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Why are flags on obsolete comments being denied?

I don't know why the flags were denied. Those comments, as well as others, were clearly made obsolete by subsequent edits of the associated posts. I've gone through and cleaned things up.
Dave Tweed's user avatar
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Should crazy bot-generated answers be flagged as spam?

Since this is Meta, I suppose I could just add my reasoning as an answer for people to upvote and downvote at their leisure. Yes, flag as spam This is most likely written by a bot trying to build up ...
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Why on earth was this flag on this answer of a moderator rejected?

The question, as originally asked, was clearly based on a fundamental misconception. (The original question title was "Why is adding AC power is easier than adding DC power?") The answer you refer ...
Ilmari Karonen's user avatar
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Vote for an answer to become accepted

According to this answer on Meta, the Community bot only bumps Questions with at least 30 days of no activity, at least one answer scoring zero, and no answers scoring above that. So if you want ...
The Photon's user avatar
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Why do we allow "i'm voting to close because [x]" in the comments?

The comment is primarily there to provide feedback to the OP. Whether other agree with it or not is secondary.
Dave Tweed's user avatar
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Should crazy bot-generated answers be flagged as spam?

It looks like quite some people disagree with my point of view, so I'll expand further. It looks like spam, but it shouldn't be treated as spam I assimilate these posts as intentional gibberish, which,...
dim's user avatar
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Introduce flag for suicide attempt

No Just use the custom close flag.
pipe's user avatar
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Why do we allow "i'm voting to close because [x]" in the comments?

Think of it from the OP's point of view. What would you rather see, a question closed with only one of the canned text to explain why, or a more detailed explanation from someone that voted to close? ...
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Was I wrong flagging this as not an answer?

Just because a moderator does not ultimately affirm a flag, it does not mean that you shouldn't have raised it. In this case, I reviewed the flag, and decided that the fact that it was a self-answer ...
Dave Tweed's user avatar
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Reasons for a declined flag

I'm not a mod, so had nothing to do with declining the flag. However, that question is about computer architecture, which is on topic here. The question itself isn't great because it gives very ...
Olin Lathrop's user avatar
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Flag as not an "Answer" when "Question" does not contain a question

Re: Flag or not an "Answer" when "Question" does not contain a question Summary: I think the part about the question is the primary issue in that situation. Unclear (vague, ...
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Flag a question, choices for suggesting another site

If it's off-topic, then close it as off-topic. If it's a good question that is off-topic, then you can flag it using the "Other" line and a moderator can review it for migration.
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Declined low-quality flag

I declined the flag, and yes it wasn't an obvious choice, many others may disagree. My rationale has been well explained by pipe and Olin: it was not a good answer, but nothing that needed to ...
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Should this be considered as spam?

In general, you should flag answers like that as spam. In this particular case, it seems as though we the moderators didn't deal with the posts (by removing the link or deleting the post). It looks ...
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What to do with answers that answer a different question than the one actually asked?

In this case, the answer was pure plagiarism, and got deleted altogether. If it is clear that the answerer misunderstood the question, then it should be flagged as "not an answer". But understand ...
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Why do we allow "i'm voting to close because [x]" in the comments?

If somebody voted to close a question, the system automatically generates indicators. The questions is added to the the close review queue. "close (n)", where n is the current number of close votes, ...
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Correctly Flagging Spam, Not Vote to Close (From StackOverflow Meta)

I don't see a problem that needs addressing. As far as I can tell, the spam handling system works well. As you say, the right way to handle spam is to flag it as such. In my experience, the mods ...
Olin Lathrop's user avatar
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Which flag to use for no attempt on homework question?

That's only an issue for users with rep < 3,000. I can see that your rep is currently some 1,000 and that's probably why you're asking yourself about this. I had this very same doubt until I got ...
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Declined low-quality flag

Peronally, I don't think flagging was appropriate here. I agree that was a crappy answer. The right mechanism for that is to downvote. If you think the OP has a simple misconception, something is ...
Olin Lathrop's user avatar
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Why were these comment not unfriendly or unkind or rude or condescending and flags rejected?

I've flagged one comment as "not nice" after the rollout of the new guidelines. The flag was declined, but the comment disappeared nonetheless, which I suppose is the goal. I suppose the mods thus ...
Scott Seidman's user avatar
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Should crazy bot-generated answers be flagged as spam?

It's precursor spam. It is obviously nothing to do with electronics, and it isn't the sort of thing a newbie electronics person would post. It falls into the category of: This user was created to ...
Nick Gammon's user avatar
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I flagged an electronics repair question and was told "That is a bad use of the flag system"

Help center says, for the flagging privilege (obtained at 15 rep): When should I flag? If anything happens on our site that makes you feel uncomfortable or that, in your opinion, clearly does not ...
dim's user avatar
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Profile flag history: What does the appended number represent?

I wondered about that myself, and I eventually concluded that it's the number of answers that the question has.
Dave Tweed's user avatar
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Why do we allow "i'm voting to close because [x]" in the comments?

It's not that its allowed -- its that when prompted for certain "other" close reasons in the close menus, you're forced to type something, and that something is automatically added to the comments. A ...
Scott Seidman's user avatar
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Which flag to use for no attempt on homework question?

Usually, we just leave a comment about "homework with no attempt at a solution" and vote to close as "unclear what you're asking". There's really no need for moderator intervention.
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Why on earth was this flag on this answer of a moderator rejected?

Bad answers are still answers. Not an answer flags are used for things that don't even attempt to answer the question (and thats obviously subjective), as in asking another question, an attempt to get ...
Passerby's user avatar
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Flag as not an "Answer" when "Question" does not contain a question

In the general case you describe, you should not flag it as "not an answer". According to How do I properly use the "Not an Answer" flag?: Do not use this flag when: The user ...
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Why on earth was this flag on this answer of a moderator rejected?

You claim to quote the whole answer when you write "It simply states", but you left out the part that actually answered the question! Why did you do that? Would your message read differently if you ...
pipe's user avatar
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I flagged an electronics repair question and was told "That is a bad use of the flag system"

In addition to the other answers, moderators can take some flak when community moderation isn't allowed to take it's course before they zoom in and close something. It takes 5 users to close a ...
Scott Seidman's user avatar

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