that these are extremely helpful to world builders, can have reasonable estimates of "better or worse" (if not quantifiable), and fit the theme and purpose of this site. I think it would do the site a discredit to begin to VTC any such question simply because the quality of the answer isn't quantifiable. After all, the original website, ...

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If you see comments that are rude, please flag them as such. If you see something that's non-constructive but not outright rude, feel free to use either "no longer needed" or a custom flag. If you see an answer in comments, consider leaving a comment (particularly if the user is not a veteran of the site) suggesting an answer instead. I usually try to ...

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Before doing something relatively invasive like flagging or even voting to close, you should always consider if a less invasive approach is applicable and appropriate. For example, let's take an otherwise good, on-topic question that simply ends by asking: What would be the best way to do Y within the above constraints? or, with a context that implies ...

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I just want to add to Monica's answer by saying that there have been times when I have not gotten what I considered to be an acceptable answer to my question. The question remained, as did its existing answers, but I still held out hope that someone new would find the question and write a new answer to it. This is, in fact, a thing we should encourage users ...

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I am the one who handled your flag. As Monica Cellio correctly guessed, when I checked the two users your flag was referring to, I found just one and therefore declined the flag. I didn't take any other action, and as far as I can tell, you are just being warned when flagging, there is no ban on your profile. To quote Monica: The system is trying to help ...

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From the status-completed feature-request Allow recovery from flag hellban, specifically this accepted answer: Flaggers with a recent (past 7 days) flagging history consisting of at least 10 handled flags where >= 10% of flags were declined will see [a warning displaying the message "Attention: some of your recent flags have been declined - please review ...

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We currently have a not insignificant (for world building anyway) backlog of flags. I can tell from your display name you are aware of all the...stuff going on with SE. Most of the moderators on the site are marked inactive right now in protest. We are keeping an eye on flags for stuff that needs immediate attention but everything else is basically ...

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YES... and no... Stack Exchange has become draconian. What was once a problem primarily on Stack Overflow has swung entirely to the other side and become a systemic and institutionalized problem in the corporation and that's infecting the user base. Problem #1 is the Code of Conduct, which teaches us to hand-slap people instantly for not being perfect (or ...

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No. First off, as @elemtilas has already pointed out, there's a reason we, as users, can edit posts. I would also like to add that, while it is somewhat rude, it isn't overly offensive. I could see deleting it if it said something like "you shouldn't be writing, you arrogant %^\$&! Stop polluting our site with your #$@\\$." However, it doesn't. ...

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…simply don't like, but as we should all be aware that's what downvotes are for. no. According to the docs, Use your downvotes whenever you encounter an egregiously sloppy, no-effort-expended post, or an answer that is clearly and perhaps dangerously incorrect. It is not for “I dislike this”. If you simply dislike it, read something else. If a question ...

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Distribution of questions by answer-count, last 90 days This is another one of those sites where the expected number of answers skews a bit toward "many"; the gentle fall-off from 2-8 answers is wildly different from the free-fall from 1 to 2 on most other sites. One might suspect that a question which garners only a single answer here is perhaps doing a ...

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If there is a fixable problem with a question and somebody hasn't already commented about it, leaving a comment asking for clarification or otherwise explaining the problem is a good thing. To forestall discussion in comments you can add something like "Please  to add details" (or whatever the issue was). Try to avoid conversation in comments, but ...

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Just a note: You are native English speaker. Many people here are not. Thus, something that is clear, just sloppy, for you may be legitimately unclear for others. Something that is a poorly written answer for you, may look like gibberish and thus not an answer for others. It is hard to tell without specific examples. Please keep this in mind when judging ...

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First let me address this : "If you are handwaving this, then why don't you handwave that?/This is unrealistic and it doesn't matter what you do because you're already handwaving/and so on." Which borders on the edge of rude and isn't helpful at all. I don't think that it is unhelpful and certainly not rude to say that. It's an observation that ...

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There's always a big grey area between what may cause offence, what will cause offence, and what is acceptable. The ability to offend isn't by itself enough to cause a comment to be deleted as there is always someone out there who will find offence at the most innocent of statements. The relevant part of the CoC is: No bigotry. We don’t tolerate any ...

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This is a kind of tossing the baby out with the bathwater kind of solution. I appreciate wanting good questions, but Flagging and calling in the Mods is not the best way to get them. First of all, this is a community and the community really gets to decide what is a good or fully baked question. The mechanism is provided in the form of Downvotes and ...

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I wouldn't necessarily call it a "religious" answer, but it certainly doesn't answer the question. It seems to be intended to be some kind of answer like "the last big civilization left technology on the planet and now we view this magnificent technology as something given to us by the gods". It doesn't address in any way which past era in our real world ...

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The NAA flag should've read like this for that type of answers: This was posted as an answer, but it does not attempt to answer the question. It should possibly be an edit, a comment, another question, or deleted altogether. I don't see the problem with story-based answer. The problem only happens when it becomes too-story, which can be solved by, in ...

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Once a post is deleted, it's out of view of most visitors to the site -- only users with 10k rep who go that far down the page will see them. So it's not super-important to flag those -- and, in fact, I didn't even know you could flag deleted comments, but I've learned that you can. (Thanks for the science, Aify.) If you see something super-bad, like ...

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Yes, this was flagged manually as Not an Answer, and entered the moderator flag queue and the Low Quality Posts queue. The community dealt with it before a diamond moderator did, and, for the record, it was automatically marked as "disputed" after going through the review queue.

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As the person who handled the flag I can't really add much to what Michael said but I can confirm that I was looking at the post-edit version. For the record though I would most likely have declined the flag even on the pre-edit version. The question is a reality-check - they are asking if something is possible. Replying saying it is not possible may or may ...

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In my opinion, that answer should not have been deleted. As a moderator on another SE site, I simply edit out anything that will likely be construed as rude. If it becomes a routine problem (exceptionally rare), I'll ask the community member to please be more kind. It has never required any more intervention than that. Overall, I work hard to value everyone'...

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