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All sorts of things get upvotes: it doesn't mean that they are necessarily answers! Alan is of of course right that unhelpful answers can be voted down, but sometimes what should be a comment or edit gets posted as an answer then upvoted. Those should be flagged: it's not the votes that are important, nor the correctness, but whether the 'answer' is at ...


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There is no way this can be done by users, since it may be a very subjective approach to moderation which is not visible to other users. Instead, it is suggested to either flag the users' posts or comments - anything that would get the attention of a moderator - and explain the situation. Also see: Flag abusive users


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I think there is some consensus that wrong answers are not the same as "not an answer", and should not be flagged. Correct flagging (or: bad answers are answers, too) for some discussion from one of the Moderators on this. The voting system is supposed to separate good answers from bad ones. So it's fine to downvote a bad answer if you think that's necessary,...


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I would leave a comment on the answer, explaining why it doesn't answer the question, giving the poster the chance to respond and argue their point/adjust their answer/remove it. If after that you still think the answer is wrong and might be misleading for others, downvote it. That's what the voting system is for. I don't think flagging is the right thing to ...


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In general, the site is intended to work as a community, so using your votes is the preferred way to push for closing. Flagging is best used for things that really need moderator attention, which is more likely to be true for older questions which might not attract other people's interest than for very recent posts that will (probably) get other close votes. ...


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In terms of spam notification, you have a number of options: Flag it as spam. Enough spam flags can lead to deletion. This will also notify moderators who can take immediate action. Flag for moderator attention and mention it is spam (similar to above), but will require moderators to take action. Downvote. Questions with a certain number of downvotes are ...


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In general flags should only be considered not helpful if they were really useless or used wrong. There is a penalty for denying flags after all and the moderator must justify why the flag was denied. If the flagged question is in a gray area -- for e.g. migration or otherwise -- and the moderator decides after careful consideration that no action is ...


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As of now, unflagging is not possible*, most likely because it doesn't happen often enough to warrant special treatment in this way. Possible ways of "unflagging": Visit the chat room, find one of the mods and profusely apologize. :) They may be able to dismiss a flag and avoid it from spreading to the review queues. If mods aren't directly available in ...


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Flagging using the generic 'needs mod attention' function is fine (though we tend to be conservative about closing). Whilst we can add a limited number of custom close reasons for the site, the number of uses has never seem worth it: we don't have one big use of flagging.


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First, you miss part of the edit. The user: added a paragraph break; re-formatted couple things in italics; made the two parenthesis bold. If I were reviewing that edit, I would probably correct it and un-bold the parenthesis, but still marking the edit as useful. As for your question, no, you can't flag an edit. You can, however: Go in the chat and ...


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Martin has covered the 'helpful' concept pretty well: it's about whether the flag was 'sensible', but that is not the same as 'acted upon' (otherwise flagging could do tasks automatically). On the migration question, in the mod chat the point has been made that migration should be because the question will contribute to the target site, not just that it's ...


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You've acted entirely correctly: the whole point of the 10k tools is to spread the load of keeping on top of issues beyond a small group of mods to everyone who has 'invested' heavily in the site. On the particular question you point to, I'm not quite sure what the 'disputed' is supposed to mean. Like you, I felt the answer was fine, with the shortness '...


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Flagging is intended for cases where 'user' actions cannot suffice. For example, an objectively wrong answer can be downvoted: that's how the site is supposed to work. On the other hand, an answer with is about a totally different topic, or is itself a question, should really be removed entirely: that requires moderator action. I would not get hung up too ...


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I would add another option: Add another answer with the correct solution, explaining, with a practical example, why the previous answer could be dangerous. As for the previous answer, I'd just opt for 1 (ignoring is always the best policy). If the OP (asker) solves their problem with it, it is OK, it is very likely the OP is using it for their thesis, and ...


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Ask the comment owner, wait for a few days then post an answer if this really bothers you.


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My main advice would be: Do what you think is right (comment, edit, answer, etc.), and just ignore the downvotes (they cost almost no rep) and other "interesting reactions" you observed. Unless they get abusive. If the other user becomes abusive, report that behavior to the moderators. I'm not sure, but I think massive targeted downvoting of a single user's ...


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I think this is one where it's borderline: I suspect the person answering did think it was about the issue, though personally I would say this is more of a comment. The 'clear cut' cases where flagging as 'not an answer' work are where the post is actually a new question, is totally off the topic in hand, etc. One might argue that downvoting is appropriate ...


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10k users were seeing all posts with moderator flags on them, whether they were deleted or not. Next build corrects this issue, so you shouldn't be seeing deleted posts on the 10k tools unless you are a moderator.


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In my opinion, there are two parties that get hurt in the process of asking for MWEs. One is the people who have commented for a MWE just above a 14 voted answer (which is kind of funny if you think about it, happened to me a lot so no complaints!). The other one is the people who ask almost identical questions without MWE but the question gets closed ...


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I don't think that an anonymous comment option would work. If I added a comment "you will get problems with hyperref with this code" anonymously I would probably had to add some proofs and explanations — and then people would identify me anyway. As you said in a comment: at the end we are recognizable not only by our names but also by our actions. I don't ...


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I believe if you "inform moderator", then one of the moderators will get the note you leave and come investigate. Obviously, this is asking time and effort of them, so there should be some limit on how many requests one can send. I also believe that they are replenished per day, always with the same maximum regardless of any kind of status. And to be ...


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The pink background means that the flagged question, answer or comment has been deleted.


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I agree with Joseph on this call, that the "answer" might be an edge case - it's difficult to quickly establish whether the post provides an answer, or whether it should be a comment. The title of the flag might have been misleading here. True, this may not have been an answer, but it's difficult to validate. In this case I'd suggest commenting on the post ...


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Not really, unfortunately: the best one can do is flag a post by the user and explain in the comment.


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Emphasis mine: This was posted as an answer, but it does not attempt to answer the question. It should possibly be an edit, a comment, another question, or deleted altogether. So yes: If you think that the answer is so horribly wrong that it should be deleted - flag it.


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There also seems a trend to flag incorrect answers as “not an answer”. Please don't do that. Just downvote or add a comment. E.g., https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/59229/83 is an answer. It just doesn't do what the OP wanted.


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The only anonymous way to give feedback is through voting (either up-voting or down-voting). All other means leave a community-visible record. Similar to what that Newton guy once said, every action has some form of reaction... give or take. You seem to have covered some reaction with every option you list. It is a bit extreme to assume that every option ...


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Actually, it is not uncommon for people to post things like: A solution to what they think the OP 'really' wants, when OP has made his/her question very focused and specific. A diatribe of sorts, lecturing the OP on how they should not even be in their situation. Their personal experience dealing with a similar problem. The motivation for this is often ...


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Since this seems to be by-design, I posted a feature request for separation of "invalid flag" flags from all the other ones in the statistics: Separate "invalid flags" in the flag statistics


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