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Is a single rude remark inside an otherwise good answer grounds for deleting the whole answer?

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 ...
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Should moderators mark a high voted answer as the accepted answer after a while?

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 ...
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What's the point of flagging/putting on hold years old questions?

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 ...
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Should I Start Flagging Answers on Underdeveloped Questions?

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 ...
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Is a single rude remark inside an otherwise good answer grounds for deleting the whole answer?

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 ...
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Flags and close votes are not super downvotes

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, ...
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What's the point of flagging/putting on hold years old questions?

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 ...
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Why was my flag declined with "flags should only be used to make moderators aware of content that requires their intervention"?

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 ...
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Should I flag "Best way to ..." questions involving magic as "opinion based"?

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 ...
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Should we have "unbuilding" flags for comments?

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 ...
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Should I flag "Best way to ..." questions involving magic as "opinion based"?

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 ...
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Should moderators mark a high voted answer as the accepted answer after a while?

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 ...
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If a flag is raised on a question that is then deleted, should that be held against the flag raiser?

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 ...
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How long do flag-bans last?

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 ...
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One of my flags might be stuck in limbo

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 ...
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Is a single rude remark inside an otherwise good answer grounds for deleting the whole answer?

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 ...
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Is a single rude remark inside an otherwise good answer grounds for deleting the whole answer?

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 ...
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Flags and close votes are not super downvotes

…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, ...
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Please raise the threshold for the "too many answers" flag

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 ...
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Should I leave a comment before I flag a question? If not, why?

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 ...
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Flags and close votes are not super downvotes

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 ...
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Should we have "unbuilding" flags for comments?

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."...
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Is there a fine line defining a CoC violation?

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 ...
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Should I Start Flagging Answers on Underdeveloped Questions?

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, ...
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Bizarre Answer looks like Off-Topic

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 ...
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Can I have a "This isn't an answer, it's a story" flag?

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 ...
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Flagging comments on deleted answers?

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,...
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How is "low quality" flagged?

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, ...
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Why was my flag declined with "flags should only be used to make moderators aware of content that requires their intervention"?

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 ...
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Is a single rude remark inside an otherwise good answer grounds for deleting the whole answer?

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 (...
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