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I'm the moderator in question, and I declined the flag. The following is taken from What are the spam and offensive flags and how do they work?: Even if a post is a bad post for some reason or another, it is probably not offensive. The Offensive flag is meant to be used only in extreme cases, like hate speech, or abuse. For example, if a user ...


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Looks like me for all three. For the past couple years every time I've declined a flag, I've had to select a reason from a short list. You do get that feedback, right? The short answer to each one is that immediate feedback. The longer answer is that what you think requires a moderator's attention is not in tune with mine. In most cases that I've seen ...


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The flag is titled, "Not an Answer", it isn't "Not THE Answer" which is the primary issue I've seen. Poor answers should be downvoted, perhaps commented. Flags aren't necessary. I've copied the below from an excellent meta.stackexchange answer. When should I use this flag? Use this flag when an answer is being used to: Ask a new ...


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The purpose of the 'not an answer' flag is well summarised in the meta-discussion Flagging as 'not an answer'. I reproduce it here for convenience. The "not an answer" flag is for the following situations: The OP... needed to update the question with new information, but posted the new information as an answer. wanted to reply to an existing comment or ...


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First, I agree with your flag on the second answer you linked to, and it looks like it has since been deleted. I think the most relevant point in the answer you linked is the last sentence: If an answer is technically inaccurate, wrong, or just doesn't answer the question, downvote it. Even though the first answer you linked doesn't actually answer its ...


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People do not always ask the question that they really need the answer for. I cannot tell you how many times I have ignored a question and instead addressed what I considered to be the real problem. Consider this made up example: How can I sacrifice my mana? I might respond with: Land and Mana are two different things. You can sacrifice Land to cards ...


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They are both asking about the same rule which is En Passant which means they can both be answered by the same question. Just because one is only asking about the name doesn't mean it can't be answered by another question that is asking about how the rule works. In the end having it as a duplicate is not a bad thing as that way others who don't know the name ...


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I flagged an answer-comment once on Board and Card Games. It was deemed helpful. You raised the same type of flag, and it was rejected. That tells me that our moderators probably handle these types of flags differently. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but in this case I think our moderators need to be consistent. I expect answer-comment flags to be ...


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Yes, "no longer needed" is appropriate for obsolete comments, and as far as I can tell, that comment was obsolete, and that's why someone deleted it eventually. I don't know why your initial flag was declined. Note that comment flags are lighter-weight than question/answer flags, just as comments are themselves less important. In particular, the only ...


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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 ...


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Sorry for the late reply - somehow I missed this. I was the one that declined the flags. The reasons were several, and mostly correctly guessed by others: I don't like deleting comments during the active phase of a Q/A. I personally find it weird and disturbing to come back and find my comments gone. And I take pride in my good comments, and like to ...


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As I understand it (I may be wrong!), flags are essentially requests for deletion. I'm assuming a single moderator did both actions and did so because the post, although it may have included profanity, was not otherwise worthy of straight up deletion.


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Good question! Here is one possible answer: Deleting a comment string such as the one you pointed to should probably be done at some point. I'm not sure the right time to do it is minutes after you edited your answer to incorporate the comments. Deleting comments could confuse users, particularly new ones, who were either participating in the ...


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In practice, "no answers in comments" is not enforced in the main StackExchange sites (like StackOverlow), and what is done there is what most people get used to. It can be difficult to decide if some text is worthy of an answer or if it should be just a comment, and since answers are heavily moderated and can be downvoted, comments are less restricted. ...


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I suspect it's because it's not obvious without context that the comment is not relevant to the question. It is a known weakness of the flag system that moderators see flagged comments alone, without the question or surrounding comments for context. In the future, in situations like this, I would suggest using a custom flag on the comment or the question to ...


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There is no comment flag for "this is an answer". I don't see every such comment as deserving of deletion and will respond accordingly. The consistency you seek is there. It is the same that it has ever been. When you flag, a moderator will respond to your flag in the best way we can. I tend not to delete newer comments that are not harmful to the site. ...


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Thanks for bringing this up. I declined the flag because honestly it's too technical for me to know what the right action is here. Is this a comment? Or is it a new question (and therefore should be deleted)? There was a question here before the edit by Tom Au. Or is this actually an answer to the original question, but talking about some edge case? In which ...


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