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My rude/offensive flags on insulting comments were declined

Some of the comments called into question here reminded me of someone that I hadn't thought about in years, my 10th and 11th grade electronics teacher. Hey, Mr. Gibbs - if you're reading this, thanks ...
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My rude/offensive flags on insulting comments were declined

The way I've had the situation described to me by some of the other moderators is the following: If a user is responsible for perhaps 5% or so of the monthly site "value" (for one arbitrary ...
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My rude/offensive flags on insulting comments were declined

Personally, I'D prefer a more liberal removal of snark by our mods, especially toward newbies. I've seen snark comments in our meta removed by SE community, and see that as a guideline. That said, ...
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Adding a flag for homework problems

I don't think Homework is off-topic. "Gimme the answer" is off topic, but a well-reasoned question, showing real effort in advance and reference to where the student is stuck is very welcome. The ...
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My rude/offensive flags on insulting comments were declined

I think is is partly a cultural issue, and partly a clash of what people perceive as is this sites goal. The following might seem a bit exaggerated, but this is just the result on concentrating on the ...
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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.
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My rude/offensive flags on insulting comments were declined

I see that my extended comments on Tim Post's answer are similar to other 'answers' which are comments on the broader subject - so I'm converting them here to an 'answer" with some additions and ...
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My rude/offensive flags on insulting comments were declined

I'm active on a few SE sites, and read EE.SE fairly regularly. IMO, most of the example comments are not that bad: Enough with those stupid wiring diagrams already! "Stupid" clearly refers to ...
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Adding a flag for homework problems

My strategy for homework questions. If the O.P. has demonstrated effort for solving the problem and he is genuinely stuck, then homeworkness of the question is not a problem. (There may be other ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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My rude/offensive flags on insulting comments were declined

I'll post this as a related "answer" in its own right. If it gets a life of its own I'll leave it here and delete it from its position as an appendix to my answer. If it gets beaten to a pulp I'll ...
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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.
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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,...
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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 ...
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Introduce flag for suicide attempt

No Just use the custom close flag.
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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 ...
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Flags wrongly declined?

Are you seeing something like this? Which I flagged through this interface/pop up. You will notice that the "moderator attention" flagging is a separate line item. Which implies that the other ...
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Answer flag declined because of the age of the answer

I went ahead and deleted it. Part of the concern is to discourage going through old questions looking for trouble. When you go back 3-4 years, to the infancy of the site, you see a lot of behavior ...
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More migration options

I don't know if it's changed or I just have some issue, but I NEVER see anything but the meta group for a migration option, and the meta group is usually not a good option when I think of migrating. ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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