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


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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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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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My approach would be to flag it as Very Low Quality, pushing it to the VLQ review, where the community can further decide what to do with it. That pushes it into the right direction. I'd also post a comment to the answer with a justification as to why the answer is of low (or poor) quality. This will help users voting within the VLQ review as only the ...


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It is up to the poster to decide. There is even a badge for it "peer pressure" or something similar. It is an answer and relevant not necessarily correct. Here package defaults might have made the difference about the caption distance. It's just an answer and answers are not kept depending on their correctness. I also don't understand your willingness to ...


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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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In my opinion, that answer should be a comment. I flagged it. It's also arguable that Inkscape is easier than TikZ. It depends on which one you know better. Eventually, reproducing a logo is against the trademark laws. I think also the question should be deleted. I also flagged it.


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I would say that the actual question is "how can I include the logo in a latex document" Tikz is just a suggested solution in the question. Ignoring suggested solutions in questions is the norm rather than the exception for answers on the site. For logos especially, the correct answer here is almost certainly to download the logo from https://www....


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As long as the answer addresses the 'core issue' of the question (here: add a specific logo to a document) then it is a real/legitimate answer. If the answer does not follow the requirements in the question then it may be a bad answer, but still a real answer. It may very well be that an approach outlined in such an answer is actually better than the ...


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This seems to be the normal behavior apart from "()" which I couldn't reproduce. "Should be closed for another reason" goes into "you have already flagged" if you flag a question.


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On posts for example (since your question's title implies you're inquiring about posts and not comments deletion) you can see the reason behind a deletion at the bottom of the question, like in this example of yours.


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