I left a comment on When do you check if you lose.

This question does not show any research effort. The first Google result for "prosperity mtg" has a ruling that says "10/4/2004 If both players run out of cards during this effect, the game is a draw." – Rainbolt Feb 14 at 21:06

The response I got was this:

I realize that now, but thanks for pointing out my stupidity and yours or lack there of, SENPAI – eric Feb 14 at 23:57

For those who may not know, referring to someone as senpai in this way is a form of sarcastic admiration. That sarcasm, plus a jab about someone's stupidity, makes up the entirety of the comment. Comments really don't get any less constructive than this.

I flagged the comment as "Not Constructive", but the flag was declined. Was raising a flag the wrong thing to do? Did I raise the wrong type of flag (something I've been known to do in the past)?

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I think you were right in raising a flag on that comment, but you should have went with "rude or offensive" instead of "not constructive". I think a rude or offensive comment is worse for the site than a non-constructive comment. So if you took offense, I think it would be more appropriate to use that flag instead. Being rude is never constructive, so "rude or offensive" is actually more specific than "not constructive". I mean, assuming that you took offense.

On a side note... I don't mean to start an argument about who started it, but your own comment probably also came off as rude. I mean, lmgtfy on a new user seems really inappropriate.

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    This does not answer the question, but it might if you add an explanation as to why I should have used a different type of flag. Regarding the second paragraph, posting links to Google along with a constructive argument is considered acceptable. The real problem with my comment is that it was not phrased in the nicest way possible - something I have taken note of and will attempt to improve.
    – Rainbolt
    Mar 30, 2016 at 0:44
  • @Rainbolt I answered your first question, "was raising a flag the right thing to do?" Yes it was. I first speculated about how the mod might have looked at the whole comment discussion instead of just the one you flagged, but since that's speculation I left that out. Would like to hear that from the mod in question.
    – freekvd
    Mar 30, 2016 at 4:53
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    Okay, thanks for expanding your answer to include an explanation. I wasn't offended by the comment - I flag comments like these so that future readers don't have to parse through a bunch of useless information to find what they are looking for. My comment helps readers find the answer. The other comment does not. I hope mods recognize the difference between the two comments, and react with more granularity than "Keep all the comments." or "Nuke all the comments."
    – Rainbolt
    Mar 30, 2016 at 13:15

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